Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District

Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District Regional economic development agency (public sector) serving Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn.
Established in 1967 by local governments, chartered Federally in 1968, and Legislatively enacted as the 6th State Planning District.
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01/31/2020

Thank you, APD!

Parliament Court saw the unexpected this evening — and your prompt and professional presence!

01/28/2020

BOYCE, LA

The Town of Boyce Louisiana is seeking to fill the position of Town Clerk. All interested persons need to submit a completed application and or/resume to the Boyce Town Hall located at 7050 Hwy 1, BOYCE,La

Qualifications; Applicant must be experienced in QuickBooks, Excel, Microsoft Office, Payroll,Accounts Payable, Collections, Filing, Tax Redemptions, Office Management Skills.

Benefits: 401K, Hospitalization,Dental, Vision, Paid Vacations, and Holidays.

Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall and returned to the Town Hall no later than February 7th,2020.

Contact us at 318-487-5454 if we can provide/send your disaster-impacted business this checklist. Also, it can be found ...
12/17/2019

Contact us at 318-487-5454 if we can provide/send your disaster-impacted business this checklist.

Also, it can be found within our website at: https://kdregion.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/kd-business-recovery-checklist-general-guidance.pdf

12/17/2019

Our hearts go out to the businesses and families impacted in the region. Relieved that so many have remained safe.

11/06/2019
11/06/2019
Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District's cover photo
11/06/2019

Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District's cover photo

10/26/2019

SAVE the DATE
November 19th
Annual Meeting

Congrats, Concordia Parish!
10/23/2019

Congrats, Concordia Parish!

10/22/2019

KD will be working in conjunction with the Rapides Area Planning Commission as an applicant under the Louisiana Watershed Initiative's Regional Capacity Building Program to serve provisional watershed area 2. Our formal application will be submitted in December.

We are considering dates for a late November "conversation" with all of the Provisional Watershed Area 2 municipalities, police juries, or others such as Police Jury Secretaries and Permitting or Flood Plain professionals, parish homeland security professionals, mayors/clerks, and/or levee boards, engineers or others who may have questions. We intend for this to be conversational and to proceed inclusively. Please contact Cheri Soileau at our office 318-487-5454 with any questions in the interim.

HEY CENLA! We are looking for a VISTA now -- to start in January 2020! Are you exploring your career options? Looking to...
10/08/2019

HEY CENLA! We are looking for a VISTA now -- to start in January 2020! Are you exploring your career options? Looking to give back to your community? Wanting to be "more local" than the Peace Corps? Full of creativity and the passion to make a difference?

Listed as "Community Coordinator" for Central Louisiana, positioned in Alexandria, LA with the AmeriCorps program; so apply as directed online. Applications evaluated on a rolling basis.

Please feel free to reach out directly to the program contact listed (Samuel "Quint" Carriere -- 318-487-5454) with additional questions.

Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District is responsible for public economic development throughout the parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn. Efforts focus on building capacity for the predominately rural region’s villages, towns, and parishes. This VISTA will assist in gathering information, completing capacity inventories, mapping assets -- with special emphasis on infrastructure, including water and wastewater, to begin identifying needs, opportunities, priorities, and profiles/frameworks for building the economic health of the region.

This project is sponsored by the Austin Regional Office (AURO) of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be directly supervised by staff of the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District.

AMERICORPS Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Training, Health Coverage*,Childcare assistance if eligible , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living Allowance. For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

This position permits attendance at school during off hours, or working at another job during off hours. Best for applicant with car/availability to travel locally.

Service Areas: Education , Entrepreneur/Business , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Environment .

Skills: Business/Entrepreneur , Leadership , Communications , Community Organization , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Computers/Technology , Team Work , Education .

