The new Infosys (NYSE: INFY) U.S. Education Center at the former Indianapolis International Airport terminal site will include more than office space. Ultimately, officials revealed at a news conference Thursday in Indianapolis, it could more closely resemble the type of live, work, play campus found in the company’s other major global locations. The development plans involve more than 70 acres at first through a $35 million investment. Construction, which could begin this year and is expected to be complete in 2020, will involve the U.S. Education Center and a 250-person residential facility.
Infosys, officials say, could double its presence on-site and eventually invest a total of $245 million. The longterm vision includes 786,000-square-feet of facilities with walkways, outdoor and recreational space.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez called the announcement a "gamechanger" for the west side of Indianapolis. "For us, what it means is that it validates why we waited so long to put something in there. Because, there’s a big difference between many uses and the use that’s proposed on there. This is very impactful — high-paying jobs — we believe it will be a catalyst for a renaissance on the west side," he told Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman.
Last year, the massive technology consulting firm announced plans to locate to Indianapolis and create 2,000 jobs. Inside INdiana Business learned earlier this week the expected headcount will jump by 1,000 with the new U.S. Education Center. Governor Eric Holcomb said during the announcement he believes it’s the largest job commitment from any company in the history of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. He described the investment as "truly transformational," adding "it’s not just going to create jobs, but it’s going to help develop and grow the next generation of talent — probably more appropriate to say generations, plural, of talent, because this is going to be a multi-generational impact" for the city and state.
Infosys cut the ribbon last month on its smaller Technology and Innovation Hub at OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indianapolis. With training at the center of its central Indiana focus, Infosys has already signed a five-year strategic alliance with Purdue University for the company’s U.S. employees. During an interview shortly after the company announced its presence in the state, then-Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka said educational resources like Purdue are part of a "great university ecosystem" throughout the state. President Ravi Kumar said in a Studio (i) interview in March eight-to-twelve-week training courses by the company will help those without traditional tech skills get up to speed.
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