路易斯安那州的软件开发行业正在蓬勃发展. With the nation’s strongest, most comprehensive incentive for the industry, 高等教育的战略投资以及从州到地方的协调, 路易斯安那州为软件开发公司提供了竞争优势.
通过一种综合的方法，国家已经帮助了软件和技术公司 CSRA, CenturyLink, EA, IBM, CGI, Waitr, DXC Technology and more to:
Open new development centers
Expand new divisions
Consolidate testing facilities
Relocate central operations
Louisiana’s High-Tech Talent
通过现有的劳动力和对高等教育项目的战略投资, Louisiana is on the path to becoming one of the top states in computer science graduate production.
Technology companies in Louisiana have ready access to a skilled workforce that includes over 23,000 informational technology professionals. 软件和数字媒体集群正在巴吞鲁日州周围兴起, New Orleans, Lafayette and Shreveport, 支持路易斯安那州科技生态系统的愿景.
Louisiana is committed to rapidly growing its current and future software workforce through investments totaling more than $38 million in the computer science and engineering departments of higher education institutions across the state, including Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech University, 路易斯安那社区和技术学院系统. 这些投资是与该州的项目公告一起进行的 CGI, CSRA, IBM and CenturyLink.
As part of the IBM project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana committed to invest $14 million over 10 years in computer science programs — with at least 65 percent of those funds dedicated to the LSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This funding will enable LSU to double its computer science faculty and triple the number of annual computer science graduates within five years. For IBM, this partnership allows for input on university curricula and delivers the talent pipeline to meet the workforce needs of IBM and others.
“在任何这样的决定中，都有无数的因素影响着这个决定. But for us it ultimately came down to the strength of the technology skills pipeline — the sheer potential of the people in Louisiana — and the quality of the partnership we’re building with the public sector on multiple levels — the state, Baton Rouge and the university system.”
LED FastStart, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, provides customized services for software development companies locating or expanding in the state – all at no cost to the company.
With only one goal, client satisfaction, FastStart partners with each company’s subject matter experts to analyze and study their unique workforce requirements. After determining the competencies that match the cultural and technical abilities that define the most successful employee, the FastStart team employs both traditional and innovative methods to recruit talent to meet each company’s specific requirements.
FastStart also assisted IBM with recruiting, 包括路易斯安那州内外的招聘会, as well as through online advertising. By September 2013, IBM had hired more than 100 employees — a milestone the company was not scheduled to reach until June 2014.
“The people here have an amazing energy and friendly way that can only be understood when you visit. We’re proud to be part of the first wave of companies that will help establish Louisiana as the next major high-tech center.”
路易斯安那州对软件开发有着全国最强、最全面的激励. Companies starting up, expanding or relocating in the state can receive a 25 percent refundable tax credit for payroll expenditures and an 18 percent refundable tax credit for qualified production expenditures.
这种法定的软件开发激励的力量在其范围内是显而易见的. Louisiana’s incentive is the only program in the nation dedicated wholly to software development, 没有行业或特定内容的限制.
企业解决方案:crm, MISs, ERP/ERMs, HRMs, CMs
Analytics: BI, Big Data Tools
Services: SaaS, PaaS, ITaaS, BaaS
Gaming: Gaming across all platforms
Embedded: Firmware and systems software
Unlike cumbersome programs in other locations, Louisiana’s incentive is versatile, 使软件开发公司能够利用它来满足他们的特定需求.
Ease: The incentive application process is straightforward and clean.
Transparency: Every company receives a master qualification certificate that serves as the comprehensive incentive summary.
Scalability: There are no minimums or caps, 随着新员工和新项目的增加，激励也在增加.
In addition, Louisiana also offers the Quality Jobs program, 它为新员工提供高达6%的年度总工资现金回扣, direct jobs for up to 10 years.
Flexible Incentive Packages Meet Project Needs
LED’s project teams will work with you to develop a customized incentive package to fit your project’s specific needs.
Global Delivery/Services Center: The Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive provides global delivery and services centers with significant, 持续节省工资和生产成本. Through the state’s scalable incentives, 路易斯安那州的一个中心提供了更高的利润, 更低的风险和持续的竞争优势. Additionally, this incentive can be stacked with the Quality Jobs program providing flexibility in the composition of the center. 这种成本效益与在路易斯安那州开展业务的低成本相结合. With the services of LED FastStart and the state’s considerable investments into computer science and engineering, 公司可以在路易斯安那州找到当前和未来强大的劳动力解决方案.
测试中心:测试软件对所有产品和部门都至关重要. The Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive applies to all forms of software testing, meaning an organization can see significant cost savings by locating its testing resources in Louisiana. 作为一个不断发展的软件开发中心，吸引了像CenturyLink这样的公司, Louisiana is an ideal location for companies looking to significantly reduce cost while maintaining the high standards necessary to conduct software testing. 路易斯安那州与大学的合作意味着可以获得熟练的劳动力.
专用软件开发中心:用于完全专用于软件开发的中心, Louisiana’s software incentive and the services of LED FastStart can significantly reduce costs. The Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive will provide a payroll rebate on project managers, quality assurance, engineers, programmers, designers, composers, artists and more. 可以选择在一年中的任何时候获得85%的收入作为回扣, 这种激励还提供了一种可获得的现金流机制. 25%的生产费用回扣不仅适用于生产设备, but also facility rental fees and permits. 随着国家对高等教育的投资和LED快速启动的招聘服务, 开发中心还将有机会获得训练有素的劳动力.
A Hub for Software Innovation and Growth
路易斯安那州竞争优势的核心是其商业环境的优势. 近年来，国家实施了改革，以创造一种氛围 Forbes 杂志称其为“美国商业机会的新前沿”.” Louisiana now ranks in the Top 10 states in the country for business climate according to several national publications including Area Development and Site Selection magazines.
Louisiana Offers Competitive Business Taxes
路易斯安那州的低税收环境为企业运营节省了大量成本. According to a recent 50-state analysis by the Tax Foundation and KPMG: Location Matters: The State Tax Costs of Doing Business, 路易斯安那州的税负在新建设施方面位列全美最低的10个州之列, relocations, 以及各种类型公司的设施扩建, including:
research and development facilities
Louisiana’s business climate, coupled with one of the country’s most vibrant, 独特而保存完好的文化使该州成为一个令人兴奋的居住地, play and work.
Live, Play and Work in Louisiana
路易斯安那州受历史影响，生活品质丰富, 温和的气候和多样的自然环境适合全年户外活动. Its steady line-up of festivals, cultural events, world-class food, music and art, 也使它成为一个有趣的地方居住和接待游客.
路易斯安那州居民的生活成本也很低, 根据ACCRA生活成本指数，平均比全国平均水平低5%. Housing and utility costs are traditionally the lowest cost categories for Louisiana residents relative to the national average, with Louisiana housing averages nearly 6 percent below the national average and residential utilities almost 14 percent below the U.S. average.
We see potential for meaningful and valued long-term relationships with higher education institutions in the state to enhance software engineering programs for students. 新奥尔良的机会真是难以置信.”