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Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Add Additional Site in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New Jobs

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March 13, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Add Additional Site in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New Jobs

Harrisburg Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Computer Aid, Inc., an IT services firm, has established an office in the City of Harrisburg, a move that will create 50 new high-paying jobs.

“Companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their businesses,” said Corbett. “My administration is proud to partner with Computer Aid to provide high-paying jobs to our citizens and real-world experience for our students right here in our capital city.”

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI) has entered into a lease for space at Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg. The company plans to invest nearly $1.3 million in the project including fitting out the building space to accommodate new computer systems, new offices and conference rooms. CAI has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs and retaining 619 more positions over the next three years.

“In the past decades millions of IT technology jobs have been outsourced to other countries. I believe that the young men and women in this program offer a stronger alternative than sending jobs offshore,” said Tony Salvaggio, President and CEO of Computer Aid. “This training will dramatically affect the trajectory of their lives and will provide a set of highly motivated, energetic, and competitive skilled resources for Highmark and hopefully other businesses. I commend Highmark and their executives for initiating such a great program.”

CAI has entered into a contract with Highmark to manage its IT revitalization project for its subsidiary United Concordia Dental. In addition to the new, permanent jobs, CAI will be using part-time college students to fill some project roles, providing the students with real world experience.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation. Computer Aid has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for the grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Computer Aid, Inc. is a global IT services firm with a network of support centers in the U.S. and abroad. CAI was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 and is headquartered in Allentown, Lehigh County.

For more information on Computer Aid, Inc. visit www.compaid.com.

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

For more information about Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.

Media contacts:

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132

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