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CGI tech center coming to UL-Lafayette

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2014 at 4:06 am •  Published: April 29, 2014
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Information technology company CGI will open a technology center in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Research Park.

The plans were announced Monday at a Lafayette Economic Development Authority gathering attended by Gov. Bobby Jindal, CGI officials and others. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1tWToS5) that the facility is expected to employ 400 high-tech workers in the next four years. CGI executive James Peake said annual salaries will average $55,000.

Peake said CGI will begin hiring in a few months, and will start operations at a temporary location later this year,

Construction is to begin this year on the $13.1 million, 50,000-square-foot building. The Louisiana-financed facility will be leased by CGI and owned by UL-Lafayette or a nonprofit associated with the university.

As part of the CGI project, Louisiana will fund a $4.5 million program over 10 years to enhance UL-Lafayette's School of Computing and Informatics. The goal is to triple the number of four-year computer science degrees awarded each year so Louisiana's growing high-tech sector can stay staffed, Jindal said.

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