By Kevin Rader, WTHR political reporter - bio | email
A company that started in Indiana 20 years ago and expanded around the world is coming full circle. Interactive Intelligence has big plans in Indianapolis.
Interactive Intelligence is a global provider of business communications software and services company that employs 1,000 Hoosiers and 900 more worldwide. It's about to get even bigger.
"Expansion of $28 million, 112,000-square-foot new headquarters building. We are putting in a slide that will go from one floor to another. A whimsical touch," company founder and CEO Dr Donald Brown said.
The company hopes to fill 300 new jobs by the end of this year and nearly 200 more by the end of the next year.
"Tech is on the rise in the heartland because of great companies like Interactive Intelligence," Gov. Mike Pence gushed.
The IEDC is offering the company over $8 million in conditional tax credits and up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits. It's all based on the company's job creation plans.
"There is a lot more to come. I don't think there is much question about that because I think this company is just beginning," Mayor Greg Ballard added.
Interactive Intelligence is plans to hire 300 Hoosiers by the end of this year and fill 130 more positions worldwide.
Dr. Donald Brown attributes the company success to its stubborn Hoosier mentality.
"We've just been able to focus on a technologically superior solution and when you keep grown 25 to 30% a year you can become a big fish yourself so that is what we have been able to do. We are just a stubborn people. We have a bulldog Hoosier mentality. We don't give up. We set a goal and we just keep after it," Brown said after the announcement news conference had ended.
Interactive Intelligence had revenues of $318 million last year, an increase of 34% over 2012. In spite of its worldwide success, with offices in Paris and London, Dr. Brown says Indiana remains the heart and soul of the company.