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'Transformative impact,' Gov. Edwards tours CLTCC campus in campaign stop

Gov. John Bel Edwards tours CLTCC campus | Photo Credit: KALB
Gov. John Bel Edwards tours CLTCC campus | Photo Credit: KALB(KALB)
Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 5:53 PM CDT
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Governor John Bel Edwards made a campaign stop in Alexandria Tuesday. The governor seeking reelection in October toured the construction site for the downtown Central Louisiana Technical Community College campus.

The governor and local politicians getting an inside look at the bones of the nearly $23 million downtown CLTCC campus. With enrollment up for several years, school officials hope this project ramps up the numbers even more, but it's also about ramping up the downtown economy.

"This is going to attract so many people to downtown Alexandria I think it's going to have a transformative impact on the city itself," said Gov. Edwards.

"Real big philosophy. I can't quantify it right now but certainly 500 students a day," said Mayor Jeff Hall, City of Alexandria.

Since the project's inception, officials have been banking on this project expanding Cenla's workforce.

"A big opportunity for Central Louisiana to make sure we can continue to attract the investment that's necessary for opportunity," said Gov. Edwards.

CLTCC’s chancellor, Jimmy Sawtelle, said the riverside campus is ahead of schedule by six months, which means the main campus on Murray St. and the riverside campus will be open in the fall semester.