Summary
Program Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Program: (Alexandria) Community Coordinator- Central Louisiana
Program Start/End Date 01/21/2020 - 01/19/2021
Work Schedule Full Time
Education level: Associates degree (AA) or higher preferred
Age Requirement: minimum 18, maximum NA
Program Locations LOUISIANA
Languages: English

Accepting Applications From 09/09/2019 To 12/13/2019

Contact Samuel Carriere
3516 Parliament Ct
Alexandria LA 71303
318-487-5454
[email protected]

Listing ID 91683

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=91683&fromSearch=true

Thank you, Leo and Catahoula News Booster, for streaming the Catahoula Parish Police Jury meeting tonight as Kisatchie D...
09/24/2019

Thank you, Leo and Catahoula News Booster, for streaming the Catahoula Parish Police Jury meeting tonight as Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District and Rapides Area Planning Commission discussed Regional Capacity Building for provisional watershed area 2 under the Louisiana Watershed Initiative!

P&G is a tremendous community partner with regional influence. We applaud their milestone and thank them for their commi...
08/20/2019
'Icon' Procter & Gamble celebrates 50 years in Cenla

P&G is a tremendous community partner with regional influence. We applaud their milestone and thank them for their commitments, investments, and partnership — and especially for their ongoing presence and engagement in central Louisiana! It has been a pleasure for our organization, communities, and region to work with them all these years!

Ripple effects from one of area's largest employers 'felt all over'

07/13/2019
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Biz recovery info...

Small Business Disaster Recovery Guide from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/sites/default/files/media-uploads/USCCF_SBDR_QuickGuide_v5.pdf

Rapides Parish...
07/13/2019

Rapides Parish...

TROPICAL STORM BARRY update from Rapides Parish Office of Homeland Security-Emergency Preparedness (includes list of parish sandbag locations).

UPDATED to include that Rapides shelters are on standby and ready to be opened for those fleeing the coast and local residents. The office recommends that people living in mobile homes make arrangements with family or friends for alternate shelter in case of heavy winds. People who do not have this option are advised to call 211 for information on their nearest shelters.

Thanks for the updates!
07/13/2019

Thanks for the updates!

Thanks for the updates!
07/13/2019

Thanks for the updates!

Below is the latest on Tropical Storm Barry from NWS-Shreveport as of 1:00 p.m.:

Timing and Overview:
Tropical Storm Barry will continue to slowly move northward tonight through Sunday night, bringing flooding rains, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes to our Louisiana parishes and some of our southern Arkansas counties.

Impacts:

Flash Flooding: Likely across North Central and Northeast Louisiana and southern Arkansas, primarily during Sunday/Sunday night.

Strong Winds: Sustained winds at 30-40 mph with gusts to 50 mph will bring limbs down on powerlines, and uprooting of trees will become increasingly likely as soils become saturated.

Isolated Tornadoes: Cannot be ruled out; very localized impacts.

Be safe, y’all!
07/13/2019

Be safe, y’all!

Here are the latest statistics on Barry. It is nearing hurricane strength, but that doesn’t really matter. At this point, it’s just a 5 mph difference in wind. The center is still kind of wobbling near the coast, and should make landfall fairly soon.

LOCATION...29.3N 91.9W
ABOUT 50 MI...80 KM WSW OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 60 MI...95 KM S OF LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...115 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB...29.26 INCHES

The forecast track has once again shifted west, and is now just west of Alexandria. The model consensus is still west of this forecast, and I expect the forecast track to shift a bit west again at 10:00 AM. That means an increased flooding threat here in Rapides Parish, and all areas east of the track, and I’ve bumped rain totals and wind gusts slightly in some Parishes to reflect this.

As I’ve said since I started putting these numbers out, there is a huge spread in the potential rainfall accumulation across a small distance. Models continue to insist on a 20+ inch bullseye, but it’s impossible to say exactly where this will happen. I didn’t want to put 3-25 inches in every Parish, because that doesn’t communicate things well, but I do believe there will be a stripe or two of 15-25 inches of rain in our area. That’s due to the incredible amount of moisture near and southeast of this system, and the very slow forecast motion of the storm. Remember, once the center passes, you could still see very heavy rain. The major flood in Gustav came more than a day after the center passed. The center of circulation will take almost two days to go from where it is now to southern Arkansas. That means lots of rain for most of the area, and huge flooding potential in some spots. I’ll have to narrow this threat down when we see where the dominant band sets up, but you need to be prepared as best you can across the entire area.

