CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Economic Development is announcing that Vinuity, an IT services company, is adding 50 jobs over the next three years in Cape Girardeau that will be based out of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University.
Vinuity will use a combination of existing area technical talent, student workers on the path to official degrees and certifications in the field and underemployed individuals to fill the positions.
The company also plans to actively recruit in the rural areas surrounding Cape Girardeau, and employees have the possibility of working from home.
"Nationally, there's this general trend of so-called 'brain drain' from rural areas. Vinuity's expansion takes that head on by supporting highly skilled, technical jobs in IT right here," Crystal Jones, interim director of the Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast (which oversees the center), said. "This expansion is a good fit for the center's vision, which is to bring more tech-related firms to the Cape region. And we're pleased to offer support in terms of space as well as services to create more high-tech jobs in Missouri."
Software development, database administration and quality assurance are the primary skills needed for the new positions. Vinuity started in St. Louis in 2014 to deliver technology service solutions such as professional software development, database administration and application support to clients.
One of Vinuity's lead architects was on Microsoft's team that developed the earliest versions of the .NET framework, which is prevalent in most organizations using custom applications.
"Vinuity is a unique company that's not just creating jobs, it's creating opportunities for those graduating from [Southeast] to find careers locally," Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said. "We're proud to support Vinuity's expansion because it helps further cultivate Missouri's rich tech ecosystem."
The announcement comes shortly after the state was named No. 1 in new business creation by the U.S. Census Bureau and a Top 10 state for startup funding by Forbes. Missouri has added more than 10,800 IT jobs since 2010.