IT services company says New Orleans project will create 2000 direct jobs

IT services company says New Orleans project will create 2000 direct jobs

Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to make what his office says is "one of the most significant economic development announcements in Louisiana history".

A multi-billion dollar IT company expects to open its New Orleans office in January 2018, with plans to hire 2,000 people within the next several years - all part of a multi-tiered effort among state and local politicians and business groups, tax incentive programs, local higher education systems, and the company itself, DXC Technology, which courted several states before landing with New Orleans.

One source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told WAFB the announcement will involve the largest number of permanent jobs ever produced in a single project by Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

Updates on the announcement will be provided as more information becomes available.

Virginia-based DXC Technology Co will develop the center to create digital services for its global clients, which total almost 6,000 across 70 countries, the company said in a statement.

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"You are witnessing a transformational moment in the history of the city of New Orleans", Landrieu said.

DXC was formed in April by a merger between CSC and Hewlett's Enterprise Services business.

DXC Technology, a $25 billion company with 6,000 major clients across 70 countries, offers a wide range of technology services for businesses, like cloud computing, app development, digital security and more. DXC will hire 300 IT and business enterprise professionals during 2018, then ramp up to 2,000 jobs over five years and an annual payroll exceeding $133 million by 2025. It also will provide $25 million directly to Louisiana colleges for faculty and instruction that will support DXC. Its New Orleans "Digital Transformation Center" will serve as a "blueprint", according to executive vice president Stephen Hilton.

"This is an historic economic development achievement for our state", Edwards said.

DXC is hiring now for the project.

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