NEW ORLEANS, LA— Excella, an agile technology company specializing in artificial intelligence and IT systems modernization, announced it will establish a talent center in New Orleans to expand its software development team for government and business clients. The company plans to create 150 direct new jobs over the next five years at an annual payroll of $21 million.
Based in Virginia, the company was founded 20 years ago with a mission to create modern, meaningful technology solutions for federal agencies, brands and non-profit organizations. Excella has grown into a 270-strong, remote-flexible company with locations in high-potential tech markets across the country.
“This is a huge win for Louisiana’s rapidly expanding technology sector,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Companies like Excella diversify the state’s economy while driving innovation and equipping our workforce with quality, high-paying jobs.”
To support tech growth in the state, Excella plans to partner with and invest in Louisiana-based organizations and events such as NOLAvate, Operation Spark and Black Tech NOLA.
“I’m excited to bring Excella to Louisiana and help build the state into the most creative tech hub in the country,” said Burton White, CEO and co-founder of Excella.
The company’s offices are located in The Shop, a coworking space in downtown New Orleans. Excella is looking for UX Designers, Software Developers, Project Managers, Agile Coaches, Data Engineers, DevOps Engineers and Business Analysts to join its local team. Find out more about job opportunities, recruitment events and news at Excella here.
“As the city’s technology economy continues to expand, the New Orleans Business Alliance is pleased to welcome Excella,” said Norman E. Barnum IV, President and CEO of NOLABA. “NOLABA looks forward to working with Excella to connect with the vast and diverse talent networks in New Orleans. The future of technology employment will continue to become more flexible, and New Orleans is poised to capitalize on this trend.”
To secure the New Orleans project, the state of Louisiana offered Excella a competitive incentive package, including a $2.7 million digital interactive media and software development tax credit. The company also expects to utilize the recruitment and custom training services of LED FastStart, Louisiana’s nationally recognized human resource development program.
“This announcement marks a homecoming for Excella co-founder Burton White, a longtime senior technology executive,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This confirms the more than 18 months that GNO, Inc. and partners have worked with Excella, and also the fact that regardless of trends in remote work, connecting a business with a strong local community remains a winning strategy.”