Louisiana Digital Media Center dedicated

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal, joined by Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) executive Bryan Neider and LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, formally dedicated the Louisiana Digital Media Center on the LSU Main Campus.

The technology hub spans 94,000 square feet and serves as the permanent home of the EA North American Test Center, or NATC, and the LSU Center for Computation and Technology, or CCT.

In mid-2011, state, local, federal and company leaders broke ground on the $29.3 million project that fulfills a collaborative vision to house EA's commercial video game operations in the same facility with LSU's CCT high-performance computing research environment and the university's Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies And Research program, or AVATAR, which provides students a multidisciplinary digital media curriculum.

The State of Louisiana conceived and funded the Louisiana Digital Media Center in connection with its 2008 recruitment of EA to Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Digital Media Center is located between the John M. Parker Coliseum and the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center on the southeast corner of LSU's campus.

Construction of the Louisiana Digital Media Center was funded primarily by State of Louisiana capital outlay dollars. State contributions of $26.3 million were complemented by a $3 million infrastructure grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This investment is part of more than $700 million the Jindal Administration has invested since 2008 in higher education infrastructure projects across the state.

The Louisiana Digital Media Center joins a growing list of project wins signaling the expansion of Louisiana's digital media and software development sector. In addition to the EA North American Test Center, Louisiana is home to Fortune 500 telecommunications provider CenturyLink, which is completing two expansions and adding 1,150 new jobs at its Monroe, headquarters by 2016, the 300-job GE Capital IT Center of Excellence and the 150-job Gameloft digital game development studio, both in New Orleans, the 800-job IBM technology center under construction in downtown Baton Rouge with temporary IBM offices already open in the city, and the 600-job Schumacher Group expansion in Lafayette, that will boost headquarters and training facility space for the emergency medicine technology company.