A few days following the devastating EF4 tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt region in February, Hattiesburg received some good news with the announcement by Governor Phil Bryant that General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) would be opening a new facility in the city.
To be located in the Cloverleaf Center, GDIT’s Federal Student Aid Information Center will process applications and eligibility for more than $100 billion in federal student assistance for higher education. Workers will also aid the public in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The 17,750-square-foot facility is expected to bring 225 new jobs to the area by summer, and increase to 250 jobs by spring 2014.
A University of Southern Mississippi graduate, Bryant was pleased to welcome GDIT to Hattiesburg.
“The decision by General Dynamics to locate these operations here and create so many jobs for the area’s residents is great news not only for the Hattiesburg region but for the entire state,” he said. “I thank General Dynamics for placing confidence in our business climate and in our workforce.”
The new location is expected to be operational in April. Shortly after the announcment, the company hosted two job fairs to help staff positions at the facility. GDIT also participated in a Southern Miss career day at the Thad Cochran Center for alumni and current students.
The Mississippi Development Authority worked with local economic development partners to support the project.
“General Dynamics Information Technology is pleased to be part of Hattiesburg’s growth and economic development while at the same time continuing on our promise to deliver superior customer service to the Federal Student Aid program and its stakeholders,” said Marcus Collier, senior vice president for the company’s Health and Civilian Solutions division. “We look forward to becoming a true part of the Hattiesburg community.”
Headquartered in Virginia, GDIT serves customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 21,000 workers worldwide, the company, a business unit of Fortune 100 company General Dynamics, delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.