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Aug 9, 2014 12:18 PM by AP

Lake Charles port, US agency sign lease deal

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's field operations and Border Patrol offices have moved into a new building at the Port of Lake Charles.

The American Press reports federal officials expect the new quarter to house the agency's growing staff in southwest Louisiana.

Executive port director Bill Rase says the facility on Marine Street will be a base for extending the agency's operations into east Texas.

Rase says the agency's expansion will be of value to Lake Charles as industrial expansion continues to grow and attract workers to the region.

The port and the U.S. Government Services Administration signed a minimum 10-year lease to house the two agencies at the new facility.

GSA provides office space, transportation and communications support to government agencies.

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