CLINTWOOD, Va. — About 40 information technology service desk jobs will be created in Clintwood by a new contract the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has with Science Applications International Corp., Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday.
The jobs will be filled by the fall, Northam said in a news release.
“I am pleased that this partnership will create 40 new jobs and have a significant economic impact in the region,” he said. “In addition to delivering services critical to the daily operation of state government, these jobs will be key to helping the Commonwealth modernize its technology infrastructure and support the changing IT needs of our citizens, businesses and visitors.”
Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] will open a center on the second floor of the Dickenson County Technology building in the county’s Technology Park in Clintwood. The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority [VCEDA] approved up to a $2 million loan to the county’s Industrial Development Authority, which will be used to build out the second floor. The first floor is occupied by Serco, a call center that does federal contract work.
Work on the new center is expected to be completed by mid-July, Jonathan Belcher, executive director of VCEDA, said Friday. He added that SAIC plans to hold a job fair in the coming weeks to hire workers.
Virginia Secretary of Administration Keyanna Conner said the employees will support more than 55,000 state employees who have questions or need assistance with IT.
VITA is moving away from a long-term contract with one large supplier to shorter contracts with multiple infrastructure suppliers, according to Nelson Moe, chief information officer of the commonwealth, who serves as agency head at VITA. The “new environment will be more agile, permit us to take advantage of market rates and offer the opportunity to enhance services to state executive branch agencies. This new service center is just one part of our new infrastructure, but it’s a very important part,” he said.
SAIC is a technology integrator in the technical, engineering, intelligence and enterprise IT markets headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with approximately 15,000 employees nationwide, the release states. SAIC currently has more than 3,000 employees in Virginia focused on major projects in Stafford County, Dahlgren and Hampton Roads with the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. Among its other high-profile customers are NASA, the State Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Virginia is our home, so ensuring that we offer the highest quality service and innovation to the Commonwealth gives us a great sense of pride,” said Nazzic Keene, chief operating officer of Science Applications International. “The local officials and economic development leadership in Dickenson County were a huge reason we decided to locate our service desk in Clintwood. They have been welcoming and responsive to the needs of SAIC and VITA from the very beginning of our search process.”