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Tech company to bring 2000 jobs to New Orleans

14 November 2017, 02:16 | Melvin Schneider

The view of the skyline in downtown New Orleans on Friday

The view of the skyline in downtown New Orleans on Friday

A technology services company that boasts 6,000 worldwide clients will establish a facility in downtown New Orleans and plans to hire about 2,000 people over five years, state and city officials said Monday.

John Bell Edwards' office calls it one of the most significant economic development announcements in state history: A technology company bringing 2,000 jobs to New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it a "game changer" in the city's drive to diversify its economy.

Tech sector jobs are among the highest paying and highly sought after. DXC is likely to be its biggest "win" yet.

Landrieu, Edwards and DXC executive vice president Stephen Hilton announced the plans at a news conference at the Superdome. The company formed earlier this year as the result of a merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

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DXC is hiring now for the project.

The move could eventually create up to 2000 permanent high tech positions in downtown New Orleans. 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. DXC was lured to Louisiana with a $115 million tax incentive package, parts of which the state will use to fund faculty and curriculums within the state's university systems to build a skill-specific jobs pipeline, along with almost $19 million in performance-based grant funding A state-funded $25 million higher education plan will work with Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System on four campuses: LSU in Baton Rouge, the University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

"Companies have to have [IT services] in order to remain competitive and viable in a global economy", said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson.

Multiple media sources, including the New Orleans Advocate and Baton Rouge Business Report have confirmed DXC Technology, based in Virginia is expected to expand its business to the Crescent City.

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