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$1.5 Million Grant Helps Create Access Road From IBM To CenturyLink

North Louisiana Economic Partnership
An artist's rendring of the planned 88-acre mixed-use deveopment.

A $1.5 million dollar grant will help connect CenturyLink and IBM in Monroe. 

The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the City of Monroe with a grant that’s anticipated to stimulate $20 million in economic development.

EDA will fund $1.5 million of a project to expand Venable Lane from U.S. 165 to the new access road linking CenturyLink Village and the IBM building. The project will account for 174 jobs, including 80 new jobs, and an expected $20 million impact on local economic development, according to grantee estimates. The total cost of the project is $2,368,492.

Congressman Ralph Abraham says," Interstate 20 is quickly becoming a new cyber corridor in the United States, with CenturyLink and IBM leading the way. This project will result in more economic growth with new commercial and industrial development in Northeast Louisiana. But best of all - we can expect more high-paying jobs to come to Monroe. I commend EDA for awarding this grant and for the local stakeholders who worked with us to make it a reality."

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based on the application’s merit, eligibility and availability of funds.