- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University has received a $102,590 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help lead innovation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana.

The grant funds the second year of a five-year grant awarded to McNeese last year. McNeese was one of 19 universities awarded the grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies.

Janet Woolman, executive director of economic development and the Louisiana Environmental Research Center at McNeese, says the university’s EDA center’s goal is to create an innovation economy.

A news release Monday said the center recently developed a software program that identifies faculty expertise and intellectual capital as a resource for business and industry.

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