The Bayou State will soon be known as Silicon Bayou! Louisiana now ranks among the top five states for high-tech job growth, fueling a demand for more knowledge workers. The 2016 Cyberstates Report shows that Louisiana saw a 6.3 percent increase in tech sector employment from 2014-2015. That job trend is predicted to continue for years to come. Louisiana is expected to add 400,000 tech jobs between 2010 and 2020, according to a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Louisiana’s tech boom is due in part to Northeast Louisiana’s IT sector expansion. CenturyLink added a 300,000 square foot Technology Center of Excellence at its Monroe headquarters campus, creating 800 new jobs. IBM will locate a Client Innovation Center across from CenturyLink at a new mixed-use development called Century Village. The IBM project will create another 400 new jobs. In total, more than 1,200 new jobs were announced in just the last few years.
The explosion of tech sector jobs means Louisiana’s best and brightest no longer have to leave home to find job opportunities. In fact, communities are actively trying to attract and retain knowledge workers to continue to fuel our tech growth. The state’s “Come Home Louisiana” program launched a massive recruitment campaign to bring our “boomerangs” back to Louisiana. Boomerangs are Louisiana natives who left for jobs elsewhere but are now looking to return home.
Northeast Louisiana launched a branding campaign to market a four-parish region of Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita and Union Parishes in order to grow our workforce. The branding program is facilitated by the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) and supported by a coalition of municipalities, private companies, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, economic development and community organizations and higher education partners. The program focuses on recruiting and retaining technology workers by showcasing Northeast Louisiana’s many opportunities and assets.
One of the many initiatives implemented by the Northeast Louisiana Branding Program is the Northeast Louisiana Digital Neighbors social media program. Digital Neighbors are a connected group of people who are passionate about sharing on social media all the reasons why Northeast Louisiana is a great place to live, work and play. If you would like to be a champion for Northeast Louisiana, sign up to be a Digital Neighbor.