The Coastal Technical Assistance Center is a joint initiative of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) located on Nicholls State University’s campus in Thibodaux, LA. A similar assistance center called the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or PTAC and located at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, has been established to secure federal contracts. The goal of CTAC is to identify and assist Louisiana-based small businesses in obtaining government contracts for coastal restoration and protection projects at the local, state, and federal levels. CTAC will help companies acquire training, licensing and other qualifications to participate in the public bidding process for coastal recovery projects.
State Agencies Involved: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED)
Funding: LED and CPRA will provide a combined $750,000 in seed funding to establish the center. Each agency will contribute $125,000 annually for three years, beginning with the current 2020 fiscal year.