Cybersecurity Company Considers San Antonio for New Operations Hub
- LGS Innovations aims to add high-wage tech jobs at Port San Antonio -
Virginia-based technology company LGS Innovations is considering establishing a new San Antonio cybersecurity operations hub at Port San Antonio, pending local incentive approvals. LGS Innovations delivers mission-critical solutions comprised of custom and commercial communications products, R&D, and supporting services to U.S. defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies, state and local governments, critical infrastructure operators, telecommunications and service providers, and other commercial customers around the world.
“This is an exciting period of growth for the company,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations, “We are proud to expand our presence in dynamic markets like Port San Antonio, and see great potential for continued work there with new and existing customers, partners, and the community.”
LGS Innovations intends to grow its existing San Antonio operation into a regional hub for multiple cyber-related programs, including material acquisition services, network operations, software development, training and program management. The operations hub would add at least 46 new, high-wage jobs in the coming years.
“We welcome LGS Innovations to San Antonio and greatly appreciate the high quality jobs they will provide,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “LGS Innovations’ announcement reflects our collaborative focus on attracting cyber related companies to San Antonio and our commitment to build on our national recognition as Cyber City U.S.A."
“We welcome LGS Innovations as the newest member of San Antonio’s growing cybersecurity ecosystem,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “We look forward to supporting this company’s success in San Antonio.”
“Team San Antonio further honed its strategy in 2018 and we can expect to see more target industry development as a result this year,” said San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) Chief Development Officer Tom Long. “LGS Innovations is an exceptional addition to San Antonio’s robust cybersecurity industry that will continue to strengthen our position as a leading center for cybersecurity innovation.”
LGS Innovations would locate its cybersecurity hub at Port San Antonio’s new Project Tech facility, the first in a series of state-of-the-art tech facilities that will further build the Port’s technology community. The Port is among the fastest-growing advanced technology hubs in the region, already home to major Department of Defense and private-sector cybersecurity operations that directly employ over 1,000 industry experts.
“The growth of LGS Innovations here would further bolster our community’s standing as a global cybersecurity innovation hub that provides critical support to an array of sectors—from our defense community to private enterprise,” said Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach. “This ongoing momentum is a team effort. We sincerely appreciate the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and our public partners for their hard work building on a record of success that is adding great jobs in our region’s key economic sectors.”
On January 31 San Antonio City Council will vote on an incentive package that includes an Economic Development Incentive Fund grant of up to $180,000 for cyber-related employee training and the creation of new high-wage jobs.
“The LGS project investment represents high-wage jobs, critical university partnerships, and a strong commitment to training our local workforce,” said City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “The City continues to partner with Port San Antonio to create a critical mass of companies like LGS Innovations to foster the continued growth of our cybersecurity industry and 21st century jobs.”
“We are very excited that LGS has decided to grow its cybersecurity operations here in District 4,” said Councilman Rey Saldaña. “Port San Antonio is the perfect location for the company’s growth and development, and for the high-wage and high-skill jobs that come with it.”
Bexar County is also considering an incentive package, planned for discussion on January 29, which includes a Skills Development Fund grant to support LGS Innovations’ growth in San Antonio.
The company worked in partnership with SAEDF, Cybersecurity San Antonio and local government leaders through its site selection process. Locations in Maryland, Virginia and Georgia are also being considered for this project. The company will make their final decision after the local incentive votes.
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