In local development news:

LSU’s College of Engineering is spearheading an effort to get special federal recognition for south Louisiana’s chemical corridor. The program, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, designates areas eligible to compete for a portion of a $1.3 billion federal economic development fund. The program has already designated 12 IMCP communities. Those communities have since been given elevated consideration for federal grants and assistance from more than a dozen federal agencies. Twelve more communities will be selected to participate this year. According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, more than 80 local partners, including industry associations, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and companies like Turner Industries, Cajun Industries and Motiva, are backing the effort and have formed the South Louisiana Chemical Manufacturing Community Consortium.

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