Governor Jindal highlights $2 milliondollar gift from RoyOMartin - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Governor Jindal highlights two million dollar gift from RoyOMartin

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel)  – Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted a two million gift committed by RoyOMartin and the Martin family for the new Engineering Complex at LSU.

This donation will further support the $100 million public-private partnership that Governor Jindal announced last October to renovate and expand Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The partnership would create a new state-of-the-art engineering education complex.

The Jindal Administration has supported $50 million in capital outlay funding for the project, with the remaining funds covered by private donations. To date, the engineering school has already raised $30 million for the project, including the $2 million gift from RoyOMartin and the Martin family.

LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said, "We thank the Martin family for their generous commitment to the LSU College of Engineering, as well as their years of support to LSU in so many ways. Meeting the demand for high-quality engineers is a priority for our state and for LSU. This expansion will provide a first-class facility for our students and will ensure continued success."

Jindal said, "I'm proud to be back at LSU to highlight this $2 million gift from RoyOMartin and the Martin family for the new Engineering Complex. This complex will go a long way in continuing Louisiana's economic momentum and further strengthening our workforce. For more than five years, Louisiana's economy has continued to grow and we have repeatedly been ranked at the top of national rankings for business climate. These are signs of incredible progress. But, we cannot rest on our laurels. We cannot become complacent if we truly want to make Louisiana the best place in the world to raise a family and find a job. That's why we need to build on our progress and make sure Louisiana remains competitive and attractive to companies looking to invest and create jobs.  That means having a workforce with world-class skills.

Since 2008, the Jindal Administration has invested more than $700 million dollars for critical higher education infrastructure investments. This total includes more than $150 million invested at LSU and the Baton Rouge research community.

Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2014 and is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2017.  



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