IT & Professional Services

A Key Industry Sector In North Louisiana

Top Employers | Success Stories | Incentives | Workforce Programs

The North Louisiana Tech Corridor includes a vibrant tech ecosystem of industry, talent, community and infrastructure. Businesses, educational institutions, government and non‑profits form a network of collaboration to ensure skilled talent and other critical resources are available.

The North Louisiana Tech Corridor is anchored by the National Cyber Research Park and Lumen Technologies. The National Cyber Research Park is a 3,000-acre overlay district located in the Shreveport-Bossier City MSA in northwest Louisiana. It is strategically located next to Barksdale Air Force Base, one of the ten Major Commands in the U.S. Air Force. The National Cyber Research Park is home to General Dynamics Information Technology, the Cyber Innovation Center, Louisiana Tech Research Institute, and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). Lumen’s corporate headquarters are in the Monroe MSA in northeast Louisiana. With approximately 400,000 route miles of fiber and serving customers in more than 60 countries, Lumen is a multinational technology company that enables companies to capitalize on emerging applications and power the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Business leaders see an immediate advantage in North Louisiana — an experienced workforce supported by education and training programs specifically developed for the IT and professional services industry.

Industry-Specific Incentives

Local Incentives

PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes), Performance Based Grants, On the Job Training (OJT)

State Incentives

Louisiana Quality Jobs Rebate Program, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, Research & Development Tax Credit, Digital Media & Software Incentives, Restoration Tax Abatement, Incumbent Worker Training Program, Angel Investor Tax Credit, and LED FastStart — A Nationally Recognized Workforce Training Program.

Federal Incentives

New Market Tax Credit, Opportunity Zones, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Foreign Trade Zone, Research & Development Tax Credit, EXIM Bank, SBA Programs, USDA Rural Development Grants

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Workforce development in the IT and Professional Services industry

Jumpstart is an effort by the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Economic Development, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to dramatically increase the number of high school students pursuing career and technical education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry-based credentials for in-demand skills and be career and college ready. class=”Apple-converted-space”>  JumpStart provides pathways that focus on information technology, cyber-security, AV technology and communication, business management, computing, digital design and emergent media.

Cyber.Org, the academic initiative of the Cyber Innovation Center, is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and can be found in K-12 education systems in all 50 states and most U.S. territories.

Bossier and Caddo are home to two stand-alone technical high schools. These schools prepare students for the world of work by preparing them to earn industry-based credentials (IBCs). Both offer Computer Programming, Networking and Digital media courses to prepare students to earn relevant IBCs. The IBCs offered are vetted by Advisory Boards made up of regional employers in each subject area.

Educational Institutions with programs that benefit the IT & Professional Services industry

Various programs provided include:

Administration, Business, Communications, Computer Animation, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Cyber Security, Engineering Technology, Information Assurance, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Software Engineering.

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General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) began working with local higher education institutions to develop a skilled IT talent pipeline. class=”Apple-converted-space”>  Funded by a higher education initiative from Louisiana Economic Development, Bossier Parish Community College, Northwestern State University and Louisiana Tech University responded with a tailored curriculum to meet GDIT’s needs and ultimately exceeded hiring expectations. class=”Apple-converted-space”>  Their award-winning collaboration was recognized for “Excellence in Economic Development” by the International Economic Development Council. class=”s2″>Learn more.

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