October 26, 1998

Lila White
(804) 692-3110

Walt Lapinsky, President
Civic Development Group
(304) 346-8700
Jill Lawrence
(804) 371-0049
Governor Gilmore Announces 150 Jobs for Harrisonburg
-Civic Development Group invests $1.5 million in call center -

Richmond - Governor Jim Gilmore today announced that Civic Development Group will locate a new call center in the City of Harrisonburg. The company will invest $1.5 million in the facility and create 150 jobs in the Shenandoah Valley.

"Virginia is an ideal location for call centers," said Governor Gilmore. "The dedicated and skilled workforce in the Shenandoah Valley will contribute to Civic Development Group's continued success as they tap into Virginia's wealth of pro-business resources."

Civic Development Group is a full-service telemarketing company that provides direct sales for telecommunications and mortgage companies. Major clients include Fortune 100 corporations. Civic also provides fundraising services for non-profit organizations and conducts educational seminars. The company is one of the 10 largest telemarketing firms in the United States with approximately 3,200 employees operating in 18 centers from New Jersey to Texas. The Harrisonburg operation will be Civic's first center in Virginia.

"This call center represents a partnership between our business, the Harrisonburg community, and the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Walt Lapinsky, President-Call Centers, Civic Group Development. "Civic Development is in an expansion mode. The Harrisonburg center will service our needs very well."

"Civic Development Group will be pleased with their decision to locate this call center in Virginia," said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Barry E. DuVal. "The region's positive business environment will support the company's future goals and needs."

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the City of Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership assisted the company with its decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce training services.

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