400-job tech center planned at ULL's research park

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2014 at 3:01 am •  Published: April 29, 2014
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal says Canadian-based CGI-Group Inc. plans a 400-job technology center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Research Park.

CGI executive James Peake said Monday that employees will develop complex business and information technology solutions for clients.

CGI will get a $5.3-million performance-based grant for relocating, recruiting and training workers and for building operation.

Louisiana also offers a 35 percent tax credit on payroll and a 25 percent tax credit for production expenses under its Digital Interactive Media and Software Development program.

Its Quality Jobs program rebates 5 or 6 percent of annual gross payroll for up to 10 years.

Local incentives include up to $1.1 million from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. The university's 10-year lease includes a $600,000 in-kind contribution for the first five years