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Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 29 attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Cognizant’s new regional technology and service delivery center in Irving. Announced in November 2017, this new 50,000 square foot facility will create over 1,000 new jobs and $8 million in capital investment. Cognizant currently employs about 4,100 people in Texas, including the company’s U.S. operations headquarters located in College Station.

“This investment by Cognizant is further proof of the remarkable momentum of Texas’ economic expansion,” said Abbott. “With the right policies, top-notch workforce and partnerships with great companies like Cognizant, Texas will continue to grow the economy and create more opportunity for Texans across the state. I congratulate Cognizant on this expansion and I thank them for their investment in the people of Irving and for being a part of Texas’ economic success story.”

The new center houses a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot training facility that will focus on in-demand skills for digital economy jobs. Cognizant will train more than 1,000 people at the facility over the next 36 months, leading to potential employment opportunities for participants with Cognizant and other local businesses. Cognizant plans to hire as many as 750 of the program’s initial graduates to fill newly-created jobs in the Irving area. Cognizant is also working with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, and the Dallas County Community College District for other training initiatives.

“Texas is home to our U.S. operations headquarters and also many of our clients who recognize the state’s strong talent pool, educational institutions and quality of life,” said Karen McLoughlin, chief financial officer, Cognizant. “Our latest expansion is the result of Texas’ business-friendly environment, The Texas Enterprise Fund, and the location of our many other partners in the Irving and Dallas region. As one of the largest technology recruiters and employers in the United States, Cognizant cares deeply about our country’s workers and their sustained ability to keep pace globally as technology races ahead. We depend on maintaining a highly skilled, deeply knowledgeable workforce. This new center was designed for both client service, and for skills training, and will help grow overall employment opportunities for Texas residents, and meet our continued need for skilled talent.”

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) is one of the world’s leading professional services companies.

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