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January 4, 2021: John Sammon, Michigan Business Daily

Officials of TechSmith, a software development company with headquarters in Okemos (Ingham County), announced on Dec. 21 they plan to install a new headquarters in East Lansing, a $15 million investment that is expected to create 25 new jobs.

“As a growing tech company, we know our employees are driving our success,” Wendy Hamilton, CEO of TechSmith said on the website for the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC). “We look forward to providing a quality workspace and state of the art amenities to our amazing team, which not only better equips us to attract world-class talent, but also deepens our company’s sense of commitment to and passion for Michigan State University and the Lansing region.”

The report said the company plans to consolidate its different facilities into a central location to be built near the former Spartan Village off Highway 496 in East Lansing. Currently, the firm has 275 employees working from five different locations.

The project is being helped by the awarding of a $250,000 grant from the Jobs Ready Michigan an organization created by the state’s Strategic Fund to attract new jobs and business to the state. The goal is to develop high-tech, high-demand, high-pay jobs, the report said.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) worked with TechSmith executives to locate the best site for the new headquarters and also brought on-board key government agencies and business partners, the report noted.

“The Jobs Ready Michigan grant to support TechSmith’s move to East Lansing is evidence of TechSmith’s commitment to a talent focused culture and the caliber of the more than 275 jobs that could soon move into the region,” Bob Trezise, CEO of LEAP said. “This project will create good, high-paying jobs we can count on into the future, and it sets the stage for continued development of the tech industry in the region. We’re thankful to our great partners at the MEDC for supporting another great project in the Lansing region.”

Founded in 1987, TechSmith produces screen and video editing software for Window and MAC computers and provides software to schools, government and small business users among others.