June 15, 2016 12:54 AM

CGI celebrated the opening of its $13.1 million, 50,000-square-foot information technology center at UL Lafayette’s Research Park, a facility that will eventually house 400 IT workers. The tech firm currently employs 250 technology workers and has 50 job openings. At full employment, its total annual payroll will be approximately $22 million. In attendance for the celebration were Gov. John Bel Edwards, UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, LEDA President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux, CGI Federal President Tim Hurlebaus and CGI Federal Vice President Will LaBar.

1. Jason El Koubi, Gregg Gotreaux, Joe Savoie, Gov. John Bel Edwards, Tim Hurlebaus and Joel Robideaux

2. UL President Joe Savoie (grey suit), along with Gov. John Bel Edwards and other local and state leaders hear from CGI executives at the CGI grand opening

3. A crowd gathers at the new facility to hear from Gov. John Bel Edwards

4. CGI employees enjoy a crawfish boil after the ribbon cutting

5. Don Bertrand and David Cheramie

6. Gov. John Bel Edwards

7. A slew of media outlets covers the grand opening

8. T’Monde performs for the CGI crawfish boil

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