Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mayor, Lt. Governor, IT Firm Announce Company’s Plans To Grow Its Indianapolis Headquarters

Mayor Greg Ballard, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and executives of Smart IT Staffing Inc., an information technology firm, today announced the company’s plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, creating up to 80 new jobs by 2014.

The company, which provides contract staffing and full-time placement services for companies needing information technology workers, will invest more than $480,000 to lease and equip additional space at its current Downtown Indianapolis headquarters.

“The continued growth of Smart IT and its commitment of high-skill, high-wage jobs for hardworking Hoosiers is great news for our local economy,” said Mayor Ballard. “These are exactly the types of jobs we want in Indianapolis and are excited about the future of this outstanding company and its investment in our community.”

Smart IT, which currently employs nearly 100 associates in Indianapolis, plans to begin hiring additional information technology professionals this year and will make investments in infrastructure and equipment to support their growth.

“We’re excited for the growth that Smart IT is experiencing and we know they can reach and surpass their goals by leveraging the talent emerging from Indiana’s universities,” said Lt. Governor Skillman. “This company had other options for this expansion, but they chose to invest in Indiana and further enhance the Central Indiana economy. We’ll work hard to show them they have made a wise investment.

Founded in 2005, Smart IT operates a second office in Cincinnati. The company has been named among the fastest-growing private companies and among the largest information technology staffing firms in Indianapolis by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Customers served by Smart IT, a minority- and woman-owned business enterprise, include Sallie Mae, Simon Property Group and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

"Our growth and success is a testament from our customers about the service, quality, execution and overall value we bring to clients. We are proud to grow in our hometown of Indianapolis and will continue to serve our clients, both in-state and out-of-state, with the highest level of service," said Karen Cooper, president of Smart IT Staffing. "We give our gratitude to the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana for their support of our project."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Smart IT Staffing Inc. up to $1 million in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job-creation plans. The City of Indianapolis will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of Develop Indy.

Smart IT’s announced expansion comes just three weeks after IT consulting firm Fusion Alliance announced it would invest more than $2.2 million to lease and equip additional space at its Northwest Indianapolis headquarters, creating up to 107 new jobs by 2014.

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