Monday, February 16, 2015

IBM and CenturyLink Open Innovation Center in Lousiana

As part of a 10-year agreement between IBM and CenturyLink, IBM will open and staff a new applications development innovation center in Monroe, Louisiana. The facility is expected to create 400 jobs for specialists in application development, application management and system integration.

The State of Louisiana will contribute $4.5 million in funding over 10 years to expand key higher education programs, including the computer science program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the cyber engineering program at Louisiana Tech, and the data analytics program at Grambling State University. In addition, the State will provide $12 million for construction of new office space for the use of IBM, which will become an anchor tenant of a privately developed mixed-use complex.