The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) is pleased to announce that CSC will be the National Cyber Research Park’s newest tenant. Over the next four years, CSC will bring 800 jobs to the research park. CSC, a global leader in next-generation information technology services and solutions, is locating its Integrated Technology Center in Bossier City. The company will occupy space within the CIC headquarters on an interim basis while its own facility is being built within the National Cyber Research Park.
Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Bossier City and Bossier Parish leaders, and CSC executive Dave Zolet were on hand at a joint press conference this afternoon to make the announcement. Mayor Lo Walker commented, “We invested in the Cyber Innovation Center to attract these types of opportunities to our community. We are very excited for what this means to our citizens.”
With the insurgence of these 800 new technology jobs, Bossier and Northwest Louisiana’s cyber economy will take a giant step forward. According to CIC President Craig Spohn, “The size and scale of this opportunity will be a catalytic event that will accelerate the growth of a cyber economy in our community. This opportunity will further diversify our economy and serve as a foundation for growth well into the future.”
Senator Mary Landrieu added, “As Chairwoman of the Department of Homeland Security, I have been able to support programs at the CIC that will continue to grow cyber security efforts in Northwest Louisiana, and I also support CSC’s efforts in the National Cyber Research Park. Because of strategic planning, strong partnerships between the public and private sectors, and smart investments by local and federal officials, 800 high-paying and high-skill IT jobs are coming to Northwest Louisiana. Our digital infrastructure, workforce development, and universities make Louisiana a great location for CSC and other companies to land. Job opportunities like these will allow families to buy homes, save for retirement, and build prosperous futures. Furthermore, these job opportunities keep talent here at home securing Louisiana’s knowledge-based economy for decades to come.”
The Cyber Innovation Center and National Cyber Research Park were established in 2007 by investments from the local governments of Bossier Parish and Bossier City along with the State of Louisiana in order to diversify our region’s economy and to create a knowledge-based workforce by promoting research, education, and technological innovation. With this initial investment, the Cyber Innovation Center was able to not only build the necessary critical infrastructure to attract companies such as CSC but also form strategic partnerships to develop our own cyber workforce. Since its inception, the CIC has created an academic outreach and workforce development program that has become a catalyst for cultivating a regional cyber workforce while also building a national model for cyber education.
G.B. Cazes, CIC Vice President, stated, “It takes vision, dedication, and discipline to organically grow a workforce. After six years of investing with our partners, we are now seeing the fruits of our labor – a pipeline of talent poised to enter the cyber workforce in the coming years. I believe this was a factor in bringing CSC to our community and will be paramount in attracting future opportunities.”
“As we transform our company into a next-generation IT services provider, we are committed to developing a next-generation workforce skilled in cloud computing, cybersecurity and big data technologies,” said Dave Zolet, Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The CIC’s commitment to the development of a knowledge-based workforce and to building critical infrastructure provides us with a strong partner for anchoring a new technology corridor.”
“We’re fortunate the Cyber Innovation Center calls Bossier City home, and the addition of CSC will be a boom for the northwest Louisiana economy, creating 800 computer science jobs within the next four years,” Senator David Vitter said. “I think the brightest part of this huge announcement is the IT sector jobs being created, which will provide high-level jobs for our college graduates. This CSC contract is a great step toward moving Louisiana forward in a growing field.”
CSC plans to add 800 jobs over the next four years. Its presence in Bossier City will allow residents who have left the area in search of high-tech employment the opportunity to return home. Additionally, CSC will become the premier IT employer in the region and create a strong demand signal for future graduates with technology-related degrees. Students with computer science, cyber engineering, computer information systems and cyber information technology degrees will have an opportunity for high-tech career opportunities that provide real advancement opportunities. Such options did not exist previously.
“The workforce needs of the company align exceptionally well with the academic programs offered at Louisiana Tech University,” said Dr. Leslie Guice, President of Louisiana Tech University.
It is important to note that these direct technology jobs will result in numerous opportunities in other sectors. Research has shown that for every new high-tech job created, there will be four to five additional jobs created in the local goods and services economy over the long run.