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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The new Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center, housed at McNeese State University, officially opened Friday.

The SEED Center was created through a partnership between McNeese, the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and City of Lake Charles to promote the growth of economic development for Southwest Louisiana.

"The SEED Center will prepare our customers to become successful sustainable businesses by providing quality facilities, training and counseling. The Business Incubator Center supports young companies during their first years of business, which is the most vulnerable period of development. It is a place where you can learn how to do business while you conduct business," according to the SWLA Economic Development Alliance's website.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Gov. Bobby Jindal, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Shannon Spell, Chamber SWLA Chair Ben Bourgeois and George Swift, President/CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, spoke at the opening ceremony.

According to state officials, the total cost of the new SEED Center is $13 million. The state allocated $7 million in Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the new SEED Center's infrastructure needs such as sewer and water drainage, streets and parking areas.

To complete the project, the CDBG funds were combined with $4 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce/Economic Development Association, $1 million from the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, $500,000 from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and $500,000 from the City of Lake Charles.

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