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Louisiana Tech University receives $1.1 million EDA grant to support 'green' innovations
Date:9/30/2011

LA_i6 Proof of Concept Center to drive technology commercialization, entrepreneurship

RUSTON, La. Louisiana Tech University has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for establishing the Louisiana Tech "LA_i6" Proof of Concept Center to support and expedite the introduction of new "green" technology innovations into markets throughout the region and the nation.

LA_i6, to be operated by Louisiana Tech's Enterprise Center and housed in University Hall on the Tech campus, will partner with companies along the I-20 innovation corridor in north Louisiana, south Arkansas, west central Mississippi, and northeast Texas. Other private sector partners will come from across the country to north Louisiana to participate in the LA_i6 activities. LA_i6 will also work to amplify and promote the social, environmental, and economic impacts of green technologies produced through the center and its partners.

"The economic impacts that Louisiana Tech is making through its research and development centers continue to fuel enormous growth and new opportunities for our state," said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. "We are grateful to the EDA for their support of the LA_i6 Proof of Concept Center. Louisiana Tech's innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives are providing for a stronger and brighter future for our region, our state, and our nation."

Officials with the EDA will hold a joint press conference with administrators from Louisiana Tech on October 13 to award the grant. The event will take place at Tech Pointe at Louisiana Tech's Enterprise Campus.

Louisiana Tech's proposal was one of only six in the country to be selected for the highly-competitive i6 Green Challenge grant. The official announcement was made Thursday by senior officials with the Obama Administration during a national press conference. Partner agencies will also be awarding supplemental grants, in addition to the EDA aw
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Contact: Dave Guerin
dguerin@latech.edu
318-257-4854
Louisiana Tech University
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