International Company Cuts Ribbon in Athens

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International and now right here in southeastern Ohio.

"I think Athens is going to bring the enthusiasm, the quality, the talent, that we're looking for as a global I-T services company," explains the Vice President of CGI, Dave Henderson.

Athens welcomes CGI's newest IT Center of Excellence. The new center is expected to bring at least 150 new jobs by 2016.

"From the city of Athens to the county to the state and local agencies have all come together to bring CGI here and create this kind of economic growth is phenomenal," continues Henderson.

But getting this global company to settle here, wasn't easy. There were plenty of other states competing for this expansion, CGI says Athens offered a lot of promise.

"One thing about being in a university town like this is it brings so much vitality and so much depth of knowledge," explains the City of Athens Mayor, Paul Wiehl, "and that you can step out there and look out there and you have the hills and the rural setting."

"We wouldn't locate in just any place and we think this place," says Henderson, "this area, is going to bring the right mix of talent that we need to grow as a company."

Jobs Ohio says this growth is a perfect example of that the region and the entire state is starting to turn around economically. "This region has obviously been hit hard as has the entire state and this is a good example of giving people hope and I think that this will," say President of JobsOhio, John Minor.

JobsOhio explains it saying there's along way still to go but it promises the state is on the right track. "Since this administration and Gov. Kasich has taken office, we've gone from number 48 as a state in terms of job creation to number four in the US."

"It's a way we tie into the rest of the world," says Mayor Wiehl. "It's happening all the sudden and it's a positive way to tie into the rest of the world. It's a chance for us to build community and business together."

CGI is the sixth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world.

The center is expected to open in January. They are currently taking resumes.

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