Company bringing 300 high paying jobs to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three hundred high paying jobs are headed to Baton Rouge. Governor Bobby Jindal joined with other state leaders to announce the project coming to the south Chase Tower in downtown Baton Rouge.

Ameritas Technologies will open an information technology center to provide IT services. The technology center will create 300 new jobs over the next few years with an average salary of around $63,000.

"Ameritas' decision to build a new IT center in Baton Rouge is further proof that our state is becoming a beacon for the digital media and technology industries. Most importantly, today's announcement means we  are continuing to create more opportunities for our sons and daughters in Louisiana so they don't have to leave home to pursue their dreams," said Governor Jindal.

Ameritas company officials say they provide an alternative to sending IT work offshore by providing a more local approach. Ameritas will partner with local colleges and technical schools to recruit potential employees.

More jobs are expected to come after the initial 300.

The company picked Baton Rouge over several other areas. Ameritas is also looking at establishing in other states but chose Louisiana first.

To secure the project, the state offered Ameritas a performance-based grant of $125,000 per year for 10 years to offset leasing costs. Ameritas will also get other state assistance.

"Ameritas is exactly the kind of company we welcome to Baton Rouge," said Mayor-President Kip Holden.

Ameritas will begin the hiring process in September and plan to be open by October.

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