October 26, 1998

Lila White
(804) 692-3110

Jill Lawrence
(804) 371-0049
Governor Gilmore Announces 1,100 New Jobs for Chesapeake
-MCI WorldCom chooses Chesapeake for call center; $10.5 million investment -

Richmond - Governor Jim Gilmore today announced that MCI WorldCom will locate a new multipurpose call center operation in the City of Chesapeake. The center, which will initially employ 1,100 people by the third quarter of 1999, will support a variety of local, national and global calling applications. The company will invest $10.5 million in the project.

"It is truly gratifying that MCI WorldCom has chosen Chesapeake and the Commonwealth for its new call center," said Governor Gilmore. "The quality workforce and high quality of life in the Hampton Roads region will assist MCI WorldCom in its future growth and success."

MCI WorldCom is a global telecommunications company with revenue of more than $30 billion and established operations in over 65 countries encompassing the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. MCI WorldCom is a premier provider of facilities-based and fully integrated local, long distance, international and Internet services. MCI WorldCom's global networks, including its state-of-the-art pan-European network and transoceanic cable systems, provide end-to-end high-capacity connectivity to more than 35,000 buildings worldwide.

"Hampton Roads has been extremely successful in attracting call center operations," said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Barry E. DuVal. "MCI WorldCom is the latest testament to the region's talented and dedicated workforce."

Persons interested in applying for operations management, training/quality assurance and communication technician positions at the center should forward their resume to Charlotte Jones of MCI WorldCom via fax (972-729-5516), e-mail ( or via U.S. mail to the following address: Charlotte Jones, MCI WorldCom, Department 0873, 2400 North Glenville, Richardson, TX 75082. MCI WorldCom will also place an employment ad in the Sunday, October 25 edition of The Virginian-Pilot.

"With companies like Panasonic, Chubb Insurance, and now MCI WorldCom, Battlefield Corporate Center has quickly distinguished itself as a major corporate location," said Chesapeake Mayor William E. Ward. "We feel confident that Chesapeake will continue to attract industry-leading companies in the future."

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and the City of Chesapeake assisted the company with its decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce training services.

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