Indiana’s future is in the cloud.
Governor Mitch Daniels announced Wednesday that cloud-computing firm Appirio would open a new office in Indianapolis, creating up to 300 high-wage jobs within the next three years.
The San Francisco-based company has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Appirio will invest more than $2 million to grow in Indianapolis. The company will lease and renovate 12,500 square feet of space in the Pan American Office Tower.
The Indy office will be Appirio’s second U.S. office. It’s set to open in October.
"For the second time in three days, we see a surge in central Indiana's burgeoning information technology sector," Daniels said. "We welcome this great company to its new home, where high-tech comes at a low cost."
The company already has 20 employees in Indianapolis. It’s actively recruiting for a number of positions. Interested applicants can apply at the company's website.
"Opening an office and cloud development center in Indianapolis gives Appirio access to a large, highly educated talent base with close proximity to customers and partners. It also provides a great career opportunity for those looking to join a company that's changing an industry," said Chris Barbin, chief executive officer of Appirio. "We're looking forward to a great relationship with the state and city of Indianapolis."
Executives from Appirio visited Indianapolis during the Super Bowl. While the visit played a role in their decision to locate in the Circle City, executives also said Indiana’s pro-business policies, growing tech community and access to top notch talent made Indianapolis an ideal choice.
One Appirio employee even put together a David Letterman-style Top 10 list describing why Indianapolis is the perfect fit.
The company was started in 2006 to help large enterprises manage and power their cloud-based solutions. Since then, Appirio boasts more than 500 cloud experts in five countries, and has moved more than two million users from more than 350 enterprises to cloud platforms like Salesforce, Google Apps and Amazon Web Services.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Appirio, Inc. up to $5.6 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans.