August 23, 2018
We congratulate Capgemini, the City of Columbia and Richland County on this announcement. This latest expansion of Capgemini's facility at the BullStreet development strengthens the insurance and information technology (IT) industry in the Central SC region and this state, and speaks to the efforts made to attract modern, knowledge-based companies statewide.
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S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:
For Immediate Release
August 23, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Capgemini, a global consulting and technology firm, today announced it is expanding its operations in Richland County with the opening of an advanced technology and development center. The new center is projected to create at least 200 jobs, with the potential for additional positions in the future.
Capgemini’s expanded operations are part of its worldwide, connected network of advanced technology and development centers, where diverse teams of innovators develop and implement new technology and digital experiences.
In February 2017, Capgemini acquired Columbia-based insurance and information technology (IT) services firm TCube Solutions, Inc.; and, in December 2017, the company opened a new office in The BullStreet District (BullStreet), which is designed to attract modern, knowledge-based companies.
With this latest investment, Capgemini will expand its footprint in the First Base Building at Spirit Communications Park at BullStreet. The company will hire, train and develop a team of technology experts focused on emerging and advanced technology solutions for a variety of critical clients across multiple industries. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and those interested in joining the Capgemini team in Columbia can visit https://www.capgemini.com/us-en/careers/columbia/.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $400,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Richland County to assist with the costs of building improvements.
“We’re excited to lead the growth of emerging and digital technologies in Columbia and the region. This investment will be a place where our clients and employees will be exposed to a new way of approaching strategy and growth, using emerging technologies that will radically change the way we do business.” –Capgemini Executive Vice President Paul Naquin
“Capgemini is a perfect example of the type of innovative companies that are revolutionizing South Carolina’s economy, and we’re proud to welcome these 200 new jobs to Richland County. This announcement is a milestone for the community, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Capgemini.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“This is the largest announcement of technology jobs in Columbia in the last decade and was made possible by partnership with Governor McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the City of Columbia and the developer of The BullStreet District. These jobs will pay 50 percent more than the average hourly earnings in Columbia, and are a testament to the type of workforce we have in South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Capgemini’s decision to locate this state-of-the-art technology center in Richland County is a huge stride in our community’s efforts to create knowledge economy career opportunities and retain talented young people.” –Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson
“BullStreet continues to thrive. We’re thrilled to welcome the Capgemini expansion to The BullStreet District. Their creation of 200 new jobs in application and cloud development in the quickly-developing First Base Building confirms that the Spirit Communications Park complex isn’t just a ballpark but a true ‘live, work, play’ destination for a new generation of talented and educated IT leaders.” –Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
“From leading-edge research projects to internship and pipeline programs for talented students, the relationship we’re establishing with Capgemini is a great example of how universities and private industries can work together toward a common purpose. These partnerships are also beneficial to the local economy because they help create and retain high-value jobs right here in the Midlands.” –University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides
FIVE FAST FACTS
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities' State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce