Proposed city parking deal would bring 200 jobs

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A proposal to lease the city’s parking meters for 50 years would require the vendor to bring 200 jobs to Indianapolis for at least seven years.

City officials this week begin touting that part of the agreement with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc., as the deal increasingly becomes a subject of heated debate.

The lease has been promoted by city leaders as a way to modernize meters and generate $400 million or more in revenue for road and sidewalk improvements in areas near the meters. But critics have said it would restrict the city’s flexibility when it comes to urban planning and rake in lots of revenue—perhaps as much as $1.2 billion, according to an IBJ estimate—for ACS.

According to documents published Monday on the city’s website, the 200 jobs would include call center and data entry positions, information technology workers and managers.

The salaries and benefits would be “market-competitive to similar positions in Indianapolis,” which ACS put in the range of an annual $16,000 to $40,000 for data entry and call center jobs and $45,000 to $95,000 for the information technology and managerial roles.

The company would be required to roll out the jobs within two years of signing the contract, a timetable that is contingent upon whether the City-County Council approves the deal and the timing of their vote, said Chris Gilligan, an ACS spokesman.

The agreement also stipulates that 50 of the 200 jobs be located in Center Township, including some filled by employees who live in Center Township and would be given clearance to work from home. The company would determine other locations based on factors such as cost and ability to attract staff.

ACS would pay the city a monthly penalty of $166.67 for each job the company did not provide.

The company estimated the seven-year impact of the jobs between $18 million and $24 million, according to the online documents.

Gilligan said ACS also has added jobs in cities such as Anderson, Lexington, Ky., and Oklahoma City.


  • BS Promises
    Salaries of ACS falls below the average. They actually fall with in the poverty level. Their employee's are also on a salary freeze and have not received a raise in over three years. They have posted management positions for starting wage $9.50 hourly. Take a look at glassdoor.com and the comments from the employee's that work for ACS from all over the country. ACS has a 2.2 company rating. This is a strong indicator that ACS is not the kind of company our city and the people of our city need. Indianapolis needs good, strong, ethical companies like Google, SAS, Qualcomm, and Genentech. Each company has a program that enables employees to voice their ideas, enhances the innovative culture, and ultimately develops ideas that will benefit the business, community, and employee's. Each company supporting innovation. They offer stress free environments and offer their employee's livable wages with exceptional perks. AND their annual earnings and profits are less than ACS.
    So, for ACS to "say" they are going to bring 200 jobs with this deal, is insulting.
    Their current employee's throughout Indiana live off pennies, food stamps, and are regular patrons of local food pantries.
  • ACS, IBM, Promised jobs...
    Anyone remember the FSSA initial privatization talks. IBM promised some call centers (different from the FSSA ones) and ACS dangled additional workers too. Barely any of that came to fruition, and look now - IBM is gone, off the project.

    Ballard, do not take this dangling carrot. Do not structure the deal for 50 years. More like 5 years with an option. This is ample planning time to see what may be coming in the future to prepare and plan for it. 50 years, we may all need to have Hover Parking Meters for our Flying Cars. Do they retain that parking air space too.

    Please everyone - email your Councilor and tell them NO! Not right now, lets see how well the Water Deal Does first!
  • Huber
    ..I know you are reading this. Why don't you, the Mayor and the rest of the Mayor's executive staff formally agree not to work for ACS for the next 50 years. I mean, this administration is so transparent. Not like Goldsmith when he and Mitch Rube went to work for ACS after giving them a sweatheart city deal. Right?
  • No
    Concerned, they are not required to have locate 200 jobs here. It's just an empty promise.

    Georgie, I assure you the powers-to-be will read your comments on here. I also assure you they don't care what you think. They want to make as much money as they can and as long as they can keep together the Republican majority, they'll pass it.
  • Bell, California Baby
    Looters... Let the citizens/taxpayers keep 100% of the user fees... We do not need any stinkn outsiders to loot public funds. Total Misappropriation of Public Assets.
  • GOP Giveaway $$$
    The deal is worth 1.2 billion dollars to the private company and only 400 million to the city. That is 2 to 1 profits to the cronies that Ballard and the GOP awards the contract to. As for the jobs, this is such an ify statement and holds no water. After 7 years of any jobs it brings, they will go totally to Pakistan or India or some other country where nobody speaks good English and nobody gets any answers or solutions to their inquiries. If this is so good, why not create 200 jobs for Indianapolis for 50 years and not just 7. Of course once again, it is all about kickbacks to cronies and political business contributors, they need to get a payback for all the money they will spending to influence elections.
  • SRSLY?
    This administration is run by idiots. This deal stinks on 20 different levels.

