Delgado Community College and the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) celebrated the groundbreaking of Delgado’s new River City site and the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Churchill Technology and Business Park on Friday.
Upon completion of the $27 million project, the River City site 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 site, 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 Delgado River City site 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 partnerships that created this opportunity to locate our new facilities in this fast-growing area of Jefferson Parish are immensely valuable to Delgado Community College, and we appreciate the hard work of everyone who is helping to bring these plans to fruition. Through cooperation and teamwork, a brighter future is ahead for all,” said Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis.
“This is an exciting day for JEDCO and the Churchill Technology and Business Park. The decision by Delgado to locate its River City site and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the tech park is a testament to the potential of this area,” said JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna. “Not only will the new campus increase traffic to Fairfield, but we also anticipate that this project will enhance Churchill Park’s attractiveness to businesses because of the collaborative and educational opportunities available through Delgado and the Patrick F. Taylor school. This campus will be a catalyst for future development in the park. We look forward to working with Delgado Community College to ensure this project’s success in the future.”The new campus is expected to open in the spring of 2017.