Governor Commits $10 Million to Louisiana Tech Research Institute

Posted: Nov 13, 2019, 4:25 PM

A $10 million commitment from the state’s capital outlay funds will help build a state-of-the-art Louisiana Tech Research Institute on the grounds of the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City.

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined local, state and federal officials at the Cyber Innovation Center on Veterans’ Day (Monday) to announce the commitment.

Edwards said the days of north Louisiana’s best and brightest having to leave the area for knowledge-based career opportunities “are over.”

“The new LTRI facility gives us a tremendous competitive advantage to attract the best and brightest and keep them right here in north Louisiana,” he said. “The I-20 Cyber Corridor is booming and everyone from the private sector to the Department of Defense is taking notice.”

Officials say the LTRI facility will provide a specially designed collaborative space enabling Louisiana Tech University, other major national universities, national labs, and the defense industry to collaborate in advancing national security education, training, research and innovation in support of U.S. Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) and other defense organizations.

“LTRI, along with Cyber Innovation Center, will provide our region and our state with the next step in growing our knowledge-based economy supporting Air Force Global Strike and other government agencies in national security results,” said Craig Spohn, Executive Director of Cyber Innovation Center. “Our vision from a decade ago is becoming more and more of a reality with each building.”

“There is a great need to have highly qualified experts in Bossier City who are committed to advancement of the community and continue to build the knowledge base that is so crucial to the growth of this sector,” said Louisiana Tech University President Dr. Les Guice.

Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow (Ret.), a 30-year Air Force veteran, has been named the LTRI’s executive director. Dr. Guice noted that he has already made progress in recruiting new talent to the community.

“The City of Bossier City is proud of its investment, along with that of Bossier Parish and the state of Louisiana, in the National Cyber Research Park. The Louisiana Tech Research Institute will be the fourth facility built in the last decade and, like its predecessors, will bring more opportunity for economic diversification and career choices for our city, our region, and our state,” said Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker.