Global professional services giant Accenture is set to launch an advanced technology center in the US city of St. Louis.
The center will create as many as 1,400 jobs over the next five years, providing US federal agencies with digital, cloud, automation, artificial intelligence, and cyber solutions.
Officials at the consulting firm say the St Luis center will work in coordination with their other similar labs in San Antonio, Washington DC, New York, and Virginia.
“Together, this network provides an unmatched ability to design and deliver modern solutions for our federal clients at speed and at scale,” says Accenture’s senior executive Ali Bokhari.
If everything goes according to plan, the technology center will be up and running by the end of this year. Initially, Accenture will staff the facility with just 200 professionals, but will increase the headcount as months pass by.
It seems many US states dangled lucrative tax benefits to Accenture as part of their bid to have the center established in their territory. In the end, Missouri proved successful.
Accenture will “receive $20.2 million in diverted state withholdings taxes from the Missouri Works incentive program, plus $219,000 for training and recruitment assistance,” reported St. Luis Business Journal, citing government officials.
Accenture is winning a string of contracts from US federal agencies, many of which are increasingly embracing technologies to streamline their operations.
Months ago, the US Navy engaged Accenture to streamline its digital operations. The contracts of this kind, analysts say, created the need for establishing more technology labs.
Earlier in May this year, Accenture doubled the size of its Washington DC-based digital studio, adding dozens of designers, software developers, and data scientists, to its payroll.