BOSSIER CITY, La., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CSRA Inc. (NYSE: CSRA) today opened the doors to its Integrated Technology Center (ITC) in Bossier City, marking the completion of a two-year development project that will bring a total of 800 new jobs to Northwest Louisiana by June 2018. The new facility will serve as a competitive delivery center that will enable CSRA to deliver a full-range of next-generation information technology services, securely and flexibly — including solution delivery, cyber operations and application development — at a competitive cost for the company's federal government customers.
The ITC currently has approximately 400 employees and plans to hire an additional 400 information technology professionals who will provide infrastructure and application development, cybersecurity and cloud computing support for mission-critical programs for several government agencies. Through the development of the ITC, CSRA is investing in the local community, broadening the technology corridor in Northwest Louisiana and stimulating job growth in the region. CSRA's partnership with local universities to enhance information technology-related college courses ensures students are job-ready upon graduation, allowing Louisiana to retain its best and brightest in the information technology sector.
CSRA (through its former parent, CSC) broke ground for the ITC in September 2014 and is now an anchor tenant at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City. The 96,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building features interactive technology, collaborative workspaces, a large town hall with food service offerings from local partners Rhino Coffee and Jason Brady Restaurant Group. The architecture features binary code on some of the windows and red LED lighting on the building's exterior. The building's unique design was conceived in partnership with area architect Mike McSwain, owner of Mike McSwain Architect, LLC.
The facility was built in partnership with several state and local government organizations including the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the State of Louisiana, the City of Bossier, the Cyber Innovation Center and the Bossier Parish Police Jury.
CSRA's economic growth efforts in Northwest Louisiana extend beyond the ITC to a Customer Engagement Center which recently opened in Bossier City as well. The Customer Engagement Center will create an additional 300 new jobs focusing on providing information technology support to the federal government.
Founded in November 2015, CSRA is a leading next-generation IT professional services and solutions provider for the federal government. The company has approximately 18,000 employees who support federal customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, health IT and civil markets.
Quotes about the ITC:
"I'm excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new facility in Bossier City. This marks a true milestone for our company, as the ITC was built as a next-generation IT center of excellence to further enable us to deliver a variety of cost-effective, leading-edge offerings and capabilities to solve our customers' most challenging and complex issues. This facility is a key differentiator for CSRA and helps position us as forward-thinkers and trendsetters in the federal IT industry." – Larry Prior, CSRA President and CEO
"This expansive development project is a great example of industry, government and academia working together to bring enriching, high paying job and educational learning opportunities to this community. As a Louisiana native, I'm proud to be part of an effort that gives locals who might have moved away to find a high-profile IT job a reason to come back to Bossier City, build a career and reconnect with family." – Ashley Rockett, CSRA ITC Director of Operations
"When I first came to Bossier City several years ago to break ground for this unique facility, I immediately saw the incredible growth potential and abundance of opportunity this community has to offer. I am proud of the progress we've made so far and look forward to continuing to leverage our pool of local and industry partners to drive innovation and economic growth in Bossier City." – John Dancy, CSRA Chief Information Officer
"CSRA's professional workforce will now be moving into this next-generation facility that will securely and intelligently support so many vital operations of major federal customers, and we couldn't be happier to have them in Louisiana. Our approach in Louisiana has been to build meaningful partnerships that attract the leading employers of the future in a way that grows our economy and provides our people with outstanding career opportunities. This project is a great example of that winning approach. It builds on our heritage with Barksdale Air Force Base and propels us into the future with great partnerships among state government, local government and Louisiana's higher education campuses." – The Honorable John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana
"I am proud to have CSRA as the newest tenant at Bossier City's National Cyber Research Park. I applaud them for making such a significant investment in our city that will result in hundreds of new jobs and generate further economic growth that will subsequently enhance the wonderful quality of life Bossier City has to offer." – Mayor Lorenz Walker, Mayor of Bossier City
"Our work with CSRA is monumental for Northwest Louisiana. This is a company at the forefront of cybersecurity, cloud computing and big data, and a company that's applying the best of these technologies to improve the supply chains, IT systems, logistics, and application-based services of many major federal customers. Louisiana competed for this project against more than 130 other sites in many states, and it's a testament to our government, higher education and economic development partners that we not only won, but also are succeeding in implementing a great project for our state and for Northwest Louisiana." – Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary
"Our partnership with CSRA is already having positive and sizable impacts across the region, producing a highly skilled workforce that is helping to meet the needs of CSRA while providing excellent career opportunities for our graduates here in North Louisiana. The breadth and variety of learning and career options that have emerged through this partnership have had significant impacts not just on our students and graduates, but also on the people and communities of our region." – Les Guice, Louisiana Tech University President
"CSRA is a prize you get when leaders with the ability to think outside the box come together for the good of the community and the good of our residents. A decade ago, we started looking at ways to develop the research park, and CSRA is a truly important part of this research park. The main thing here is that we are expanding and diversifying what we have for our families to take part in for years to come. We look forward to our next step, and there will be a next step for public and private opportunities to come together." – Wanda Bennett, Bossier Parish Police Jury President
About CSRA Inc. Every day CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) makes a difference in how the government serves our country and our citizens. We deliver a broad range of innovative, cloud-enabled, next-generation IT solutions and professional services to help our customers modernize their legacy systems, protect their applications, infrastructure, and assets and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mission-critical functions for our warfighters and our citizens. Our 18,000 employees understand that success is a matter of perseverance, courage, adaptability and experience. CSRA is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about CSRA, visit www.csra.com.
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