CLAYTON (KMOX) – Centene Corp. wants to help rebuild Ferguson. It plans to build a claims processing center in the north St. Louis County community, in the wake of weeks of unrest after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The company is putting a rush on the expansion project, to get it completed faster than the typical 18 month timeline. It expects to create 150 to 200 new full-time jobs, including health insurance and, after one year, tuition reimbursement.
Ferguson was selected specifically because of recent events, which have included vandalism and looting.
“This the right thing to do for the community, state and our shareholders,” Centene chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff said in a written statement. “It is time for action, not talk.”
The specific location in the city hasn’t yet been selected.
Centene will begin accepting applications sometime before the end of the year. Then, it’ll open a temporary facility in the area to train new employees, with assistance from St. Louis Community College. An unspecified amount of state incentives are being offered by Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration through the Missouri Works program.
Sen. Claire McCaskill said: “This important development will be a stabilizing lifeline for the many small businesses that were affected in Ferguson due to the unrest last month.”
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