LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial & Economic Development Center is now closer to becoming a reality. Local, state and even federal elected officials broke ground on the site at a special ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.
The $13 million facility, that will be used to start and expand small businesses in Southwest Louisiana, is backed be the City of Lake Charles, The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, and McNeese State University. Proponents of the S.E.E.D center spoke about how far the project has come from the idea stage, to now. Construction is expected to begin in November, 2010.
Senator Mary Landrieu was at the ground breaking event, and said this project is certain to help grow small business, as well as the economy in Southwest Louisiana.
"I think small businesses in America, they're challenged right now. They're looking for technical assistance, they're looking for better quality loans, and opportunities to expand. Hopefully, this center can't be built fast enough," said Senator Mary Landrieu.