Fairfax, Virginia. – CGI announced that it has exceeded its onshore development goal of hiring 400 professionals for its IT Center of Excellence in Lafayette.
This is a year ahead of original projections made by company leaders and local officials when CGI selected the south Louisiana site in 2014.
CGI is seeking to fill additional new positions at the Cajundome Boulevard location this year, the company said today.
“While I am extremely excited about the growth of CGI’s workforce in Lafayette, I am most appreciative of how engaged, active and committed CGI team members are at making Lafayette a great place to live, work and play,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.
“Our partnership with the Lafayette community has exceeded all expectations,” said Tim Hurlebaus, President, CGI Federal. “We are proud to call Lafayette a shining example of CGI’s onshore delivery model, which generates meaningful jobs across the U.S. while enabling us to provide government and commercial clients with high-quality digital transformation solutions at reduced costs.”
After reaching an initial agreement in 2014, CGI opened the $13.1 million, 50,000-square-foot onshore IT service center in May 2016 and remains an anchor tenant of the 143-acre Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL-Lafayette).
The project also included a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative led by UL-Lafayette with a goal to triple the number of undergraduate degrees awarded annually by the University’s School of Computing and Informatics.
“The dynamic collaboration between UL-Lafayette and CGI has focused on creating internships, capstone projects and employment opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Joseph Savoie, President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “We’re producing high-quality undergraduate and graduate students from across multiple disciplines who are able to find jobs right here at home, thanks to CGI and other innovative companies in our region.”
CGI has also established a research and technology innovation lab in Lafayette to advance cutting-edge, digital transformation technologies such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, future cities, big data and data visualization. The innovation center is used by both CGI and UL-Lafayette for technology demonstrations, client innovation sessions and learning events.
“When CGI announced the decision to open a facility in Lafayette in 2014, we knew it was the nascency of a new and vibrant industry in Acadiana,” said Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “What we didn’t know was the transformative impact those 400 jobs would have on the region as the energy sector entered a downturn. These 400 jobs have provided quality employment opportunities for graduates with local upward mobility. We look forward to CGI’s continued growth in Lafayette and working with the company and our community partners to make Lafayette a premier high-tech hub in the southeastern U.S.”