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Tech giant GDI opens New Orleans office to support $136 million Navy contract


General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, officially opened its new New Orleans office Thursday at the University of New Orleans’ “The Beach” research and technology park.

The office will support 50 new jobs, and the company expects additional positions to be added as work continues on the U.S. Navy Enterprise Service Desk, a four-year, $136 million contract to modernize and consolidate services. existing IT operations. The Navy Enterprise Service Desk will be staffed in the company‘s offices in New Orleans and Bossier City, Louisiana, where teams will apply the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics predictive and natural language processing to Navy global operations.

“The opening of this mission-critical GDI facility in New Orleans is part of Louisiana’s long and storied history of supporting the U.S. military,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “The decision to locate on the University of New Orleans campus demonstrates the important role higher education partnerships play in supporting the growth of the technology sector in our state. On behalf of the State of Louisiana, congratulations to the GDIT, the UN, and the state, regional, and local partners who have worked together to make this project a reality.

Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Don Pierson joined Brian Sheridan, Senior Vice President of Defense for GDIT, and Greater New Orleans Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht for the beach at the ceremony inauguration of the United Nations.

“New Orleans has served as a strategic hub for the naval community for more than 50 years,” Sheridan said. “We see a great opportunity to continue our support of the Navy’s mission and to increase our footprint and impact in the region. Our community investment will also strengthen our partnership with the University of New Orleans to drive innovation.

With its flagship location in Bossier City, GIT’s New Orleans office is the company’s fifth in Louisiana, where it serves some of the nation’s most critical mission needs in the digital sphere. GDI’s new office is designed to foster collaboration between the company, local businesses, small businesses and academia to provide the training and education needed to support a growing IT workforce in New -Orleans. The company will provide internship opportunities and mentorship programs for students, supporting the tech talent pool.

“GDT has been a leading innovator in technology and computing for many years, and we are excited about their regional expansion to The Beach at UNO,” said UN President John Nicklow. . “UNO is committed to supporting GIT with a strong labor pool of our talented students to mentor the company’s current expansion, as well as future growth.”

“The creation of this General Dynamics office is an outstanding example of the synergy between higher education and industry in the Greater New Orleans area,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This announcement will ensure that the UN can continue to guide students into high-demand jobs while establishing a direct physical connection between the U.S. Navy and GDIT, allowing the company to grow and prosper in Louisiana. Additionally, it gives The Beach at UNO the opportunity to develop unique programming to help GIT thrive in their space.