Wind will cause at least scattered power outages, as we will probably see a full 24 hours of gusts occasionally exceeding 40 mph in many areas, with peak gusts a good bit higher. Lots of limbs will come down, and some trees could fall in stronger storms. There’s also a threat for isolated tornadoes.

It looks like scattered showers will start later this morning, but the heavy rain won’t really crank up until after 3:00 PM in our southern Parishes, after 7:00 PM around Alexandria, and possibly after midnight in our northwest Parishes. So don’t let your guard down if the sun is going down and things have really gotten going. The worst of the wind will be overnight, and early tomorrow, and this whole mess should start to lift out sometime Monday. I’ll be in nowcasting mode for the most part now, which basically means I’ll be highlighting features of note, like warnings, and where the major flood threats are setting up. Stay safe!

Rapides - 45-60 mph gusts, 5-15 inches of rain.

Vernon - 30-50 mph wind gusts, 2-9 inches of rain.

Avoyelles - 45-60 mph wind gusts, 6-15 inches of rain.

Grant - 40-55 mph wind gusts, 4-12 inches of rain.

Sabine - 25-45 mph wind gusts, 1-7 inches of rain.

Natchitoches - 30-50 mph wind gusts, 2-10 inches of rain.

Winn - 30-50 mph wind gusts, 4-11 inches of rain.

LaSalle 35-55 mph wind gusts, 5-12 inches of rain.

Catahoula 35-55 mph wind gusts, 5-13 inches of rain.

Concordia 35-55 mph wind gusts, 6-14 inches of rain.

Beauregard 35-55 mph wind gusts, 2-9 inches of rain.

Allen 40-60 mph wind gusts, 3-11 inches of rain.

Evangeline 45-65 mph wind gusts, 5-15 inches of rain.

St. Landry 50-75 mph wind gusts, 7-16 inches of rain.

07/13/2019
US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

Thanks for the updates!

Here is the 2:00 PM update on now downgraded Tropical Storm Barry. Maximum sustained winds have now decreased to near 70 MPH as Barry has made landfall near Intracoastal City and is beginning to move inland.

NWS Lake Charles will host a Facebook Live briefing at 4:45 PM this afternoon to provide the latest on the track of Barry and the expected impacts through the rest of the weekend. See you then.

~ Donald

Thanks, Ellis (and Catahoula News Booster) for keeping us all updated!
07/13/2019

Thanks, Ellis (and Catahoula News Booster) for keeping us all updated!

*Homeland Security Update*
This the latest information from the NWS in Jackson concerning Hurricane Barry.
The projected storm path has shifted more to the west, in which means that we can receive more wind (30-40 MPG with gust up to 50+ MPG) and rain of 3-6+ inches)since we will be on the eastern side of the storm.
As it looks now, we will start getting affects of the storm about dark tonight and run until Sunday or Monday.
It will depend how fast the storm moves north will determine how much rain and wind we will get.
There will be possible power outages, possible localized flooding, and affects from high winds.
I highly recommend residents to stay off the roadways, since the weather will be worse tonight and visibility will be limited until the storm has passed and safe to travel.
If anyone has any questions,fell free to call me.
Thanks,

Ellis Boothe, LEM
Parish Director Catahoula Parish OHSEP
P O Box 258

Businesses and Barry...
07/13/2019
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Businesses and Barry...

There is still time to prepare for #TropicalStormBarry. Read our six business preparedness tips below and call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP to get support.

DRA’s (and ARC’s) workforce opportunity for rural communities...Workshop today on developing the ask/solution... advanci...
06/06/2019

DRA’s (and ARC’s) workforce opportunity for rural communities...Workshop today on developing the ask/solution... advancing apprenticeship and workforce fit...

Small businesses, check this out!
04/09/2019
Mybaseguide

Small businesses, check this out!

