Emerge Center breaks ground at LSU Innovation Park
At a ceremony this morning packed with elected officials, community leaders, LSU administrators and volunteers, the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation broke ground at the LSU Innovation Park for its new, larger facility—The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development. When completed in mid-2014, the 26,000-square-foot facility will offer clinically effective therapies to children and adults with communication difficulties throughout the Capital Region and south Louisiana, regardless of their ability to pay. While the new center will enable the foundation to double the number of children it sees in its speech and autism programs, The Emerge Center is also significant because of what it represents for LSU's Innovation Park. It is the first new building on the 200-acre, Gardere-area campus the university acquired in 2005. Innovation Park Executive Director Charlie D'Agostino predicts many others will follow. "This marks a great public-private partnership, where a private entity is working with the faculty and students at LSU in a state-of-the-art training and research center," D'Agostino says. "The Emerge Center exemplifies the vision of LSU for developing a world-class Innovation Park where the university and the private sector come together." —Stephanie Riegel
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