SPONSORED: CGI Announces Major Louisiana Expansion

During his special session speech on May 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with IT company CGI executive Dave Henderson, announced that CGI will launch a significant expansion of its Lafayette IT Center of Excellence and create 400 new direct jobs. The Picard Group was on hand for the announcement which also recognized The Picard Group clients, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority  and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The announcement marks the completion of an amended Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, or CEA, among the State of Louisiana; CGI Federal; UL Lafayette; LEDA; Louisiana Economic Development, or LED; and Ragin Cajun Facilities Inc., the university affiliate that owns and manages the facility where CGI is located on the UL Lafayette Research Park. In May 2016, Gov. Edwards and CGI dedicated the $13.1 million, 50,000-square-foot information technology center, which serves as an anchor for the research park.  CGI will explore plans for a second Lafayette facility.

Since establishing a Lafayette location in 2014, CGI has surpassed the original full-employment target of 400 professionals. Now, the company will build on that baseline with a second phase of growth rising to 800 employees over the coming years.  Statewide, CGI’s employment will reach 900.

“Today’s announcement by CGI cements Lafayette’s reputation as a premier technology hub on the Gulf Coast,” said LEDA President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux. “Their initial commitment of 400 jobs and today’s announcement of 400 additional jobs, demonstrates CGI’s confidence that Acadiana can provide workforce necessary for the company to serve their clients. The high-skill technology jobs created at CGI have been transformational to our economy. Technology crosses into every industry from energy to finance, from health care to retail, helping to spark job growth and educational opportunities across the region. These new jobs at CGI will continue to keep our graduates here and attract those who want to make their home in Acadiana. We look forward to CGI’s continued growth in Lafayette and Acadiana.”

CGI’s operations in Lafayette focus on application development and emerging digital technologies. Among them are the deployment of data analytics to optimize performance and to identify cost savings for clients; hybrid IT, cloud and infrastructure management; and streamlined citizen and industry interactions with government through digital solutions. CGI’s clients’ industries range from banking to oil and gas to healthcare sectors, providing economic development growth opportunities for many businesses and students at UL Lafayette.

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