FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 05, 2005

Ellen Qualls
www.governor.virginia.gov
(804) 786-2211, x2379


David Hakensen
Pearson Government Solutions
(952) 681-3040
Christie Collins
VEDP
(804) 371-4074
GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES 800 NEW JOBS FOR CHESTERFIELD COUNTY
-Pearson Government Solutions to invest $5.6 million in Medicare services facility-


RICHMOND - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that Pearson Government Solutions will invest $5.6 million to open a government services call center in Chesterfield County, creating up to 800 new jobs by the end of the year. The facility will provide support for the 1-800 Medicare Helpline. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland and Pennsylvania for the project.

“The addition of this major employer is exciting news for Chesterfield County,” said Governor Warner. “Pearson Government Solutions was sold on our quality workforce, access to an existing high-tech facility, and the strong cooperative relationship between state and local governments.”

Pearson will hire between 220 and 250 people in the short-term, adding others during the course of the year during peak times. The company anticipates at its busiest time it will employ 800 people at its facility.

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., Pearson Government Solutions serves the federal government market, delivering solutions that support public sector entities in their delivery of information, benefits, and services to their constituents. The company provides fully integrated, end-to-end service solutions in the areas of benefits processing, customer interaction management, document and content management, e-learning and training, grant management, and human capital management. Pearson Government Solutions is a business of Pearson, a $7 billion international media company. Pearson Government Solutions has more than 5,500 employees worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have our newest facility in Chesterfield County,” said Mac Curtis, President and CEO, Pearson Government Solutions. “It’s a great location for us, and we’re delighted with the workforce we will be able to draw from to staff our operations.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with officials from Chesterfield County to secure the project for Virginia. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through its Workforce Services Program.

Pearson Government Solutions will host a job fair Saturday, May 7th at the facility located at 701 Liberty Way in Chester, Va. The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details on job opportunities at Pearson or to apply online visit: www.pearsongovernmentsolutions.com.

"The River's Bend Center continues to attract new businesses, and we welcome Pearson Government Solutions to that location,” said Ed Barber, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “Hundreds of employment opportunities are anticipated, and the company will perform important work in support of the Medicare Helpline."

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