SAS plans to hire more than 100 employees during the next two years for a new initiative aimed at selling more of its business-analytics software to state and local governments.
Gov. Bev Perdue joined SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight at the company's Cary headquarters this morning to announce the new Analytics Lab for State and Local Government and its expansion plans.
Perdue talked enthusiastically about the work SAS is doing for the state, including a new contract that calls for SAS to prevent ineligible people from entering the state's $8.5 billion Medicaid program, and applauded the company for not seeking any government incentives in conjunction with its expansion.
"They didn't get a flat dime" from the state, said Perdue. "They have done this because they love North Carolina. They are as proud of our state as we are of SAS."
SAS has long provided analytics software for state and local governments, with that business expanding to the point that the company has decided it makes sense to have a dedicated staff develop new off-the-shelf products and working with government agencies on efforts tailored to their needs.
The new lab is starting out with a staff of more than 200 culled from its existing staff and expects to expand by at least 50 percent over the next two years to handle its expanding business. The vast majority of those new staffers will be based in Cary, with a few scattered at government agencies across the country that undertake new projects with SAS software, said spokesman Trent Smith.