Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will establish a Technology Integration Gateway™ in Cookeville, TN. The new facility is expected to create 300 new jobs over the next five years.
Headquartered in McLean, VA, SAIC is a premier technology integrator in the technical, engineering, intelligence and IT sectors. SAIC employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. The new positions will include a wide range of technology jobs, including roles in information technology (IT) services, computer programming, engineering and software development. It will also provide cloud, cyber security and data science expertise.
“SAIC has a long legacy of doing business in Tennessee,” said SAIC CEO Tony Moraco. “When seeking a location for our first Technology Integration Gateway, Tennessee was a natural choice, especially given Governor Haslam’s strong commitment to workforce development, job creation and post-secondary attainment. The Cookeville Gateway will provide an excellent opportunity to build a lasting relationship with Tennessee Tech, support the development of a 21st century workforce and help local talent develop the in-demand skills necessary to address our customers’ most critical IT missions.”
Expected to open this summer, the Technology Integration Gateway will serve federal defense and civilian agencies, state and local governments, as well as commercial businesses. SAIC is exploring partnership opportunities with Tennessee Tech to identify and provide high-tech training to prospective IT employees.
“We’re pleased that SAIC has decided to expand further in Tennessee by creating 300 well-paying jobs in software engineering, computer programming and other technology roles in Cookeville,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “Tennessee leads the nation in the growth of STEM-related advanced industry jobs and SAIC’s new commitment to Putnam County continues that strong momentum, bringing us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“SAIC employs more than 600 Tennesseans and this decision to put additional resources in Tennessee is a strong vote of confidence in the strength of our workforce,” said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “SAIC’s commitment to forge strong ties with Tennessee Tech University and create high quality jobs matches perfectly with our statewide efforts to better align higher education with the needs of business partners. We look forward to the positive impact SAIC will have in Cookeville for years to come.”
Local officials praised SAIC for its commitment to create jobs in Cookeville.
“The City of Cookeville is extremely excited about this announcement. The impact these new jobs will have on our downtown merchants and businesses is significant,” said Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton. “Jobs in the technology sector will be vital in helping raise per capita income in Cookeville. Higher wage jobs will create more income for our local businesses to capitalize on. The bottom line is that jobs in this sector translate to greater opportunities for our retailers, and this is very promising in regards to our city’s future. We look forward to more technology-based firms making Cookeville their home.”
“Tennessee Tech, along with leaders in Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland, strives to create a friendly frontier for businesses. We are excited to play a key part in developing training and education partnerships for SAIC,” said Tennessee Technological University President Phil Oldham. “More and more, our faculty, students and staff allow the university to influence industrial recruitment and growth, job creation, and entrepreneur development based on our area’s specialties and strengths.”
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