A new water and energy technology business incubator program, housed in a building nearing completion on the campus of California State University, Fresno, has been named to honor Claude Laval.

The Claude Laval Water and Energy Technology (WET) Incubator will be the new home to five start-up or early-stage businesses, specializing in water or energy technology. The developing businesses will have a wide variety of services available to them, to dramatically increase their potential for growth and success.

A 13,000-square-foot building that will house the incubator is under construction at the southwest corner of Chestnut and Barstow Avenues. It is expected to open about March 1.

The naming of the center was announced by the Central Valley Business Incubator (CVBI), which is partnering with Fresno State and its International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) on the incubator.

Laval, who chairs both the CVBI and ICWT, was cited for his years of dedication to the issues of economic development and job creation for the Central Valley.

The goal of the WET Incubator is to establish the Central Valley as a world leader in water and energy innovation, while supporting entrepreneurs and creating jobs in the regional economy. It will be the hub that combines resources of business incubation, applied higher education and an existing cluster of water technology businesses.

For more information contained in this release, please go to the following Web site(s):

International Center for Water Technology

Central Valley Business Incubator