Monday, June 08, 1998
Governor John Engler today praised Inca Computer Company on its decision to stay in Michigan. The company had been looking at alternative sites in other states but recently chose Michigan as the home for their headquarters. The Governor also announced that an economic development job training grant worth more than $360,000 has been approved by the Michigan Jobs Commission (MJC). The grant will help train 255 new headquarters employees and 145 existing headquarters employees at Inca. This grant, funded through MJC's Economic Development Job Training program, will be conducted by Oakland Community College. The headquarters employees will be trained in several Microsoft programs, total quality management, Internet access and usage and network administration. "Recently the Jobs Commission commissioned a survey of our Software Industry, the survey found that Michigan fared very well in comparison to other states, so we are particularly pleased that Inca has decided to keep their headquarters in Michigan," said Governor Engler. "We've got everything Inca could possibly want, from a booming economy that fosters the growth of companies like Inca, to beautiful beaches, lakes and golf courses, it's all here and we are glad they've decide to stay." Engler continued, "by providing Inca's employees with job training through Oakland Community College, Inca's future as one of Michigan's fastest growing Information Technology companies will be driven by highly skilled Michigan residents." "These training funds are vital to our success in Michigan and to the advancement of the computer industry in the state," said Waad J. Nadhir, president and chief executive officer of Inca Computer Company. "We are fortunate to have a governor and a jobs commission so dedicated to keeping our state ahead of the curve that shapes the future of business in Michigan. With their help, we will be able to train and hire scores of Michigan residents." "I applaud Inca Computer Company, Oakland Community College and the Michigan Jobs Commission on a partnership which will provide the training necessary for the high-skill jobs of tomorrow. By working together; business, government and education can have significant impact on preparing our workforce to meet the more competitive challenges of the 21st century," said L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. "Oakland Community College is pleased to be a significant member of both the State and County's economic development team. Because of its experience in offering high quality, tailored training programs to business and industry, OCC is able to meet the specific needs of Inca Computer Corporation and thus made their decision to remain in Michigan all the easier," said OCC Chancellor Richard T. Thompson. The Michigan Jobs Commission, which administers Economic Development Job Training grants, works in partnership with local communities and Michigan businesses to retain and expand job opportunities and improve Michigan's overall business climate. Editor's Note: For specific questions regarding Inca please contact Janet Tyler at (313)567-5019.