WHEREAS, GTECH, now IGT Global Solutions, started operations here in the City of Providence in 1976; and
WHEREAS, The company has grown from a few employees working in offices over Capriccio’s Restaurant to become one of the state’s largest and most successful IT startups with more than 12,000 employees around the globe and annual revenues of approximately $5 billion; and
WHEREAS, IGT employs more than 1,000 employees in Rhode Island, 128 of which live in the City of Providence; and
WHEREAS, IGT supports a total of 2,445 jobs, including 1,100 direct jobs, 535 indirect jobs, and 810 induced jobs; and
WHEREAS, IGT’s commitment to maintain 1,100 jobs in Rhode Island will generate $329.5 million in value added, economic activity, to Rhode Island’s Gross Domestic Product; and
WHEREAS, IGT employs approximately 650 in the City of Providence in two office locations - its North American Lottery Headquarters at 10 Memorial Boulevard and its National Response Center, a 24/7 call center located at 75 Baker Street in Providence’s south side; and
WHEREAS, There is a significant economic benefit to having IGT in Providence, including the patronage of local hotels, transportation, restaurants, retail establishments, and entertainment; and
WHEREAS, IGT is a substantial contributor to the City of Providence’s tax base; and
WHEREAS, IGT currently supports 20 After School Advantage (ASA) Computer Labs throughout the City of Providence, providing technology opportunities to students throughout the city; and
WHEREAS, IGT is an outstanding community partner to non-profit organizations throughout the city, including but not limited to Crossroads, Lifespan, Year Up, United Way, WaterFire, First Works, Amos House, City Year, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Providence Community Libraries, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, RI Pride and the Women’s Fund; and
WHEREAS, Extending IGT’s current contract with the State of Rhode Island will ensure that a homegrown business operating in this state for more than 40 years remains in Providence; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Providence City Council strongly supports Rhode Island Senate Bill 1031 and Rhode Island House Bill 6266 to enable the state lottery division of the department of revenue to enter into a contract extension with IGT Global Solutions Corporation and urges the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 1031 and House Bill 6266.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon passage, copies of this resolution be sent to the elected Rhode Island House and Senate representatives of the City of Providence, the Honorable Senate President and the Honorable Speaker of the House.