McNeese to receive nearly $4 million grant

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Monday that McNeese State University would receive a $3.9 million grant to help build the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial Economic Development Center.

The center will be a business support services facility for McNeese.

According to estimates, the Economic Development Administration grant is expected to create more than 300 jobs.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "We can't rest until every American who wants a job can find one. This grant will create jobs and enhance Southwest Louisiana's regional competitiveness by building a facility that will provide a variety of services and assistance to new entrepreneurs and start-up companies."

EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster economic growth and job creation.  Its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.

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