CGI announces new onshore IT Services Delivery Center in Lafayette, Louisiana

CGI announces new onshore IT Services Delivery Center in Lafayette, Louisiana 
Partnership will create as many as 400 new jobs 
LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 --  CGI (NYSE: GIB)
(TSX: GIB.A) today announced that it will establish a new onshore
information technology (IT) services delivery center in Lafayette,
Louisiana. The location will be CGI's fifth Onshore Center of
Excellence and create as many as 400 new, high-quality IT jobs in
southwest Louisiana. The annual economic impact of CGI's Lafayette
center is estimated to more than $90 million over the next five
Governor Bobby Jindal said, "CGI is among the world's leading
providers of IT and business process services and represents yet
another significant win for Louisiana's fast-growing technology
sector. This project provides further validation or our work to
create a new Louisiana. Companies are choosing Louisiana because we
offer a highly rated business climate and a competitive workforce
with great talent and desire. The arrival of CGI in Lafayette means
we will retain even more of our best and brightest graduates while
also recruiting out-of-state talent who will recognize Louisiana as
the next great state for business and career opportunity." 
"We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the economic growth and
vision of Lafayette and the surrounding region," said Dr. James
Peake, Lt. Gen. (Ret) President, CGI Federal, a wholly owned
subsidiary of CGI, serving clients in the civilian, defense and
intelligence sectors of the U.S. government. "Our partnership with
Lafayette represents a groundbreaking model for CGI - bringing
together the local community to identify opportunities for innovation
that can be applied globally, while tapping the talent and resources
of Louisiana. As a continuation of our relationship with the state,
this partnership will help create 400 jobs and serve as a model of
corporate-community cooperation for keeping technology jobs in
America. We congratulate the State of Louisiana and the Lafayette
community on this comprehensive, innovative program." 
CGI's onshore delivery model focuses on creating high-quality IT jobs
in America. It is a core element of the company's business strategy
to offer affordable IT services options to government and commercial
clients. The company continually looks for locations offering access
to a quality workforce, strong economics, and partnerships with state
and local government, academia and industry. With its continued
growth and technology-savvy workforce, Lafayette is a perfect partner
for CGI. CGI selected Lafayette after a nearly two-year
site-selection process during which many locations across the country
were considered. CGI's also has onshore delivery centers in Lebanon,
VA, Troy, AL and Belton, TX, as well as a regional center of
excellence in Athens, OH.  
"CGI recognizes that Lafayette is an economic, technical, educational
and cultural hub of Louisiana," said Dave Henderson, CGI senior vice
president. "It is uniquely positioned within the state as a community
that can bring innovation to our market by leveraging strengths, such
as cutting edge fiber optic communications provided by the city. It
has one of the fastest growing workforces in the state, fed by one of
the top-ranked computer science programs in the country - one that
has a unique partnership with the local community college. All of
this is accented by the cultural diversity and the unique "joie de
vivre" of the region." 
As an anchor tenant of the 143-acre Research Park of the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette, CGI will occupy a new $13.1 million,
50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility designed to bring
world-class IT consulting capabilities to CGI's clients. The project
also includes a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education
initiative led by University of Louisiana at Lafayette that will
result in a tripling of the number of undergraduate degrees awarded
annually by the University's School of Computing and Informatics.
That growth is anticipated to place the university's computer science
program among the Top 25 such programs nationally for the number of
bachelor's degrees awarded annually.  
"This collaboration will enable the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette to build on its strong legacy in computer science," UL
Lafayette President Joseph Savoie said. "Through our strategic
partnership with CGI, we will provide students with the knowledge and
specific computer science skills needed by the software industry.
This marriage of higher education and business will lead to
innovation that is an essential element of today's knowledge economy.
By providing professionals needed by high-tech companies, UL
Lafayette will play a key role in developing Louisiana's economy." 
"We are excited to welcome CGI to our community," Lafayette
City-Parish President Joey Durel said. "The jobs that they are
bringing to Lafayette are exactly those we envisioned when we started
the fiber project 10 years ago - the jobs that are good, clean,
high-paying and help our young people stay home. So it is great to
see our fiber investment take root in tangible ways like this one. We
are thrilled to work with CGI and its members to help make Lafayette
the best place to work, live, and raise a family."  
"Today's announcement by CGI is the culmination of more than 30 years
of building a reputation that Lafayette, La., is a premier technology
hub - not only in the South but in the entire U.S," said President
and CEO Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development
Authority. "CGI officials recognize the strength of UL Lafayette's
superior education programs and specialized centers, and the
community's assets and innovative spirit. CGI's decision to locate
more than 400 jobs in Lafayette is another step in keeping our highly
trained graduates in the area and in attracting those who want to
make their home in Acadiana. At LEDA, we look forward to continuing
our work with CGI as they become an integral part of the University's
Research Park and of our community."  
Construction on the new facility will begin this year with plans to
be completed by year-end 2015. CGI will begin hiring in the next few
months and begin operations at a temporary location in late 2014. 
About CGI  
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent
information technology and business process services firm in the
world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global
clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe
and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services
including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration,
application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as
well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annual revenue in
excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$19 billion,
CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: 
Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice-President, Global Communications
and Investor Relations
+1 514-841-3355 
Linda Odorisio
Vice-President, Global Communications
+1 703-267-8118
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