Baton Rouge Health District gets first federal grant 

    The Baton Rouge Health District recently received its first federal grant award, funded by the Economic Development Administration’s Venture Challenge Build to Scale Program. 

    The award will establish a $1.2 million dollar regional health care technology innovation program supported by nearly $600,000 in EDA grant funding and equal matching support provided by grant partners Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and the Baton Rouge Health District.

    “Our first federal grant is a major milestone for our organization and a testament to the quality and national competitiveness of our work,” says Steven Ceulemans, executive director of the health district in a prepared statement. “The award provides important new resources to promote and implement our regional health care excellence agenda and it enhances the strong working relationship with our grant partners Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.”

    According to today’s national announcement, the EDA’s Build to Scale Program will support the efforts of 52 organizations in 36 states, which will receive grants totaling $35 million to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth, and increased access to risk capital across regional economies. See the EDA’s announcement here.