FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 9, 2005

NASA Selects Stennis Space Center for Shared Services Center
Nearly 500 new high-salary jobs created in South Mississippi

(Jackson, Miss.) –Governor Haley Barbour announced today that NASA has selected the John C. Stennis Space Center as the location for its Shared Services Center (NSSC).

“This decision by NASA is a solid testament to Mississippi’s growing position in the high-technology sector. It will create 470 new jobs for Mississippi initially,” said Governor Barbour. “Being affiliated with such a prestigious organization like NASA is likely to lure thousands more high-technology jobs for the future. This proves we have a workforce that is able to support major U.S. government installations.”

“I would like to thank the Legislature for passing bonds this past November that allowed this project to come to fruition. The State put up $23.7 million while the local governments invested $2.5 million,” Governor Barbour added.

The total value of the contract including all options is approximately $230 million over the 10-year performance period. NASA is creating a Shared Services Center to consolidate a variety of transactional and administrative activities currently being performed at each NASA Center in the areas of human resources, information technology, procurement and financial management. The NSSC will consolidate these targeted activities into a separate facility, which will report to NASA Headquarters.

“Naturally, we are pleased that NASA Stennis Space Center was chosen as the site for NASA’s Shared Services Center,” said the Shared Services Center Director Admiral Thomas Q. Donaldson V. “This decision is a reflection of the outstanding contractor team of Computer Sciences Corporation and Lockheed Martin that initially selected and proposed Stennis to be the site for the Center. The hard work and commitments by the States of Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as by our NASA-contractor workforce, are evident in this selection.”

Bringing this initiative to Mississippi was a local, state, federal, and private sector partnership, including the Governor's Office, Congressional Offices, Mississippi Development Authority, Hancock, Harrison, and Pearl River Counties, Computer Services Corporation, and the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology. Greg Henkibein, Executive Director for MET, served as Mississippi's lead liaison.

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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741