The Scottish Borders Council has awarded an estimated $130 million contract to CGI Group to help establish theÂ Scottish Center of Excellence for information and communications technology within the Scottish Borders region.
TheÂ council said Monday the 13-year digital services contract requires CGI’s support in the creation of theÂ Scottish ICT Delivery Center of Excellence and the development of a digital platform that aims to connect the region’s citizens with the local government.
The projects areÂ expected toÂ create 200 jobs, enable existing ICT staff to stay within the Scottish Borders and subsequently bring approximately $141 million in investments to the local economy, the council added.
CGI willÂ also offer apprenticeship and employment opportunities toÂ local residents and set up high-speed broadband services to local schools and businesses.
Council Leader David Parker said the deal with CGI aims to serve as a step toward the Scottish Borders’ goal to become a prime business location.