DXC Technology will establish a Digital Transformation Center in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. DXC will hire 300 IT and business enterprise professionals during 2018, then ramp up to 2,000 jobs over five years.
“We’re thrilled to become a member of the New Orleans community, and want to thank the leadership of the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana for their exceptional work in bringing DXC and several thousand jobs to the area,” DXC Technology’s Chairman, President & CEO Mike Lawrie said.
“Our Digital Transformation Center will be a world-class facility in every way. It will be integral to DXC’s strategic growth objectives, deliver transformative next-generation digital IT services and solutions to our clients, and create new opportunities for current and future employees. As an established global technology services and solutions leader, we continually seek opportunities to strengthen our leadership and competitive positions and to help clients on their digital transformation journeys. This is a truly exciting opportunity for DXC. We look forward to establishing our local presence and, as a vital partner, contributing to the recognition of New Orleans and Louisiana as leading technology and growth centers,” he said.
“This is an historic economic development achievement for our state,” Governor Edwards John Bel said. “DXC Technology could not have made a better selection than to choose New Orleans for their Digital Transformation Center, and we embrace the challenge of preparing our best and brightest students for this remarkable opportunity. DXC’s selection of New Orleans represents the rarest and most promising economic development win that Louisiana or any state could hope for. With this project, Louisiana gains a next-generation leader in global technology services, our college graduates will find unprecedented job opportunities at home, and New Orleans will welcome a landmark project to elevate its economy as the city celebrates its Tricentennial next year.”
To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package with $18.7 million in performance-based grants payable over five years and to include a flexible performance-based grant ($15 million), a performance-based parking assistance grant ($2.2 million) and a performance-based demolition grant ($1.5 million).
DXC will receive the comprehensive workforce solutions of LED FastStart, while the $25 million higher education initiative will provide grants directly to Louisiana college campuses over five years for faculty, curriculum and other instructional resources that support the project. DXC also is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program.
“The announcement of DXC Technology’s Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans is the capstone on a decade-long effort to make New Orleans and Louisiana a new hub for technology and innovation,” GNO Inc. President & CEO Michael Hecht said. “It is fitting that DXC is opening a ‘Transformation Center,’ because we fully expect the impact to be transformative to both DXC, as a new global technology leader, and New Orleans, as a new national technology hub.”
“We welcome DXC to America’s most unique and ascendant city,” said President & CEO Quentin Messer of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “DXC’s decision to make this significant strategic investment in New Orleans not only affirms the vibrancy of the local technology ecosystem but also demonstrates New Orleans’ increasing attractiveness for large-scale financial and human capital investment. This significant win for the people of New Orleans resulted from a collaborative effort by state and local government, the private sector and economic development. Our commitment to DXC does not end with this announcement; it is only beginning.”