Governor Bobby Jindal joined IBM Senior Vice-President Colleen Arnold in announcing a new 400 job Application Development and Innovation Center in Monroe. IBM will partner with CenturyLink on research, development and product innovation initiatives and IBM will provide software technology services to clients across the country.

The IBM center will anchor an 88 acre mixed-use development on US Highway 165 across from CenturyLink's corporate headquarters. It's estimated that 400 direct jobs and 400 indirect jobs will be created.

The State of Louisiana will provide $4.5 in funding over 10 years for expanded higher-education programs designed to increase the number of computer science graduates in Northeast Louisiana.