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CGI institute coming to UL-Lafayette

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Information technology company CGI will open a technology center in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Research Park.

The plans were announced Monday at a Lafayette Economic Development Authority gathering attended by Gov. Bobby Jindal, CGI officials and others. The Advocate reports ( ) that the facility is expected to employ 400 high-tech workers in the next four years. CGI executive James Peake said annual salaries will average $55,000.

Peake said CGI will begin hiring in a few months, and will start operations at a temporary location later this year,

Construction is to begin this year on the $13.1 million, 50,000-square-foot building. The Louisiana-financed facility will be leased by CGI and owned by UL-Lafayette or a nonprofit associated with the university.

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