Earlier today, IBM Senior Vice President Colleen Arnold and Governor Bobby Jindal announced a plan for the IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge, a software development project that will create 800 tech jobs.
The Center is the latest in the series of investments IBM has made in high-tech science and innovation. It will provide software development and software maintenance services to clients in the United States, and other services including application development, application management and system integration.
The Center is the result of a public-private partnership with a 14 million investment over 10 years that will be used expanded higher-education programs, such as LSU’s computer science program, which will use at least 65% of the funds. IBM plans to hire a range of college graduates and professionals with backgrounds in computer science and other backgrounds including engineering, mathematics, and science.
LSU’s College of Engineering Dean Richard Koubek said, “LSU’s College of Engineering is committed to developing a mutually beneficial partnership with IBM and LED that stimulates economic growth and helps to meet the workforce development needs of the state.”
Governor Jindal said today’s announcement is a game changer that will have a generational impact on downtown Baton Rouge, in addition to the entire state of Louisiana. “This project will continue to position Louisiana as a leader in the global technology sector as we are bringing in one of the largest, most successful, most innovative companies to create a first-of-its-kind software development center in Louisiana,” said Gov. Jindal.
“This historic partnership will help drive major economic activity and extraordinary professional and student achievement. Indeed, this investment is a big win for LSU, Baton Rouge and our entire state. We are investing in our students and workers so America can continue to have the most skilled workforce in the world.”
For more information about the Center and announcement, click here.