It's a celebration for many Troy residents.
A once dilapidated shopping center is now the hub for hundreds of jobs in the city of Troy.
"This is a major step in that direction to bring up front 300 high tech jobs with CGI and then we have consolidated our Ecampus operations, that's another 125 jobs and then our own it components is to put almost 600 people to work in this one center in southeast Alabama," said Troy Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins.
Dr. Hawkins, along with Troy's mayor, Jimmy Lunsford and Governor Robert Bentley welcomed the 2 year joint project of CGI.
The IT company has already hired 140 people and it continues to expand its employment opportunities.
"We are on a growth curve, we have committed to the city of Troy and the state of Alabama to have 300 members here by the end of 2012," said George Tarbox, Director of Operations of CGI’s Center of Excellence.
As it stands, Alabama is at a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.
Governor Bentley says these type of positions are what's needed in an unsteady job market.
"When you create these jobs these jobs don't move quite as much when the economy is not good," said Gov. Bentley.
Not only is the company helping keep people in the city of Troy, but it's also creating jobs for college graduates.
"It's giving rise to the College of Science and Technology and so it will bring together the forces that create the jobs and forces that prepare people for those jobs is a natural marriage," said Dr. Hawkins.
The company is hiring for a number of positions including Business Analysis, Consultants, Software Developers, Human Resource Consultants and Recruiters.
The company has also made it possible for Troy University to get a master's degree approved in Computer Science.