The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission officially opened the JEDCO Conference Center on Thursday at the Churchill Business and Technology Park on the parish’s West Bank.

The 8,000-square-foot center can seat up to 150 people, with a large, reconfigurable main hall and breakout rooms for seminars, corporate retreats and training and recruitment events.

The conference center is ultimately intended to be used primarily by future tenants at the still mostly undeveloped 500-acre business and technology park between the TPC Louisiana golf course and Bayou Segnette State Park.

But JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna said the center should be an immediate a draw for the business community on both banks of the Mississippi River.

He said that while NOLA Motorsports Park and the Alario Center have rental space, “really, the West Bank does not have a facility of this kind, particularly this part of the West Bank. This is really designed with the business (community) in mind.”

Scott Rojas, director of facilities, said the center’s technological capabilities, which include wireless and wired Internet service, projection screens and smart televisions throughout, could help the center tap into the needs of the film and television production industry.

The center also includes a kitchen for catered events and 10 James Michalopoulos artworks donated by the artist and Henry and Pat Shane and Jack and Gerri Stumpf.

Churchill Business Park consists of JEDCO’s administrative offices, which opened in 2006, its Business Innovation Center and the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, a regional magnet school.

Delgado Community College recently announced plans to build its River City Campus there.

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