BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Louisiana State University group has been listed as a tech hub in President Joe Biden’s efforts to grow and strengthen the economy.
According to Biden and the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an LSU-led group, Gulf Louisiana Offshore Wind (GLOW) Propeller, was chosen among 31 tech hubs to update American manufacturing, create jobs and strengthen the nation’s economy and national security within 10 years.
GLOW Propeller’s goal is to re-innovate Louisiana’s economy from oil and gas to renewable energy. The EDA said GLOW Propeller will use Louisiana’s energy infrastructure, port, and shipbuilding network to make an offshore wind supply chain and create more jobs in Louisiana.
“For nearly a century, Louisiana has been at the forefront of our nation’s domestic offshore energy production,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “By helping universities, companies and technical colleges in Louisiana develop critical offshore wind technology and know-how, this program will help Louisiana stay a leader for the next century. I would like to thank the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, as well as Rep. Troy Carter, Sen. Bill Cassidy and President Biden for their support of the CHIPS and Science Act that makes this important work possible.”
The GLOW Propeller group is made up of public and private partners, as well as universities such as LSU, Southern University, Tulane University, Xavier University, Delgado Community College, Gulf Wind Technologies, Louisiana Economic Development and more.
“LSU’s Scholarship First agenda recognizes Louisiana’s pivotal role in research and talent development within the ever-evolving energy industry,” LSU President William F. Tate IV said. “This highly competitive U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration award affirms that collaborations between LSU, higher education partners and industry leaders further bolster our capacity and accelerate our novel approach to driving talent and technology advancements in emerging energy sectors.”
According to a release from the White House, tech hubs will be able to use the federal government as a resource for funding and technical assistance.