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Premier technology integrator is expected to create 300 jobs over the next five years in Putnam County

(NASHVILLE) – Monday morning, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) officials announced that the company will establish a Technology Integration Gateway™ in Cookeville.

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. It is expected to create 300 new tech jobs over the next five years, including roles in information technology (IT) services, computer programming, engineering and software development. The Gateway will also provide cloud, cyber security and data science expertise.

“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,” Haslam said. “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,” Rolfe said. “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.”

“The City of Cookeville is already a fantastic community for Tennesseans to live, work and raise a family,” said Representative Williams. “Today’s announcement provides a tremendous boost to our local economy because the average wage of the jobs it creates more than doubles the current average household income of residents who live in District 42. These new jobs will have a tremendous impact on our current residents and will also make our region more appealing to future graduates who enter the workforce in search of first-rate jobs.”

SAIC is also exploring partnership opportunities with Tennessee Tech to identify and provide high-tech training to prospective IT employees. Headquartered in McLean, VA, it employs more than 15,000 people worldwide and is a premier technology integrator in the technical, engineering, intelligence and IT sectors.

Ryan Williams serves as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He also serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Government Operations, House Health, and the House Calendar & Rules Committees. Williams lives in Cookeville and represents House District 42, which includes a portion of Putnam County. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-1875.


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