BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Software development firm Rural Sourcing is opening a new center in Baton Rouge, which is expected to bring in 150 direct new jobs with average salaries of $75,000, plus benefits.
The CEO of the company says this is exactly the kind of opportunity folks in Baton Rouge need.
“What we want to make sure is we have a diverse group of software development folks,” said Rural Sourcing CEO Monty Hamilton. “We chose Louisiana, and specifically Baton Rouge, because of its broad and diverse talent pool and more than 50,000 graduating students in the region.”
For years, officials in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Baton Rouge Area Foundation have been working to increase development in downtown Baton Rouge. According to the governor’s office, Rural Sourcing will strengthen and diversify the economy.
“I am proud that digital media and software development companies continue to find a home in Louisiana. Our highly skilled workforce, competitive resources, and welcoming business climate will ensure that Rural Sourcing can hit the ground running on day one,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“We believe that by having diversity amongst our software developers that we build better software and our clients substantiate this,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton said it’s rare to find software development centers in the south. He said the company expanding to Baton Rouge stops residents from moving elsewhere.
“We want to change the idea that, ‘Oh, those tech careers are just for folks who live in certain cities of the U.S.,'” he said.
Rural Sourcing will also seek college interns in the near future.