, a multinational information technology (IT) firm based in Montreal, has announced its intentions to open an IT Center of Excellence at the Stateside Technology Park in Athens in January.
CGI Senior Vice President Lorne Gorber characterizes the decision to open a location in Athens as a no-brainer. Strong partnerships with Ohio University
, Hocking College
, the Athens County Economic Development Corporation, and economic incentives from the city and state – namely JobsOhio
-- were paramount in driving the decision, explains Gorber. For example, CGI will receive a 6-year, 60 percent Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit.
The Athens location will be CGI’s fourth in Ohio with additional offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Mayfield Heights. “CGI’s Onshore Center of Excellence in Athens will provide world-class IT services, such as application development, maintenance, testing, support, and integration to our commercial and government clients throughout the U.S.,” says Gorber. “Because the center is based in a smaller community, our services can be delivered at up to 30 percent savings compared to services delivered in U.S. metro markets.”
Gorber continues, “CGI’s Onshore Center of Excellence in Athens will add 150 jobs by 2016, creating an estimated $6.2 million in new annual payroll and generating additional economic impact in the region.” Candidates interested in applying for a position can visit CGI’s career page
Source: Lorne Gorber
Writer: Joe Baur