MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Manhattan and Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing that an area software company, CivicPlus, will be dramatically expanding its operations and building a new facility in the downtown area.
Ten-year plans call for more than 250 new full-time positions with average wages of over $45,000. CivicPlus will also offer internship opportunities.
CivicPlus was founded in Manhattan in 2001, and the company’s CEO, Ward Morgan, is pleased to be expanding in town, with a new mixed use, multi-story building at the southwest corner of Fourth and Pierre Streets at an estimated cost approaching $9 million. “Our company is poised to grow by as much as 40% in the next year. We considered multiple locations around the U.S. to accommodate our growth needs,” Morgan said, “but thanks to support from the local community and the State of Kansas, we are looking forward to keeping our new jobs and capital investment here in Manhattan.”
“We are thrilled that CivicPlus has chosen to stay in Kansas as it pursues its expansion plans,” said Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Pat George. “Their continued success will help strengthen and diversify the state economy.”
CivicPlus develops, designs, and manages award-winning community engagement systems that use advanced technology to connect people with government in new, more efficient ways. The company presently has 83 employees in Manhattan and provides website solutions for over 1,000 cities and counties throughout the United States, with international clients in Canada and Australia. Since 2008, the company has won more than 250 website awards for its clients.
“CivicPlus’s growth in Manhattan represents another win in our community's strategy to attract and retain high-pay, knowledge-based jobs,” said Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Lyle Butler. “They will help increase Manhattan’s presence in computer science and software development.”
“The City is pleased to formulate a proposal that keeps CivicPlus a Manhattan-based business. Our recent investments in redevelopment have kept downtown Manhattan a vibrant place for businesses to thrive and grow,” said Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr.
On May 1, 2012, the Manhattan City Commission will consider an economic development incentive application to assist CivicPlus with its expansion.