Gov. Edwards: IBM meets hiring targets

Gov. Edwards says IBM meets hiring target for Client Innovation Center

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Governor John Bel Edwards announced IBM met its hiring targets for the Client Innovation Center in Baton Rouge.

As the fiscal year turned over on June 30, the deadline for IBM to hire 225 employees in exchange for state and local tax breaks expired. The company had until Aug. 30 to report its final employment numbers to the state.

"Two years ago, we renegotiated our contract with IBM to provide time and opportunity for the company to reach its ultimate employment goal,” said Edwards. "The company has now accomplished that goal, and just as important as that achievement is the manner in which IBM has engaged with our universities, our community colleges, our high schools, and the broader community. The company has hired 600 graduates of Louisiana colleges, and these professional employees are working on the most challenging tasks of tomorrow with numerous clients, solving challenges in cybersecurity, healthcare, law enforcement, and many other critically important fields. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with IBM in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana.”

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