National Cyber Research Park
Serving as an anchor of Louisiana’s Cyber Corridor, the Cyber Innovation Center and its National Cyber Research Park provide a physical location for government, industry, and academia to collaborate, conduct leading research, and develop state of the art technologies. Stretching approximately 98 miles along Interstate 20 across North Louisiana, the Cyber Corridor includes a top Fortune 200 company (CenturyLink), a Tier I research institution (Louisiana Tech University), and one of the nation’s fastest growing community colleges (Bossier Parish Community College). Zoned for cyber research and development activities, the NCRP represents a $107 million investment by local governments of Bossier and the State of Louisiana. Even though we live in a “virtual” world, it is important that we foster face-to-face interactions amongst peers and industry leaders.
In July of 2013, The NCRP was designated an American Electric Power (AEP) Qualified Data Center Site after passing a rigorous qualification process, confirming that the National Cyber Research Park offers a reliable and redundant power supply, strong fiber networks, low disaster risks, and a business-friendly climate. Additionally, in October 2015, the Cyber Innovation Center was the first site in Louisiana to receive AT&T’s Fiber Ready Designation.
Strategically located next to Barksdale Air Force Base (Barksdale) in Bossier City, Louisiana, the NCRP is a 3,000 acre overlay district. This location provides easy access to and from the park and offers data centers the connectivity, redundancy, survivability and collaboration essential for new business development opportunities.
Phase I, a 64-acre tract of land, of the National Cyber Research Park is almost complete and will consist of four buildings. The CIC headquarters and CSRA’s Integrated Technology Center, are currently occupied. A third building, the Bossier Parish Community College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Building, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. A fourth building, which will house the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI), is in the design phase thanks to additional funds secured in capital outlay.
In September 2014, CSRA, then Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), made the strategic decision to locate its new Integrated Technology Center at the National Cyber Research Park following a competitive site selection process of 134 national locations. The Integrated Technology Center brings approximately 800 new jobs to the community. Currently, CSRA continues to hit its hiring projections and announced an additional 300 jobs for its Business Integration Center, which will be located in the old Capital One Building on Benton Road.
Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) offers associate degrees in six academic divisions. Enrollment at BPCC has grown exponentially (more than 86%) since 2009. Due to the enrollment increase and demand for degrees, BPCC has added additional buildings to accommodate students. The new BPCC STEM Building will house all of BPCC’s Science, Nursing, and Allied Health programs and will be located on the northwest corner of the National Cyber Research Park.
Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI), formed as a partnership between the Cyber Innovation Center and Louisiana Tech University, is a not-for-profit corporation that focuses on innovation and developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Primary among its customers is Barksdale Air Force Base. LTRI supports community growth by attracting entrepreneurs and innovators who can advance basic and applied research in the areas of cyber and energy. In addition, LTRI works with these individuals to support successful technology transfer and commercialization opportunities.
The Cyber Innovation Center houses its own National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), which focuses on academic outreach and workforce development through curriculum design, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education. One of NICERC’s objectives to develop the cyber workforce needed both locally and nationally. Currently, teachers from all 50 states and two U.S. territories are accessing the CIC’s curricula which also includes informal programs such as camps and robotics competitions. To date, over 4,500 teachers and 560,000 students across the country have been impacted by CIC’s formal and informal programs, and those numbers are expected to double by fall 2017.
The NCRP also includes a 600 acre commercial district that is home to three new hotels, a new bank, and new dining options. Since the Cyber Innovation Center was established in 2008, the NCRP’s commercial district has experienced strong growth with no signs of slowing down in the near future. The Bossier-Shreveport area offers several cost-effective business and residential incentives that have continued to help the area grow. We are located within 250 miles of Baton Rouge, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Jackson, Memphis, New Orleans, and Tulsa, making our central location a hub for business and transportation.