BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A computer services company announced Tuesday that it plans to open a new technology center in Bossier City, creating 800 new jobs and bolstering efforts to position northwest Louisiana as a center for cybersecurity work.
Computer Sciences Corporation will build its new facility — which will focus on cloud computing, cybersecurity and software development — at a research park in the region that also houses the Cyber Innovation Center, which is located next to Barksdale Air Force base and collaborates with Louisiana Tech University.
"Northwest Louisiana is going to become one of America's new technology hubs, enabling the region to attract technology partners of CSC as well as other technology companies attracted to the growing IT workforce here," Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement.
The Virginia-based company considered 134 locations before choosing the Bossier City site, where it expects to have a $39 million payroll by 2017.
"It's an ability to reach out and tap into a community that has a great work ethic, a great infrastructure and a great university system and bring those capabilities to our customers," Dave Zolet, CSC executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement.
The state will put at least $53 million into the project in expanded higher education offerings, construction and relocation costs, while also offering additional tax breaks for software development and high-paying jobs with benefits.