Hewlett-Packard plans to establish a regional industry development center in Conway, Arkansas
, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during 2014.
John Herzog, Hewlett-Packard Account Executive, said that “these new employees will fill important technical roles in software engineering, business analysis and management in support of HP’s growing government and commercial healthcare business across the United States.”
Gov. Mike Beebe
said the announcement represented the resiliency of Arkansas’s growing technology
workforce. “The skill level of these jobs, the salaries and the field of expertise all prove that Arkansas’s workforce can compete for high-quality jobs and adjust to the changing demands of HP’s market.”
According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
, Hewlett-Packard cited the presence of three colleges and universities, high-quality workforce and hundreds of existing HP employees working locally as the key drivers for the project. The Industry Development Center is a centralized group of highly skilled HP staff that builds, enhances and implements HP’s healthcare industry solutions for many commercial and state clients.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said that the news should re-affirm Conway citizen’s faith in the strength of the community’s relationship with the tech giant. “The fundamental reasons we were excited about this project five years ago have not changed. Conway has a quality workforce. HP has the wherewithal to withstand the ebbs and flows of the global economy.”