McNeese State University is a valuable anchor for SWLA. The Contraband Bayou project under construction will enhance resilience and provide access to the water as the first phase of the Bayou Greenbelt. The LNG Center of Excellence, retail center renovations, new student housing, and a road diet for Common Street would have economic development benefits while enlivening the edges of the campus. A Resilience District would tie multiple projects together and target available funding.
McNeese is a regional anchor institution with the potential to grow its presence and retain students for the local job market after they graduate. McNeese State University’s Contraband Bayou project will be one of the first phases of the Bayou Greenbelt project, which will catalyze opportunities and set precedent for accessing waterways across both parishes.
The new LNG Center of Excellence will provide opportunities for both McNeese students and LNG employees to operate process equipment in a safe, controlled environment. The LNG facilities in Cameron Parish and their employees will be a direct beneficiary of this investment.