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February 21 09:46 AM

CSC to bring 1,600 new jobs to area

Technology center to be built in Bossier City

CSC, a Fortune 500 company that is a global provider of nextgeneration IT solutions, will open a new technology center in Bossier City, creating 800 new direct jobs and 805 new indirect jobs, a total of more than 1,600 new jobs, Gov. Bobby Jindal said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Cyber Innovation Center.

“”These are 800 good-paying jobs, average salary over $50,000 a year before benefits,” Jindal said.

CSC, or Computer Science Corporation, will operate from the Cyber Innovation Center temporarily until a new 116,000-squarefoot technology center can be constructed. CSC will be the anchor tenant in Cyber Innovation Center’s 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park.

“This is the third week in a row I’ve come up to Northwest Louisiana to make an economic development announcement,” Gov.

Bobby Jindal said Tuesday prior to the announcement.

“Every one of these announcements is special, but today is especially important not only for the number of jobs but the types of jobs and what this means for our region,” the governor said.

“(CSC’s) technology facilities are going to include data center operations, hundreds of professionals engaged in the jobs of the future,” said Jindal.

CSC will hire more than 1,600 people for those jobs. “That’s 1,600 families paying their bills, raising their children right here in Louisiana, 1,600 families buying their groceries, buying their cars, painting their houses, and those dollars are staying in our economy — great opportunities for everybody in this community,” Jindal said. “So it doesn’t matter if you work with computers or not, you’re going to benefit from today’s announcement, today’s investment.”

With CSC’s establishment in Northwest Louisiana, the need for people to fill those jobs becomes even greater, and area colleges and universities stand to benefit from expanded computer science and technology education.

“To help cement the success of this future technology and industry partnership, the state will be funding a $14 million highereducation initiative to rapidly grow the number of computer science and technology graduates we produce in this region,” Jindal said.

“What that means is that this initiative will combine with their development at the National Cyber Research Park to build a technology corridor all along I-20 from Shreveport-Bossier to Monroe, which is already the home of Fortune 500 companies like CenturyLink. … So not only are we going to be bringing more jobs, we’re going to be training our kids to fill those jobs right here in Louisiana.”

The governor said that CSC looked at 133 sites across the country to locate its new technology center. “The fact that they chose Northwest Louisiana sends a message to the entire world, to other global IT companies, to take a second look at Louisiana,” said Jindal.

He said that because of CSC’s decision to locate here, “Northwest Louisiana is going to become one of America’s new technology hubs.”

Asked what was the deciding factor in selecting Bossier City out of all of the potential sites for the new center, David Zolet, executive vice president and general manager of CSC, said, “We’re always looking for areas that have outstanding infrastructure, people who have a strong work ethic, underserved usually regarding the fact that people were leaving to find high-tech jobs. So what we’re hoping to do is (get) people to come back or stay in Louisiana and do great things.”

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