Dave Henderson: CGI to Tap Louisiana Workforce for Future IT Services Delivery Center

CGI-logoCGI will build an information technology services delivery center in Lafayette, La. with the goal of creating up to new jobs in the region and generating more than $90 million in economic impact for the city in five years.

The company will open the hub at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s 143-acre research hub and occupy a 50,000 square-foot facility there, CGI said Monday.

Upon completion, the Lafayette center will be CGI’s fifth “Onshore Center of Excellence” in the U.S.

Dave Henderson, a CGI senior vice president, said the company sought to tap the resources of Lafayette as “an economic, technical, educational and cultural hub of Louisiana.”

“It is uniquely positioned within the state as a community that can bring innovation to our market by leveraging strengths, such as cutting edge fiber optic communications provided by the city,” Henderson said.

The Lafayette hub is also part of a a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative led by UL Lafayette that will aim to triple number of undergraduate degrees awarded each yer by the university’s School of Computing and Informatics.

“(Lafayette) has one of the fastest growing workforces in the state, fed by one of the top-ranked computer science programs in the country – one that has a unique partnership with the local community college,” Henderson said.

“Through our strategic partnership with CGI, we will provide students with the knowledge and specific computer science skills needed by the software industry,” UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie said.

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