MADISON, S.D. (AP) -- A high-tech company based in Minnesota plans to start a center at Dakota State University that will hire students who graduate with advanced technical degrees.
Integrated Network Technologies, of Eagan, Minn., will employ about 15 people at first and expand to 55 workers after two to three years.
The positions will pay from $45,000 on up, said Scott Scofield, the president and CEO of INTxx, with an estimated annual payroll of $1 million to $3 million.
INTxx will lease space in the university's data center and on-campus office space. Jobs will include Web site developers, graphic designers, database specialists, network engineers and project managers.
Employees will work with business clients to address specific e-commerce needs.
"It's a good partnership for INTxx, the state of South Dakota, DSU, the development corporation and the city of Madison," said John Silvernail, executive director of the Lake Area Improvement Corporation.
Those who graduate from the university's computer science and information technology programs earn an average salary of $41,000, said Jerry Tunheim, Dakota State president.
That means some will likely be willing to stay in the area if they can find jobs that pay slightly more to start with at INTxx.
"These are top-level jobs. This is going to keep our best and brightest in the state," Tunheim said.
"This also helps create the critical mass of information technology workers in the area. If you get a critical mass of those kinds of employees in an area, you will get spinoff companies."
Scofield said Dakota State's presence was a deciding factor in expanding to Madison.
"We looked all over South Dakota for a site that we thought would have the things that would allow us to attract and retain quality professionals. As it happened, not only do I think the Madison area lends itself to a great quality of life, but equally or probably more important would be the presence of Dakota State University and the focus that it has on technology."
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