Qwest Communications has announced it will open a new call center in Sioux City. Qwest spokeswoman Kara Rovere says it’ll be a customer sales and service center for the company that provides local phone service in fourteen states including Iowa. She says it’ll handle calls from Qwest customers across the 14-state region, and two new ones will employ about 250 at a new center in Sioux Falls, and 450 new jobs in Sioux City. They were looking for a mix of buildings available and a suitable workforce. She says there were a lot of people in Sioux City who’d be available to work at the call center and who had the right kind of training for the kind of job they’ll do there. Rovere says the hiring process is already getting underway. She says if you want to apply for one of those jobs you can surf to qwest-dot-com. The people hired will get a 16-week training course to prepare them for the jobs, which will include directors, supervisors, human-resource specialists and many people working taking calls. The coup for Sioux City was a loss for Grand Island, Nebraska, which had been considered for the call-center but lost a bid to host it.