Avondale, LA – Governor John Bel Edwards has authorized the state to move forward with the construction of Delgado Community College’s new River City Campus and the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Churchill Technology and Business Park. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) celebrated the announcement with state, regional, and local leaders at the JEDCO Conference Center on Thursday.
Upon completion of the $27 million project, the River City Campus will offer educational courses tailored to meet the region’s workforce needs. The 10.5-acre facility is designed to accommodate training programs to support commerce along the Mississippi River including transportation/logistics, marine engine, engineering, and automotive technology on the growing West Bank of Jefferson Parish.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which will be housed within the River City Campus, will focus on creating a sustainable, skilled workforce to support the industries investing in the region. Courses will focus on skills such as welding, precision machining, electrical/electronics engineering technology, electronics service technology, and industrial maintenance.
The River City Campus is the newest addition to the Churchill Technology and Business Park, a growing asset in the Fairfield area. Born out of the Jefferson EDGE, Jefferson Parish’s long-term economic development plan, the tech park offers 500 acres of land for a variety of growth opportunities. Currently anchored by the JEDCO Administrative Complex, the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, the JEDCO Conference Center, and the Business Innovation Center, Churchill Park represents the future of Jefferson Parish.
“The development of the River City Campus and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will help the Parish to achieve goals outlined in the Jefferson EDGE 2020,” said Jerry Bologna, JEDCO President & CEO. “The campus will cultivate skilled workers to meet the needs of our water-related trades, an industry cluster targeted through our long-term economic development strategic plan with the highest opportunities for growth. This campus will serve our community and our businesses very well. We look forward to working with Delgado Community College to ensure this project’s success in the future.”
“All of us at Delgado Community College are grateful to Governor Edwards and the Legislature for enabling this new educational resource to become reality here in Jefferson Parish,” said Joan Y. Davis, Chancellor of Delgado Community College. “As a result of their actions, the workforce of our region will be better prepared for jobs in key industry sectors. Everyone living in the region will feel the positive effects of the economic activity that will be based on the knowledge and skills of workers educated here at Delgado’s River City Campus.”