HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Today's opening of the Infosys technology hub in Hartford is the first step in what the company says will create 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. It's already started. 21 year old Wah-Jian Lin of Branford moved to West Hartford so he could take one of the cutting edge high tech jobs right out of college at UConn. He describes what they'll be doing this way, "We work with other companies to create their programs for the things people use on line so when you go on their website, whatever is there we may have had some in put or some contribution to it."
For Governor-elect Ned Lamont, this is a victory even before he takes office because it was Lamont that first convinced Infosys President Ravi Kumar to take a look at Connecticut. The Malloy administration put Kumar together with the insurance and health care companies based here and put together a 14 million dollar grant to help them get started.
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Lamont now says this experience will be a template for what he hopes to do with other high tech growth companies saying, "It is a template as Ravi told me; one of the great selling points was the fact that the business community lined up."
Infosys is hiring recent college grads and will train them for insurance and healh technology. Infosys President Ravi Kumar saying, "Identifying the right state where that talent pool exists was the primary objective, and that's what we did."
Not only are they attracting recent Connecticut college grads, they have already attracted recent college grads from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Andy Martinez moved here from New York State and says, "I know that Infosys was a company where I know growth was to be expected and that was one of the main reasons why I actually moved here."
Now that the hub is open, Kumar says the hiring over the new year is really expected to ramp up.
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