BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 27 -- Louisiana State University issued the following news release:
On Thursday, Sept. 26, Gov. Bobby Jindal and IBM Senior Vice President Colleen Arnold joined other leaders to break ground on the $55 million urban development in downtown Baton Rouge that will be home to the new IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge upon its completion in mid-2015. The project will create 800 new direct jobs, and LED estimates the project will result in an additional 542 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 1,300 new permanent jobs in the Capital Region of Louisiana.
The IBM technology center has already been operating at its temporary space in an Essen Lane office in Baton Rouge and employs more than 100 people. The company's Baton Rouge operation develops software applications and other business solutions for domestic customers, and IBM represents the single, largest software development project attracted to Louisiana in what is becoming a rapidly expanding sector for the state. Digital media and software development investments by GE Capital, EA, Gameloft and others have been accompanied by major corporate headquarters expansions by CenturyLink and Schumacher Group in the software technology sector.
Gov. Jindal said, "Today represents a landmark event in the history of Louisiana, Baton Rouge and the Capital Region. This historic new technology center operated by IBM will pioneer new innovation and software development right here in Baton Rouge. The IBM Services Center will create quality technology career opportunities, allowing us to retain our best and brightest students here at home while also further growing our economy. IBM joins a long list of technology companies that have expanded or established offices in Louisiana since 2008, all of which are collectively on track to create more than 3,200 new direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs in Louisiana. These wins are proof that Louisiana's growing economy is quickly becoming a beacon for the digital media and software industries."
The IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge project includes innovative, public-private partnerships to expand higher-education programs related to computer science and to construct a major new riverfront development that will accelerate the revitalization of downtown Baton Rouge. The center will employ a broad range of college graduates and experienced professionals with backgrounds in computer science and other quantitative-intense fields, such as engineering, mathematics and science.