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Closed roads and info for safe travel...
02/27/2019
Dewey W. Wills | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Closed roads and info for safe travel...

Dewey W. Wills WMA is managed to provide wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The area is flat, poorly drained land that is subject to annual overflow and is interlaced with a number of bayous and lakes. The forest cover is a mixture of bottomland hardwoods. The major overstory species are overc...

Wishing all a Happy New Year... and that we have amazing new opportunities to embrace throughout our region!
01/01/2019

Wishing all a Happy New Year... and that we have amazing new opportunities to embrace throughout our region!

As we break for the holidays, I am taking a moment to brag on the staff... They manage immense details amongst many ‘bal...
12/22/2018

As we break for the holidays, I am taking a moment to brag on the staff... They manage immense details amongst many ‘balls in the air’ and somehow manage to adapt, and blend, and push and pull toward the same direction and collectively make a difference in our region, one business or one community or government or non-profit at a time. I am grateful for their tremendous efforts and blessed by their enthusiasm and commitment... — and just, plain lucky. Thank you, Virginia, Shelia, Quint, Drew, and Jerry... May your Christmas be merry, holidays be full of love and laughter, and spirits and energies be recharged. You are so appreciated.

So proud of our team!
12/01/2018

So proud of our team!

>$675,000 in loans disbursed today!!! I love passing out $$$$$$$$
11/30/2018

>$675,000 in loans disbursed today!!! I love passing out $$$$$$$$

We honor Veterans. These reminders are important... they mark paths that have protected our freedoms and allowed our cou...
11/12/2018

We honor Veterans. These reminders are important... they mark paths that have protected our freedoms and allowed our country to evolve. Being in public service (from the very much civilian 'side'), these reminders inspire us to do more, be better, go the extra mile...particularly as our sacrifices pale in comparison to those who gave all. We are so very lucky to have had heroes walk before us.

Armistice Day or Veterans Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. An American artillery gun from the 11th Field Artillery Regiment named "Calamity Jane" fired a single shot at this time, known as the closing shot of the war. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.[1]

Love seeing the locals!
11/08/2018

Love seeing the locals!

Every week we have two fantastic farmer's markets in LaSalle Parish!!

Come out to the Olla Town Square Market on Tuesdays and the Jena Third Street Farmers Market on Thursdays!!

Eat local, eat fresh!!

#farmersmarket #healthylasalle #olla #jena #lasalleparish #healthyeating

Love seeing communities at work! Great job, Marksville!
11/08/2018

Love seeing communities at work! Great job, Marksville!

CAUGHT IN THE ACT...of making our City of Marksville beautiful! These hardworking ladies of the MARKSVILLE GARDEN CLUB are shown here at the Broken Wheel monument that welcomes visitors to our fine city. The Chamber would like to extend HEARTFELT THANKS to the Marksville Garden Club for their tireless efforts in maintaining and promoting beautification in our community. Special Thanks also to the City of Marksville, Dr. Donna Breen Medical Spa, Mr. Brent Scallan and Mr. Rene Borrel for all of their help with the monument.

PICTURED L-R: Mrs. Laura Dauzat, Mrs. Jan Judice Lemoine, Mrs. Joann Forbes, Mrs. Danelle Dew Lamartiniere, Mrs. Libby Dupuy and Mrs. Beverly Williams Dupont

Address

3516 Parliament Ct
Alexandria, LA
71303-3135

Appointments are encouraged, as we work throughout and in the 8 parishes of this central Louisiana region.

General information

Legislatively enacted, Federally chartered, locally organized by central Louisiana region

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(318) 487-5454

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Established in 1967 so central Louisiana communities can collaborate on issues, act on opportunity, and create a plan for the region’s economic development. Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District is legislatively enacted, federally chartered, and locally organized. Our role is building capacity for community-based economic development -- to sustain, to compete, to diversify, and to grow. We approach this by addressing foundations for small business development, helping to identify and implement solutions, and connecting communities to resources and opportunities.

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