COOKEVILLE – State and local officials will formally welcome Cookeville’s newest company during an event planned later this month.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and others are expected to attend. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced in April its plans for its newest office here – its first Technology Integration Gateway. The company will hire 300 over the next five years.

The welcome event will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Tennessee Tech’s Oakley STEM Center, 155 W. Seventh St., Cookeville, and is hosted by the Highlands Economic Partnership.

“This is a celebration event for all key stakeholders to come together and talk about why this is important for the state, for our company and for Tennessee Tech,” SAIC spokeswoman Monty Vest told the UCBJ. “This took a lot of collaboration and is a great example of what happens when entities come together to increase quality of life and bring in jobs.”

Besides Haslam, remarks are expected from Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco, Tennessee Tech President Dr. Phil Oldham, Putnam County Executive Randy Porter, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton and Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce President George Halford.

SAIC is leasing space in the Regions Bank building downtown. The company will host a wide range of technology jobs at the office, including IT services, computer programming, engineering and software development. The Gateway will also provide cloud, cyber security and data science expertise. It’s expected to open in June and has been hiring in recent weeks.


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