Police jury seeks bids for SEED business center

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -It's been a long time coming but Calcasieu Police Jurors have now officially authorized their administrator to seek bids for the SEED center-- that's the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center project.

George Swift with the Alliance for Economic Development says it's going to be of tremendous benefit to the area.  "We have great industry here. Aviation, gaming, petrochemical, but we need to diversify and one of the ways that we can do this is by growing businesses. Depending on how much space a company needs we can probably accommodate 32 to 34 start up businesses. They will receive counseling from the McNeese Small Business Development Center and other mentors."

The architect was here to describe all the facets of the project and how they'll be used by business and McNeese State University. And all here considered their action perfect timing on this the first day of Robert Hebert's retirement. Jurors recognized the McNeese University president for four decades of service 23 of which were as president.  Hebert told them, "Thank you very much. I'm very grateful and very honored."

Jurors say his contributions will be felt for many years to come. Hal McMillin said, "I want to congratulate you for what you've done in helping to bring the SEED Center to fruition with McNeese, the City of Lake Charles, the Chamber as well as the parish, It's going to be an asset, a legacy that you're leaving behind that this parish that's going to be a truly great thing for all of us as we have these incubators that start these new businesses throughout our parish."

The center will be off Ryan across from the university.

Also tonight jurors accepted the low bid of Louisiana Radio Communications to create a secure wi-fi environment for use by the Calcasieu Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Public Agencies. The $400,000 to pay for it comes from a federal grant to encourage rural areas to use emerging technology.

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