U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $3.9 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Southwest Louisiana
December 28, 2009
Contact: Lindsey Pangretic, (202) 482-4085
EDA Grant Expected to Create 302 Jobs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $3.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to McNeese State University of Lake Charles, La., to help build the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial Economic Development Center, a business incubator and business support services facility. The project is expected to create 302 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
"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."
The Department of Commerce is a voice for Main Street businesses that works to grow local economies by fostering innovation and opening markets to U.S. products and services. Locke is a member of President Barack Obama's economic team.
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.
Additional information on how EDA investments are helping distressed communities create a positive and sustainable economic future can be accessed at: http://www.eda.gov.