Special session

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards leave a joint session of the Legislature Feb. 17, 2017 amid handshakes following his detailing the state’s fiscal problems and his solutions for solvency.

Haskell Whittington

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced DXC Technology, a global information technology services company, will partner with Louisiana and the University to create a Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans.

“LSU is pleased to be part of this partnership investing in higher education and the workforce of Louisiana,” LSU President F. King Alexandersaid in a news release. “As the state’s flagship university, we are focused on solving the state’s most pressing challenges. Bringing a partnership like this to the New Orleans area and to LSU’s campus is a win for the entire state.”

Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will bring over 4,000 new jobs in southeastern Louisiana, according to a news release.

“This is a historic economic development achievement for our state,” Edwards said in a press release. “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.”

The press release stated the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group performed an economic impact analysis estimating the DXC Technology project would lead to to $64.3 million in new Louisiana taxes, $868.4 million in new Louisiana earnings and total economic output of $3.2 billion from 2018 through 2025.

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