McNeese gets economic development grant

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

The Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Commerce Department, has awarded McNeese State University a $102,590

grant to help fund the school’s EDA University Center.

Janet Woolman, executive director of economic development, said this was the second year McNeese received funds from EDA.

The funding is part of a five-year grant the university was awarded in 2013.

She said McNeese was one of 19 universities awarded the grant through a national competition to advance and strengthen regional

economies.

“EDA’s investment is an opportunity to grow the innovation infrastructure in Southwest Louisiana through training, technical

assistance, applied research and workforce education,” Woolman said in a statement.

She said McNeese works with businesses

and industries to find opportunities to support the resources and

expertise within

the university. Most recently, she said, the University Center

developed a software program that identifies faculty expertise

and intellectual capital as a resource for business and industry.

The University Center also works with McNeese’s Institute for Industry Education Collaboration and the Innovation Center to

address regional workforce needs, Woolman said.

“McNeese not only provides an educated

workforce, but also offers professional and customized workforce

training programs,

conducts applied research to solve local problems, and generates

and sustains regional economic growth and prosperity,” she

said.