Websense accepts incentives deals, will move to Austin

Mar 3, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Lured by city and state incentives, a California cybersecurity company said Friday that it is moving its corporate headquarters to Austin


City officials said the relocation of San Diego-based Websense is expected to create 470 jobs and result in $10 million in capital investment over the next two to three years


In exchange, Websense will receive $4.5 million from the state-operated Texas Enterprise Fund, while the city of Austin has proposed a performance-based grant of $438,000 to be paid over a 10-year period


“Establishing Austin as our headquarters will heighten our security industry leadership position and enable us to better serve our growing global customer base,” Websense CEO John McCormack said in a written statement. “The city is quickly becoming a technology hub with an invigorating quality of life and multi-tiered workforce that fits well into our future plans.”


“This success for Austin is another example of what can be accomplished through community collaboration,” Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said in a written statement


The city and state incentives deals call for Websense, which employs more than 1,500 worldwide, to relocate its corporate headquarters to Austin, create at least 470 jobs with an average salary of $82,000 and make a capital investment of nearly $10 million


Websense plans to lease a 90,000 square-foot facility; the capital investment includes allocations toward a building finish out, IT upgrades and office amenities


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