Accenture's office at 7050 Fairgrounds Pkwy. will serve as the qualified business site for the Texas Enterprise Zone Project designation.

A global technology consulting firm plans to expand its San Antonio operations and add 500 new jobs here over the next four years, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation announced Thursday.

Accenture Federal Services plans to grow the company’s presence in San Antonio by expanding its advanced technology center operations at its three major offices here. Accenture currently employs 1,300 people in San Antonio and, pending local incentive approvals, plans to invest $5 million over the next four years as part of the expansion.

“San Antonio is home to an exceptionally skilled and experienced technology workforce, and we look forward to welcoming 500 more of its members into the Accenture Federal family,” stated John Goodman, Accenture Federal CEO. “Our Advanced Technology Center combines the best of our technology-driven solutions and services under one roof.”

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and with offices in 120 countries as well as Arlington, Virginia, and San Antonio. Its workforce numbers 425,000 in 200 total cities. The company has a strong federal contract side of business with 95 of the Fortune Global 100 listed as clients.

“San Antonio’s industry and workforce assets in cybersecurity cannot be duplicated outside of the nation’s capital region,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg stated. “The opportunity is real for San Antonio to attract, retain, and grow technology and cybersecurity hubs for major employers like Accenture Federal Services.”

“Accenture Federal Services is a well-respected corporate citizen, committed to supporting our community’s technology workforce growth and development through apprenticeships, internships, and new jobs,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff stated.

“We are proud to support Accenture Federal Services’ expansion in San Antonio,” stated Jenna Saucedo- Herrera, president and CEO of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. “This project represents how ‘Team San Antonio’ works not only to attract new companies, but also to help existing corporations grow and succeed in our community.”

City Council will vote March 7 on an incentive package for Accenture that includes a Chapter 380 Economic Development Incentive Fund Grant Agreement for up to $500,000, based on the creation of 500 new, full-time jobs within four years. At least 250 of those jobs will earn an annual paycheck of at least $50,000. Of the grant amount, $250,000 will be restricted to workforce development in order to support the company’s internship and training programs.

Council is also expected to vote on nominating the project for a Texas Enterprise Zone Project designation, with potential refund of state sales and use taxes of up to $1.25 million.

Bexar County is also considering an incentives package that will be reviewed by commissioners on March 12.

“Accenture Federal Services’ selection of San Antonio for the expansion of its operations and continued investment demonstrates the City’s ability to meet the needs of a world-class company,” stated San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “Their decision to create new, high-wage jobs in a targeted industry is a testament to the City’s strong and growing workforce.”

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Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is the development beat reporter for the San Antonio Report.