from The Fayetteville Observer
by PAUL WOOLVERTON and STEVE DEVANE
Booz Allen Hamilton, which already has more than 200 workers in Fayetteville, is planning to double its workforce here with a $5.2 million expansion, state and company officials said Tuesday.
The growth is to come over the next five years. Booz Allen is a technology and management consulting firm with 24,600 workers around the world that offers analytics, engineering, cyber security and other services to help private clients, government agencies and the military become more efficient and effective, company Vice President Jay Dodd said. It’s based in McLean, Virginia.
The jobs announcement was made at a ceremony with Dodd and Gov. Roy Cooper at the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. office. Dozens of local officials and others attended.
Salaries for the new employees will vary by position and experience. Once all the new positions are filled, the additional annual payroll is expected to total $12.7 million. Among the 208 new jobs, this works out to about $61,000 on average.
Booz Allen Hamilton has an office at 4200 Morganton Road in Fayetteville, according to the company’s website. It also has an office in Durham.
“You have decided to expand in the right place. We want to be here for you, and we’re grateful for your company, and for all the great things that you’re going to do,” Cooper told Dodd.
The company could have done this expansion anywhere, Cooper said, but it chose Fayetteville and Cumberland County because of the local workforce. The employment base is strengthened by the military spouses and veterans who live and work around Fort Bragg and other military installations, he said — smart, dependable people who have the skills Booz Allen needs.
The local colleges and universities also provide these skills, Cooper said.
“The majority of these new jobs will be IT focused, and Booz Allen knows we have the IT talent and training resources to deliver so they can continue tackling the complex military, business and government challenges of today and the future,” Cooper said.
The project will include two phases. Initially, Booz Allen plans to expand its footprint in Fayetteville. During phase two, the company will look to expand or relocate within Cumberland County to accommodate the continued growth in the area, a news release says.
“We look forward to supporting our clients with the diverse and talented workforce in and around Cumberland County,” Dodd said. “In addition to a strong business community, Fayetteville’s proximity to Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune provides an important access point to an exciting talent pipeline of military spouses with diverse skill sets, as well as veterans who are transitioning from the military and seeking high-impact, mission-focused careers.”
Booz Allen plans to add a variety of job functions to its office in Fayetteville, with the majority focused on technology, Dodd said. The positions will include data scientists, information security experts, machine learning specialists, software developers, software testers, IT engineers and architects, systems engineers and training designers, the news release says.
Although much of the conversation at the ceremony focused on hiring workers with military backgrounds, the company also recruits from the civilian sector, said Robert Van Geons, president of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. Leaders from Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville State University and the University North Carolina at Pembroke attended.
Fayetteville Tech President Larry Keen said his school plans to offer training in the skills that Booz Allen needs; UNC-Pembroke officials said the company will have a presence on campus to help it recruit students for jobs.
People interested in jobs with Booz Allen can visit boozallen.com/careers.
Booz Allen Hamiliton was considering whether to expand here or somewhere else, city and county officials were told in the spring.
To persuade the company to expand in Fayetteville, the City Council and Cumberland County Board of Commissioners each approved grants of up to $89,000.
The Booz Allen announcement ranks among the larger job announcements in recent years for Cumberland County.
The Advanced Computer Learning Company announced in October it was building a 75-person headquarters in Fayetteville. The solar energy division of Horne Brothers Construction is moving up to 300 jobs here from Sampson County. Campbell Soup and DHL are building a distribution center in Fayetteville that will employ 140 full-time workers and 55 part time workers.
And the new Minor League baseball stadium and adjoining Prince Charles hotel, office building and apartment complex are anticipated to draw a significant number of jobs over the next several years.
Booz Allen’s growth in Cumberland County will be facilitated by a Job Development Investment Grant approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee, Cooper said. This is to provide $1.8 million in tax credits over 12 years. Over the course of the grant’s 12-year term, the project is expected to increase the state’s economy by an estimated $213 million, the news release says.
If the company fails to meet the investment and job growth requirements of the grant, it won’t receive the credits, Cooper said.
Booz Allen’s motto is, “Empower people to change the world,” Dodd said. The company is on Forbes magazine’s list of the best management consulting firms, best employers for women, best employers for veterans and best employers in the country.