Glen Post has served as CEO of CenturyLink for 22 years, helping the company manage a successful transition from traditional phone and cable platforms to Internet Protocol-based communications for consumers and cloud-computing infrastructure, data services and hosted information technology services for businesses. More than ever, Post is excited about Northeast Louisiana’s potential as an innovation hub and the role CenturyLink plays in that transformation.
[EQ] What do you think about the state’s new developments with IBM?
[Post] As CenturyLink continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world, we are committed to expanding our operations in Northeast Louisiana. In March, we officially opened the CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence in Monroe, and strategic partnerships like the one with IBM advance our goals for the center, our company and our community. Our partnership with IBM enables our two companies to work together to grow and support the communities where our employees live and work.
[EQ] What do you foresee in the region’s future?
[Post] I believe North Louisiana has tremendous potential to attract the best and brightest talent in the world as we create an innovation hub along the I-20 corridor. With the recent company expansions announced from Shreveport to Monroe, our region is well-positioned to play a critical role in our nation’s cybersecurity initiatives, technology advancements, application development and more, while creating jobs and the indirect growth that comes with those jobs.
[EQ] What is CenturyLink’s role in the software future of the region?
[Post] CenturyLink hires a significant number of software developers in support of our current and future business needs. These software developers solve complex problems, create automation and engineer new services. We anticipate an expanded need for computer science, CIS and cyber engineering professionals to help drive these and many other functions for the company.
[EQ] What is CenturyLink’s commitment to the area?
[Post] CenturyLink employs about 2,200 people in Monroe and we are continually hiring. We have also chosen Southern Lifestyle Development — the company behind the award-winning Village of River Ranch in Lafayette — to develop an 88-acre parcel of real estate located west of CenturyLink’s corporate campus in Monroe. The development will promote “smart growth” principles and include a complementary mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses. We are pleased to have taken this important step that we believe will lead to a new development benefitting the Monroe region by offering more choices for housing, recreation and work.
[EQ] What are the region’s advantages that make it a technology hub?
[Post] In addition to CenturyLink’s presence and our expansion plans, North Louisiana is home to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University and Delta Community College. IBM is expanding in Monroe and CSC is growing in the Shreveport-Bossier area, which is also home to the Cyber Innovation Center and Barksdale Air Force Base. Our higher education institutions combined with job growth and our natural and human resources make North Louisiana an attractive place to live and work.