New facility will create technology jobs to serve U.S. federal government clients
PHOTO: Accenture Federal Services meets with the St. Louis delegation, taken in February, before COVID-19 social distancing practices were observed. From left: Deborah Price, vice president of Business Recruitment and general counsel, Missouri Partnership; Steve Johnson, CEO, AllianceSTL; John Goodman, CEO, Accenture Federal Services; Missouri Governor Michael Parson; Molly Ketcham, managing director, Strategic Planning & Operations, Accenture Federal Services; Ali Bokhari, managing director, Delivery Center Network, Accenture Federal Services; and Aaron Willard, Missouri Gov. Michael Parson’s chief of staff. Business Wire photo
Accenture Federal Services, a subsidiary of Accenture, will bring 1,400 technology jobs to the St. Louis area with plans to open an Advanced Technology Center later this year to provide U.S. federal government agencies with digital, cloud, automation, artificial intelligence and cyber solutions.
The AFS Advanced Technology Center, to be located at 520 Maryville Centre Drive in St. Louis County, says the jobs will occur over five years.
In making its site selection decision, AFS said it used strategic regional insight, market analysis and the business and civic relationships facilitated by AllianceSTL, an economic development organization that recruits new businesses to the St. Louis region. Working with partners from several organizations, the St. Louis leadership team said it engaged AFS in an innovative, highly collaborative approach that sets the stage for success.
“We’re proud to welcome Accenture Federal Services to Missouri where we’re developing the next generation of tech talent,” Gov. Mike Parson said. “Missouri is already recognized as one of the most prepared states for the digital economy, and at a time when many Missourians are looking for work, this move will create more opportunity, grow our technology workforce, and strengthen our standing as a technology hub in the U.S.”
John Goodman, AFS CEO, said, “The region’s skilled talent, vibrant technology ecosystem and strong commitment to collaboration between government, civic, business, academic and community partners make St. Louis the ideal location for our new Advanced Technology Center. We are thrilled to provide our people and new hires a great place to do work that matters by expanding our operations in this area.”
The AFS Advanced Technology Center will collaborate closely with the AFS Cyber and Advanced Technology Centers in San Antonio, Texas; the Accenture Federal Digital Studio in Washington, D.C.; and specialized centers in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Chesapeake, Va. Ali Bokhari, managing director of AFS’ delivery center network, said, “Together, this network provides an unmatched ability to design and deliver modern solutions for our federal clients at speed and at scale.”
St. Louis County Executive, Dr. Sam Page said, “Bringing new jobs to St. Louis County is a top priority. Today, we took a big step forward, welcoming 1,400 new jobs. The investment by Accenture in St. Louis County is further proof that we are a welcoming place to locate and grow a business.”
AllianceSTL President and CEO Steve Johnson said, “The selection of St. Louis signifies Accenture’s continued confidence in the region as an optimal location to do business, and the addition of 1,400 new jobs will enrich our already-thriving technology climate. We worked in close collaboration throughout this process with our great partners at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Missouri Partnership, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and Ameren Missouri.”
About Accenture Federal Services
Accenture Federal Services — a subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN) — is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations. Learn more at www.accenturefederal.com.
Accenture is a global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. It combines experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of advanced technology and intelligent operations centers. Some 509,000 people serve clients in more than 120 countries. Visit www.accenture.com
AllianceSTL is a business-led economic development organization that recruits new businesses to the 15-county, bi-state St. Louis region. AllianceSTL operates in conjunction with a CEO-led board of directors, with leadership from top St. Louis corporations and key private sector organizations including Civic Progress, Regional Business Council and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
AllianceSTL works with businesses to explore St. Louis’ competitive economic advantages, strategic resources and quality of life so they can make confident decisions in choosing St. Louis as their preferred location or expansion destination. AllianceSTL collaborates closely with economic development partners, government and corporate leaders to help prospects maximize the success of their potential site selection. Visit AllianceSTL.com.