Fayetteville software company adding 75 jobs in downtown

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A Fayetteville-based computer education and software company is expanding in downtown with an addition of 75 jobs paying an average of $58,400.

Advanced Computer Learning Co., whose clients include commands on Fort Bragg, creates online and mobile learning programs, foreign language support services and information technology programming. In addition to the jobs, the project will bring $613,000 in investment, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.

“Preparing people for the jobs of the future requires innovative solutions and smart use of technology,” Cooper said in a statement. “We welcome their expansion with 75 new, quality jobs here in North Carolina.”

Founded in 2003, ACLC’s clients include the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Forces Command. Officials said the decision to expand in Fayetteville was based in large part because of the military presence.

“Negotiations with the company actually began late last year,” said Robert Van Geons, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. “Things started heating up during the spring.

“ACLC is representative of the kind of company that fits well here,” he said. “Any community would be proud to have them.”

Fayetteville and Cumberland County provided incentive grants of $37,500 each, which Van Geons said was necessary for a 2-to-1 match for a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“This is another example of how the city and county are working together to bring good, high-paying, high-tech jobs to Fayetteville,” Mayor Nat Robertson said.

The company’s expansion at 208 Hay St. will include upgrading and expanding its corporate and supporting offices to accommodate additional employees and infrastructure. ACLC will add state-of-the-art production and virtual reality studios, a recording studio sound room and enhanced broadband infrastructure, according to officials. ACLC will also upgrade its facilities to improve competitiveness for military contracts.

“This is great news for Cumberland County,” said Glenn Adams, chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. “We are excited that ACLC is expanding operations, creating new jobs in the technology industry, and making Fayetteville home for their company headquarters.”

Jack Zeigler is the company’s chief executive officer.

“We look forward to bringing these new jobs to our community and are thankful for the opportunities this grant provides,” he said.