To the Editor:
I’ve had a business relationship with IGT since they were GTECH and well before they moved into the new office tower near the State House. My company – which is located in the heart of Cranston – provides IT staffing services for companies in Rhode Island and across the country. We’ve grown and kept our office here in Rhode Island in part because it’s where we’re from, but also because IGT is a short drive away in Providence and West Greenwich.
Small, Veteran-owned businesses like mine count on strong, long-term relationships with larger companies. Too often in Rhode Island, we read more about those big companies moving out of state or choosing to be somewhere else.
The fact is that IGT could set up its operations anywhere. They’re still here because 20 years ago the state smartly negotiated an employment mandate into their contract. Because of that mandate, IGT’s 1,000 employees create $330 million of economic activity in Rhode Island each year, including revenue and profit for small local businesses like mine. IGT’s presence in Rhode Island supports 1,300 additional jobs in the broader Rhode Island economy.
There’s a proposal on the table to keep IGT – and 1,100 good-paying jobs – in Rhode Island until 2043 and it deserves a fair and full vetting. It’s time for all of our elected officials to come together and keep jobs in Rhode Island.
Mark C. Murtagh
The writer is founder and managing partner of Corvus Technology Resources.