Software giant Microsoft awarded a $262,000 technology grant to the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge, officials announced Thursday.

The gift is the largest software grant received by Tech Park, 7117 Florida Blvd., since the incubator opened for business in 2001, officials added.

“Their investment in our programs will allow us to increase the array of offerings we are able to (provide) our clients and stakeholders,” said Stephen Loy, Tech Park’s executive director.

“We believe in supporting Louisiana business, and (we) understand technology is key to Louisiana’s success,” said Joseph Mitchell, Microsoft technical account manager.

Loy said Microsoft’s gift includes software and support for Louisiana Technology Park programs.

Those programs include Tech Park’s video game incubator, Level Up Lab; a separate digital media incubator; the Tech Park U accelerator program; and the Louisiana Computer Training Lab.

“We are thrilled to be torchbearers for Microsoft and its commitment to bettering communities worldwide,” Loy said. “We continue to promote new technology and tech entrepreneurs, as well as STEM education initiatives and technology-led economic development.”

STEM initiatives are those that encourage and advance education in science, technology, engineering and math.