Apr 28, 2014 8:35 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Gov. Bobby Jindal stopped in Lafayette Monday to announce that hundreds of new jobs are coming to Lafayette.
Technology company CGI said it will build a new technology center, establishing the new facility at the University of Louisiana's Research Park.
CGI is teaming up with UL through a state-funded 10 year $4.5M higher education initiative, which will expand UL's Computer Science program.
Governor Jindal said CGI's new technology center is a win-win situation for both Lafayette and UL.
"Here in the UL Lafayette Research Park (is) another beautiful, beautiful tenant for this great park that's creating jobs, helping our university apply its research and its educational mission, to also improving the lives of our people through economic development," said Governor Jindal.
While CGI's technology center will offer four hundred new jobs, another four hundred additional jobs could be created as a result.
"For every direct job, there's an indirect job being created," said Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) President/CEO Gregg Gothreaux.
"Those indirect jobs are basically collecting taxes and they're selling services to the company or employees of the company," Gothreaux added.
At full employment, CGI's technology center will have a total annual payroll of about $22 million.
"To have a national company come in provides upward mobility for those who want to work at a company where they can move up the ladder into another place. So, it's a great symbiotic relationship between a national company, our local companies, and our university," Gothreaux said.