American IT outsourcing company Rural Sourcing is expanding its footprint to Oklahoma City with the launch of a software development center.
The center will be located in the Rock Island Plow building and will have around 150 employees.
This is the company’s fifth development center, with the others located in Albuquerque, NM, Augusta, GA, Jonesboro, AR and Mobile, AL.
The company reportedly considered as many as 49 US cities before settling on Oklahoma City.
“We chose Oklahoma City because it has a rich and diverse talent pool, supportive city leadership, and a tech scene where we can become a catalyst for growth,” said Monty Hamilton, CEO of Rural Sourcing, in a statement.
“The city also has an abundance of local schools and universities that are willing to partner with us on their software development curriculum so that we can grow the overall technology workforce and further strengthen our position in the marketplace.”
The establishment of the center and the creation of jobs ‘equates to over a US$7 million investment in the first year into the community’, stated the company in a press release. Rural Sourcing is likely to receive incentives from the state government for the number of jobs it creates for the local community.
The incentives, reports say, help it better compete with its foreign rivals, particularly IT outsourcing firms from India and Europe.
Started in 2004 in a small building in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with 10 people, Rural Sourcing says it is pressing on with its mission of creating ‘thousands of jobs’ in the United States.