MIDDLEBURY - The multi-national company E-Corp English announced last week that it will locate its global headquarters and IT development center in Middlebury. A number of factors played into the company's decision to choose Vermont, including the state's technical infrastructure, an educated workforce and Middlebury College's language department.
E-Corp English offers on-line English training courses to business people in China and French speaking countries and plans to expand their scope of instruction to Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish speakers.
President Deborah Schwarz made the announcement in Montpelier, where she was warmly welcomed by Governor Jim Douglas and Governor-elect Peter Shumlin. Noting that the company had a number of choices, including New York and Oregon, Gov. Douglas said "We are honored that you chose Middlebury and Vermont as a place to grow."
Schwarz and her husband have a long association with Vermont. She attended Middlebury College's language program for two summers, and her husband is a doctor with ties to Fletcher Allen Health Care as a researcher. That association, combined with a number of incentives from the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Economic Progress Council, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies helped tip the scales in Vermont's favor.
E-Corp plans to fill seven positions immediately and projects a workforce of more than 100 by 2013.