ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Nexient, the leading provider of 100% US-based Agile software services, and the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) today announced investments to help create 300 additional Michigan tech jobs over the next three years. Nexient has committed over $4 million in private investment to fund the next phase of its growth, while MSF has approved a $1.5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant as jobs are added.
“Our economic reinvention already has connected more than 540,000 Michiganders with new private-sector jobs," said Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan. “The demand for talented workers in dynamic fields like computer science and the professional trades continues to grow as Michigan grows and we need to be ready.”
The move comes as a response to surging demand from high tech and corporate clients looking to develop software faster and more responsively to their customers.
“US businesses are looking for new ways to drive revenue, design great customer experiences and accelerate to market. They’re realizing that offshoring doesn’t always make sense in that context,” said Mark Orttung, CEO at Nexient. “Nexient’s product-minded approach gives them a better option, collaborating in real-time with exceptional designers, product managers and engineers right here in America.”
Hiring has already begun, with approximately 25 new jobs attracting both experienced technology professionals as well as new graduates since January. “I am excited to be starting my first professional developer job,” said recent graduate Jean Huan, who starts a new assignment building software products for a healthcare client this week. “Training and onboarding has been great, but I can’t wait to grow my career along with Nexient.”
Although headquartered in Silicon Valley, Nexient’s primary technology hub is located in Ann Arbor. With a vibrant culture and 28 universities within a 75-mile radius, the region has proven to be a strong talent pool. Since opening the center in 2010 with siting and recruiting advice from Ann Arbor SPARK, Nexient has doubled its capacity and added hundreds of local jobs in digital product design, development and quality engineering. The company also has smaller centers in Okemos, MI (near Lansing), and Kokomo, IN.
“Nexient’s decision to expand in the Ann Arbor area demonstrates that our friendly business climate and world-class talent make Michigan a top destination for tech companies to locate and expand. Nexient’s investment will create more good job opportunities for Michiganders, and we’re pleased to support the company as it continues to grow and add jobs here.”
— Jeff Mason | CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
“From helping it find its first site in Ann Arbor to helping it find the talent that fuels its continued growth, Ann Arbor SPARK is proud to have played a role in Nexient’s success over the last eight years. Thriving innovation companies like Nexient are at the heart of the economic success that sets Ann Arbor apart from other regions.”
— Paul Krutko | President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK