FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2008

Jeff Tiller
www.governor.virginia.gov
(804) 692-2599


David Tong, CGC
Premier Technical Services
540-743-5700
Christie Miller
VEDP
(804) 545-5805
GOVERNOR KAINE ANNOUNCES 96 NEW JOBS FOR PAGE COUNTY
-Premier Technical Services to invest $16.5 million to open new data center -


RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Premier Technical Services Corporation will invest $16.5 million to open a new continuity-of-operations (COOP) and data center facility in Page County. The facility will be certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and support state, local and federal agencies and commercial customers. The project will create 96 jobs. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the project.

“Premier Technical Services is the first major technology facility to locate in Page County,” said Governor Kaine. “Not only is this disabled veteran-owned company a great asset to the corporate climate in the region and the Commonwealth, Premier will pay more than twice the average prevailing wage in Page County.”

Headquartered in Luray, Virginia, Premier Technical Services Corporation is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and a HUB Zone Certified Small Business. Premier incorporated in Virginia on July 21, 1989, and provides a distinctive array of technology sales, workforce solutions and systems engineering. The company earned and maintains an excellent reputation serving a diversified client base that includes federal, state and local governments, commercial enterprises, prime contractors, trade associations, nonprofits and the U.S. military.

Premier’s president, Dave Tong said, “I am excited to bring this facility to Page County. Premier chose the Commonwealth, and particularly Page County, because of the close proximity of Washington, D.C. and the natural environment of the Valley. Our decision was enhanced by the mutual cooperation between the Commonwealth and local officials, and the use of a comprehensive approach in assisting us.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Page County, the Page County Economic Development Authority and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Kaine approved $300,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Page County with the project. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will also provide training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We are very excited that Premier Technical Services has chosen Page County for this project,” said Tom LaFrance, Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors. “Premier is looking toward the future in providing technology services in a green and environmentally-conscious manner, and will provide a tremendous opportunity for our workforce.”

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