Indiana software company adding 200 jobs in Durham

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – An Indiana-based company is adding 200 jobs in Durham, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday.

Interactive Intelligence, which already has an office in Durham, will expand, McCrory said at a news conrerence.

“The company will be reimbursed 1.6 million over the 200 new jobs that are created once they’re created to reimburse some of the taxes that they’re paid,” McCrory said. “This is a net gain for the company and a net gain for the state of North Carolina.”

The company is adding jobs to its Pure Cloud Unit, which already has 130 people in Durham. Average salarieswill be about $70,000. Interactive Intelligence provides software and cloud services for businesses. It has about 2,000 employees worldwide.

McCrory said he was impressed when he first met people from the company and they were wearing T-shirts and flip flops.

“I went, ‘I love this place.’ You could tell immediately it was a workplace of innovation, of thinking and doing.”

McCrory said the company will be reimbursed $1.6 million once the jobs are created.

“This is a net gain for the company and for North Carolina,” McCrory said.

Interactive Intelligence is a publicly traded company and the stock price was $43.24 at the time of the announcement.

Don Brown, the chairman and CEO, said the company originally came to North Carolina several years ago after looking at options across the globe. He said expanding in North Carolina made sense.

“We are very impressed by the leadership in North Carolina, the educational institutions, the local talent,” Brown said.

He said the company’s estimate of an average salary of $70,000 was “conservative.”

“These are not just menial jobs,” he said. “These are fairly expensive jobs of various sorts.”

Significantly, Brown said he was impressed by North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grants, which provide financial incentives for companies to come to the state.

“We’ve established a name for ourselves down here, where they’re seeking us out now. A lot of people want to come here. We’re very tough with the talent so it’s hard to get in.” Interactive Intelligence vice president Robert Ritchy said.

Once hired, Ritchy said, employees “start to think this is what I’ve been looking for my whole career.”

The announcement had some political overtones. Some parts of North Carolina that have struggled economically have raised questions about the JDIG program and how many of the incoming jobs go to more prosperous areas, like the Triangle and Charlotte. McCrory, in his comments, referenced that some funds will go to parts of the state outside the main population centers. In a news release, McCrory’s office said $55,000 additional funds from the company’s JDIG could be added to the state’s Utility Fund for infrastructure improvements in more distressed counties.

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