Abraham announces $400,000 for CenLa innovation center
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today the Economic Development Agency will award a $400,000 grant aimed at creating jobs, developing entrepreneurs and growing small businesses in Central Louisiana.
The grant was awarded to the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) to develop the Center for Innovation and Prosperity. It is expected to create 250 jobs and cultivate $500,000 in private investment.
The center will offer day-to-day job and entrepreneur skills development, advance growth of small business and innovation in globally competitive environments, and benefit from public and private partnerships. It will be located in downtown Alexandria.
"Centers like these are great places to help small businesses get started and grow so they can hire more people. I appreciate the EDA's investment in Central Louisiana, and I can't wait to see all the good things that this center will produce," Dr. Abraham said.