Accenture picks St. Louis for advanced tech hub jobs

St. Louis is proving to be an attractive spot for technology firms

Michael Calhoun
June 24, 2020 - 3:07 am

CREVE COEUR (KMOX) -- The St. Louis region is proving to be an attractive match for technology companies.

Accenture Federal Services announced Tuesday it plans to open an advanced technology center in west St. Louis County, bringing 1,400 new jobs to the area over the next five years.

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"St. Louis is a place where tech talent wants to live. That's really important to have a location where your workforce is happy and can build their lives," CEO John Goodman said. "It's the home of world-class universities, research facilities, medical institutions, business, cultural and artistic institutions and, as a resident of Washington D.C. I hate to admit it, outstanding sports teams."

This division of Accenture provides U.S. government agencies with digital, cloud, automation, artificial intelligence, and cyber security solutions.

"Here at our new center we will help our federal clients deliver mission-critical programs that literally touch the lives of millions of Americans," Goodman said.

Accenture started searching for a site more than a year ago. Goodman said St. Louis rose to the top because of the "great talent and strong community."

"You have a very strong workforce oriented towards technology and outstanding educational instiutions that are delivering the next generation of talent."

Then perhaps its no coincidence that the announcement took place on the campus of Maryville University. Accenture will locate next door in the Maryville Centre office park.

Recruitment is getting underway and will produce 200 new jobs this year. Goodman says the firm will offer training for people seeking new career paths.

He credited work in recent years across the St. Louis community to create a vibrant tech ecosystem.

"It takes real collaboration and great talent across both the public and the private sector to make change and to make a difference," Goodman said.

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