CGI Group, a multinational information technology consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company, has announced plans to setup shop in Lafayette with a new office in the UL Research Park. The new office will create 400 high paying jobs for Lafayette. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel joined “Nathan and Bernie in the Morning” today to discuss what CGI Group's decision to locate in Lafayette means for the community.

As I explained to him that we had Fiber To The Home, and we had gigabit service, his eyes lit up and his jaw hit the table

"This is exactly what we envisioned when we did Fiber to the Home," said an ecstatic Durel. "It’s getting these good, clean, high paying jobs to our community."

Durel says CGI Group's decision to locate in Lafayette was a huge achievement for a community dedicated to becoming a hub for the technology industry. Something the City-Parish President hopes will attract more technology businesses in the future.

They are the first big win for us that are high profile in the world of technology," said Durel. "This is an IBM caliber company, there’s like 5 or 6 in the world."

Durel credits LUS Fiber along with the University of Louisiana as key factors for CGI Group's decision to locate in Lafayette. Durel says representatives from CGI Group were very impressed when the capabilities of LUS Fiber were describe to them in meetings.

"As I explained to him that we had Fiber To The Home, and we had gigabit service, his eyes lit up and his jaw hit the table," said Durel. "They couldn't have gotten that anywhere else".

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