VIDALIA, La. (AP) — The city of Vidalia is applying for a grant through federal economic development agencies in hopes of establishing its planned 6,000-square foot technology and business center by the fall of 2014.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said the center will cost approximately $1.2 million.

Copeland said it will be at the site of Vidalia's former City Hall building, which will be torn down to accommodate the new construction.

Copeland's statements followed an announcement from Sen. Mary Landrieu's office that the city would partner with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to open a satellite office in Vidalia. That office, to be housed at the new center, would help small startup businesses get established and grow.