    Keep digging Ballard, you'll hit Chinatown soon.
  • Does Not Require Any Jobs
    Reposting from my blog on this topic:

    ACS is now saying it will create 200 jobs in Indianapolis. This is not in the lease contract anywhere, but in some side agreement. The meter lease contract, like most corporate deals, has a clause that says, â??This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties pertaining to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, negotiations, discussions and understandings, written or oral, between the Parties.â?? In short, if itâ??s not in the contract, it doesnâ??t count. The only reason â?? the only reason â?? to put a jobs pledge in a separate â??letter of agreementâ?? is to render it unenforceable. Even if it magically were, the jobs only have to be around for seven years â?? a far cry from the 50 they expect the people of Indianapolis to commit to â?? and the fine for not creating a job is less than the penalty the city would have to pay for removing just one meter. Thatâ??s right, those jobs are worth less than a parking meter each even in the unlikely event the agreement is enforceable. In short, this agreement is basically worthless and clearly just a gimmick to try to salvage a deal pretty much everyone recognizes is bad for the city.
  • Jobs???
    What kind of jobs and what kind of pay? Also notice that they only have to have 200 jobs for Seven (7) years! How many jobs for the following Forty-three (43) years while the "agreement" is in affect. The more I read the less this sounds like a good deal for Indianapolis!
  • What is the net gain?
    I understand that the new vendor would be required to locate 200 jobs here, but how many existing jobs would be displaced? How many current city workers and existing vendors employees would lose jobs? We don't need to shift these revenues to an outside vendor, why doesn't the city raise the parking fees and hire a vendor to put in new state-of-the-art parking equipment. They/we would realize much more income and have final determination over our future transportation plans.

    Please cancel plans for this contract, we can do it better ourselves without 50 years of handcuffs.
  • still a terrible deal
    This still is one of the worst "privitization" deals known to modern man. What a colossal sell out and stunning example of greed. Let's hope the CCC puts an end to this madness.
  • 3 Blind Mice
    The trouble with me venting here is that the powers that be, will never read it. If they did read it they would just ignore what they read.

    Their minds are already made up, and if enough wheels get greased it will be another political corruption done deal. I, like others here, keep thinking that if the outside vendor can make such a great profit, why can't the city make just as big a profit.

    I know, I know. Because if the city were to make it, it would have to be a "no lump sum" deal to crow about and get their hands in. Come on, the guys who are making this deal will be dead in 50 years, as will I. And the future generations will have their hands tied.

    The same as with the Toll Road lease. Sure we have mega-bucks in that fund, but those finds will be spent before the perpetrators leave office. Then where will we find funds for future projects with nothing else left to sell (I mean lease)? It is definite that even my kids will be dead in 75 years, and then our future-future generations will have their hands tied.

    I think it is deplorable that we would even consider usurping the future generationâ??s right to make their own deals. So, if a deal is to be made, how about a ten year deal. I may be dead by then, but the future generations will have their own deals to make.
  • ACS/ Xerox has 135,000 employees, you get to keep 200
    Suspect ACS is just shifting current FSSA and Indiana Workforce Development call center jobs from other areas of the state to central Indiana. Probably included current city & Dennison Parking employees too. Net new jobs? Zero
  • How many city workers to be laid off?
    I agree with the comments already posted regarding the idiocy of restricting our next 50 years of changing needs and demographics for a short term band-aid. So now the mayor's office tries to sell it with 'jobs'. If this vendor is going to add 200 jobs to manage what the city is presumably already managing - shouldn't we assume there will be a commensurate reduction (pro-rated for the additional 'services' ACS will be covering) of city workers?
  • Where's the Tea Party when You Need Them?
    This is taxation w/out representation. A Stupid Deal to boot! A total outrage! When's there going to be a rally on the Circle?!
  • is this a press release?
    Seriously? Did this article come straight off the company's press release? Weak sauce, IBJ.
  • What about City Job Losses?
    In reading this, I wonder what the net job gain would be? If the City is outsourcing something it does itself, wouldn't that involve laying off the current parking enforcement employees?
  • 200 jobs
    Good News - maybe they can hire some of the restaurant workers that will get laid-off due to fewer and fewer down-town diners since the meters are no longer free after 6:00
  • Smarter than a 5th Grader?
    These guys can't even get this right.

    First these guys fail to calculate the value of the contract they are awarding, which the IBJ calculates could be in excess of $1.2 BILLION in Profits saying it doesn't matter.

    Now they put out some lame projection of increasing local employment with 195 minimum wage jobs with a penalty that charges only $167 per employee for contract non performance, when the city is counting on a $18 to $20 million benefit? No doubt they want millions in training grants, tax credits, and tax abatements thus creating a negative benefit.

    My 10 year old daughter has better negotiation and math skills than these jokers.

  • Selling Us Short
    This deal stinks. In 10 years we are going to have even worse problems and no adequate sources of revenue. Band-aid.

    Someone please explain to me how selling the future right to collect money saves the city money. It just lets SOMEONE ELSE make a profit.

    Broadly put, why doesn't the city make that profit instead? I know that there would be hurdles to doing this, but ANYTHING is better than screwing us for the next 50 years.

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