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|Monroe hands over $500,000 for Accent Marketing package|
Monroe city officials on Thursday presented $500,000 to northeastern Louisiana legislators.
The money represented the city's contribution toward the $3 million in incentives the state pieced together to convince Accent Marketing to open a call center here.
The legislative delegation will present the $500,000 check to Louisiana Economic Development Corp. LED spearheaded the effort to convince Accent Marketing the call center in the old State Farm office building off Interstate 20.
Monroe's contribution for the incentives package was pulled from the city's economic development fund, which includes money set aside for economic development purposes within the city.
"We are 'Monroe Proud' to utilize $500,000 in economic development funds to help secure a business, which has brought 500 new jobs to our city, parish and region," said Mayor Jamie Mayo. "We are thankful for the assistance from the governor's office, Louisiana Economic Development Corp. and all of our local partners who contributed toward this effort."
"This investment has landed us 500 jobs and an estimated annual $11.4-million boost to our local economy," Mayo added.
The city of Monroe was not the only local entity that agreed to contribute resources toward the incentive package for Accent.
The City of West Monroe, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury and the Ouachita Economic Development Land Corp. also pledged money toward the incentive package. It's unclear whether those entities have turned over their funds to the state.
Accent Marketing officially opened its 58,800-square-foot call center in December 2007, occupying a portion of the old State Farm building.
The call center provides outsourced customer care service for Boost Mobile, one of the nation's fastest growing pre-paid wireless service providers.
The Monroe center is Accent Marketing's first facility in Louisiana and its ninth customer care center domestically.