Mobile-based education data management company STI will relocate its headquarters to the University of South Alabama’s Technology and Research Park. STI will move in January to accommodate the company’s significant expansion.
“Through the USA Technology & Research Park, we are building partnerships between businesses and our faculty researchers, students and graduates – all working together in a University environment to create, attract and retain high-technology jobs for Mobile and the Gulf Coast,” USA President Gordon Moulton said. “STI will be a great partner in this effort.”
STI has signed a 10-year lease with the University that includes two additional five-year renewal options. As a new partner of the University’s Tech Park, STI will occupy 20,000 square feet in a building on USA’s campus.
Rob Fiance, chief executive of STI, said, “After more than 25 years in Mobile, we are excited to have the opportunity to continue to support the local community and to work in partnership with a world-class university such as the University of South Alabama, particularly at a time when both the University and STI are poised for significant growth.
“The relocation provides us with the space and resources to meet our company goals and reward our hard-working staff,” Fiance said.
With the relocation, STI will have more spacious facilities and will be able to offer its employees numerous professional development opportunities and benefits. The company’s employees will receive the same benefits that University of South Alabama employees enjoy, including tuition discounts for themselves and their dependents, use of recreation facilities, discounts at University cultural and athletic events, membership at the USA Credit Union, and access to library resources on campus. STI currently employs more than 150 people.
“I think STI is an ideal fit for the USA Technology and Research Park,” said Ker Ferguson, director of the USA Technology and Research Park. “It will bring great opportunities for students on campus to collaborate with the company and help STI grow.”
Over the past several years, STI has aggressively grown its education business through company acquisitions and new product development. Recently, STI acquired The Lemberger Company based in Vienna, Mo., and launched a next-generation, Web-based student information system, InformationNOW. STI provides the K-12 education industry with a fully integrated suite of education data management systems that allow educators to track and analyze a wide range of data from student information to assessment and financials. More than 7,000 schools nationwide use STI products.
For more information, visit www.sti-k12.com or phone 800-844-0884.
The University of South Alabama
Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 13,300 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University has awarded 60,000 degrees.
In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center – involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually.
USA Technology and Research Park
The USA Technology and Research Park, launched in April 2002, is a major economic development initiative of the University of South Alabama. The Park brings University resources and the technology business community together in a single location that expands educational opportunities for students, provides new research relationships for faculty, and offers fresh growth prospects for businesses focusing on information technology, engineering and biomedicine. The Park is a focal point of high-technology economic growth for Mobile and the Upper Gulf Coast. It was developed with the assistance and support of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, which named the University its “Innovator of the Year” in recognition of the Park’s creation.
STI is a leading provider of Education Data Management solutions to the K-12 market. STI’s fully integrated suite of products addresses attendance, scheduling, special education, assessment, discipline, grade reporting, professional development, fund accounting, health, and parent/teacher communications. More than 7,000 schools in 28 states use STI solutions. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mobile, Ala. For more information, phone 800-844-0884 or visit www.sti-k12.com.
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