Louisiana: An Emerging Technology Hub
Louisiana is emerging as a hub for technology and software development. Its unique advantages, including a low cost of living, high quality of life and the nation’s most comprehensive incentives for software development are attracting globally recognized companies.
IBM Establishes 800-Job Technology Center in Baton Rouge
In March 2013, IBM announced it would create the IBM Technology Center: Baton Rouge. The center will grow to 800 jobs by 2016 and specialize in the development and maintenance of enterprise software for major U.S. corporate customers. By September the company was already ahead of its hiring schedule by eight months.
GE Capital Opens Technology Center in New Orleans
In February 2012, GE Capital selected New Orleans as the location for its new IT Center, which will be home to 300 high-quality technology jobs and serve as a major resource for supporting the company’s financial products and customer functions. In April 2013, at the dedication of the Technology Center, GE officials announced they were ahead of their hiring schedule, having created 100 jobs.
Gameloft Chooses New Orleans for Game Development Studio
In 2011, Gameloft announced the creation of its game development studio in New Orleans, with the goal of delivering at least one new game title developed entirely at the studio in its first year. The company is on track to fulfill its goal of 100 employees by 2016, and at the studio’s one-year celebration Gameloft’s officials announced the completion of Cosmic Colony — the first game to be developed at the New Orleans studio.
EA Partners With LSU for Testing Center in Baton Rouge
In 2008, Electronic Arts selected Louisiana for a testing center – one of only two in the world. In addition to utilizing the software development incentive, EA partnered with LSU to occupy a new state-of-the-art facility on the university’s main campus. In this new Digital Media Center, EA shares space with LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology. Since the announcement, EA has grown to nearly 500 workers during the school year. Testers are recruited from the Baton Rouge area and include many LSU students who serve in part-time positions at the center.