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Arizona Commerce Authority Head Sandra Watson, left, and Stealth Software CEO Gerard Warren listen to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (Bob McClay/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- A software development and marketing company based in the Netherlands has announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix.

Stealth Software CEO Gerard Warrens says Tuesday that the privately owned company will pick a city within two to four weeks where it will locate its new office.

Warrens says the company considered Austin, New York and Silicon Valley, but picked Arizona because it offered a competitive business environment and a skilled workforce.

"If we look at even skill sets within the different states, and we compare that on an apples-to-apples level, then Arizona has a lot more to offer for the same money."

The firm is looking to hire software developers, sales people and others.

"We are looking at about 200 jobs over the next three years," said Warrens. "We are currently in the process of actually deciding where to put our physical offices. That will be done within the next two to four weeks."

It also wants to do work in the bioscience, aerospace and defense sectors and collaborate in research projects with universities across Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the announcement is a sign that Arizona's business environment is becoming more competitive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bob McClay, Reporter

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