Aptera Software, Inc., a software development and web design firm, will expand its operations center in Fort Wayne, Indiana
, creating up to 17 new jobs by 2016.
The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $785,000 to renovate and equip its current 13,500 square-foot building located at 201 West Main St. in Fort Wayne. The renovations, which are expected to be complete by January, will allow the company to accommodate additional employees and streamline work processes.
Aptera, which currently has more than 70 employees, has already begun to hire software developers, network engineers and graphic designers, as well as expand its marketing and sales teams. As part of the project, Aptera plans to train and equip its new and current employees.
"Both my business partner and I are from Fort Wayne and bringing high-tech jobs to the area is a very rewarding feeling," said T.K. Herman, President of Aptera. "Many people have the misconception you have to travel to Chicago or Cincinnati or Atlanta to find talented high-tech talent. We believe the talent exists right here in Indiana and what isn't available locally, we'll bring to the area."
"Whether you need to innovate a new technological solution or overcome a business challenge, hire a Hoosier," said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation
. "With university programs across Indiana designed to meet companies' high-tech needs, I am confident that Aptera will continue to find the resources it's seeking for growth here in Indiana, a state that works for business."
As an incentive
, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Aptera Software, Inc. up to $150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Fort Wayne supports this project at the request of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance
"Aptera is a tremendous asset to our community. We appreciate their commitment to investing and growing in Fort Wayne," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "I continue to be encouraged by the positive momentum in our city. Fort Wayne is a leader in retaining and attracting jobs and businesses."