IT & Professional Services

A Key Industry Sector In North Louisiana

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.

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Industry-Specific Incentives 

Local Incentives

PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) | Industrial Tax Exemption Program | Performance Based Grants | On the Job Training (OJT) | Reduced Utility Rates

State Incentives

Louisiana Quality Jobs Rebate Program| Enterprise Zone Tax Credit | Restoration Tax Abatement | Incumbent Worker Training Program and LED FastStart — A Nationally Recognized Customized 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

Workforce development in the IT and Professional Services industry

Key employers in the region leverage a network of educational programs and industry-specific incentives, facilitating a skilled workforce. The area’s technical high schools and colleges, such as Louisiana Tech University, HBCU Grambling State University and Bossier Parish Community College, offer specialized programs in cybersecurity and IT, supporting the local talent pipeline essential for the industry’s growth​. The presence of Barksdale Air Force Base provides access to a skilled technical talent pipeline that also possesses security clearances.

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) began working with local higher education institutions to develop a skilled IT talent pipeline. 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. Their award-winning collaboration was recognized for “Excellence in Economic Development” by the International Economic Development Council.

Industry-Specific Incentives 

Local Incentives

PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) | Industrial Tax Exemption Program | Performance Based Grants | On the Job Training (OJT) | Reduced Utility Rates

State Incentives

Louisiana Quality Jobs Rebate Program| Enterprise Zone Tax Credit | Restoration Tax Abatement | Incumbent Worker Training Program and LED FastStart — A Nationally Recognized Customized 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