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Rhode Island software jobs created

Posted on January 4, 2017

One company is bringing Rhode Island software jobs to the state.

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, will expand its operation in downtown Providence by more than 400 percent.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo made a major jobs announcement of the week today during a State Room press conference with senior executives from Virgin Pulse, leaders from the General Assembly, members of the congressional delegation and members of her cabinet. Virgin Pulse, which acquired ShapeUp Inc. earlier this year, will significantly expand its Rhode Island presence and create nearly 300 new jobs in the next five years.

“When Virgin Pulse bought ShapeUp, the worst kept secret among business leaders was that they were looking to move north to Boston. Because of the great, talented people who live here and because of the economic tools we’ve created with help from the General Assembly, instead of losing 65 good-paying jobs to Boston, we’re going to create nearly 300,” said Governor Raimondo. “I am thrilled that Dave, Derek and the Virgin Pulse executive team took a fresh look at Rhode Island. I look forward to bringing a box of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to their offices to meet their new employees. We will continue to make the necessary investments in our people so that Rhode Islanders have the skills they need to compete for the jobs Virgin Pulse, GE Digital, CIC, Wexford and others are creating right here in Rhode Island.”

Virgin Pulse is the leading provider of software and technology solutions that increase employee productivity and business performance by improving employee health, wellbeing and engagement. Third-party analysis projects the expansion will generate an additional $10.5 million in revenues to the state and nearly $60 million of additional GDP, once Virgin Pulse completes its full hiring.

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