Technology company to bring 500 jobs to Pittsburgh
By Debra Erdley
Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
A Virginia-based information technology services company will open a location in the Strip District next month and plans to add 500 jobs over the next three years.
Computer Sciences Corp. officials said the decision to locate a $14 million facility here was the culmination of a yearlong search for a site to house a next-generation IT services operation that will provide cyber security, data analytics, cloud computing and system modernization services to businesses.
A company spokesman said publicly traded CSC began with an analysis of 400 potential sites before narrowing it to six finalist cities, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Nashville, Tampa and Orlando, Fla.
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and Gov. Tom Corbett's administration worked with the company and crafted an incentive package of $5.4 million in state grants, loans and tax credits.
“Every finalist city had its own package of incentives, but I would say on balance that it was not all about (financial) incentives,” said Everett Dyer, CSC vice president for global delivery networks. “The important element was the pool of resources. Pittsburgh had the kind of education and experience up and down the spectrum that we were looking for. Frankly, it was the university and school environment in the Pittsburgh area that set it aside.”
“With a mix of local IT talent and technically trained graduates, Pittsburgh provides an excellent recruiting pool for us to build a next-generation workforce,” said Gary Budzinski, executive vice president and general manager for CSC's global infrastructure services.
Dyer said the company will seek everything from new college and technical school graduates to those who “have more experience and have honed their technical skills in a real world.”
CSC is poised to move into a temporary site at 1350 Penn Ave. in January while it seeks a 120,000-square-foot space to house operations here.
The company employs 81,000 worldwide and has facilities in Australia, India, South America, Europe and Canada, as well as the United States.
Dyer said the company is in the early stages of starting its next-generation workforce in Europe and India. The Pittsburgh facility will be the first one of its kind in this country.
Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or email@example.com.
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