Websense relocates its headquarters to Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Websense will soon call Austin home.

The data security company announced on Friday that it will set its new corporate headquarters in Austin, a move that’s expected to create 470 jobs and more than $9 million in capital investment over the next two to three years, according to the chamber of commerce.

The Austin Chamber of Commerce helped Websense through Opportunity Austin, a public-private economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the Austin region. On Friday, the City of Austin approved an incentive estimated at $438 thousand over 10 years. Earlier this month, Texas awarded Websens a $4.5 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant.

John McCormack, the CEO of Websense, released a statement that said the company picked Austin as its headquarters because the city is quickly becoming a technology hub, and he thinks the move will help them better serve their growing global customer base.

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

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