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Gov. Perry Announces EDS Expansion in El Paso

Location: El Paso, TX

Gov. Perry Announces EDS Expansion in El Paso

New Solutions Centre Will Employ 150 from the El Paso Area

Gov. Rick Perry today participated in the official opening of the new Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Solutions Centre is El Paso. The Solutions Centre will bring 150 good paying jobs to the El Paso area.

"Today as EDS's new Solutions Centre officially opens its doors, the door of opportunity is opening for more El Paso families," Perry said. "EDS has already announced that 100 jobs will be located here in El Paso and today we welcome their announcement that an additional 50 jobs will be created for local workers."

The EDS Solutions Centre employs experienced, well-trained professionals who provide a variety of skilled technology services, including writing software programs that supports multiple local and state EDS contracts.

"These are good-paying jobs for highly-skilled workers," Perry said. "Not only will these new jobs help more families afford their dreams, they will boost the local economy as paychecks are cashed and spent and increase revenue to pay for important government priorities."

Last week, EDS joined a group of other companies in providing the largest in-kind contribution ever received by the University of Texas at El Paso: $169 million worth of software, technology and training to help today's students become tomorrow's leaders in the automotive engineering industry.

"With this investment in education and their commitment to creating jobs, EDS is sending a strong message that they will be more than a local employer, but a partner in building a brighter future for all of El Paso," Perry said. "EDS is committed to more than providing jobs for El Paso families; they are committed to being a good corporate neighbor, and a strong supporter of the entire community."

Perry noted that Texas employers continue to grow and create jobs all across the state. Since July 2003, Texas employers have created 217,900 net new jobs and employment in Texas is at an all-time high. The latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows March's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since October 2001.

"We have made job creation a priority because jobs are the bricks that pave the path to prosperity," Perry said. "Jobs generate something far greater than paychecks for workers or revenue for government priorities, and that is hope for Texas families."

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