CLEDA If you are looking for a place to start or develop your business, Central Louisiana should be at the top of your list.
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The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is an organization which consists of the economic development entities from the parishes (counties) of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. The mission of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is to help people prosper in vibrant, thriving communities. If you are looking for a place to start or develop your business, Central Louisiana should be at the top of your list. Louisiana demographics are perfect for business growth because of our diverse population and economic stability. Over a ten-year period, from 2000-2010, there was a population growth of over 9,000 persons in the CLEDA area alone.

UTLX manufacturing plants located in Alexandria, Louisiana, produce a variety of tank car types for lease or sale.With m...
01/27/2020

UTLX manufacturing plants located in Alexandria, Louisiana, produce a variety of tank car types for lease or sale.

With more than 125 years in the tank car business, they have established their place as the industry leader.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

RoyOMartin
01/26/2020

RoyOMartin

Yesterday, 15 RoyOMartin employees began their journey to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Administration from Central Louisiana Technical Community College. These team members, who will continue to work full time while pursuing their degree, are part of the first cohort of CLTCC's Corporate College. We congratulate them on taking this important step to continue their education.

At RoyOMartin, we grow trees and people. #RoyOMartinCareers

Random Cenla Fun Fact: LaSalle Parish has the highest percent of housing owners in the entire Central Louisiana region!T...
01/24/2020

Random Cenla Fun Fact: LaSalle Parish has the highest percent of housing owners in the entire Central Louisiana region!

There are 324% more households who own their homes than there are renters.

Central Louisiana is a GREAT place to expand your business!Check out available properties by clicking the link below.bit...
01/22/2020
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Central Louisiana is a GREAT place to expand your business!

Check out available properties by clicking the link below.
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Moving to Central Louisiana is a great choice for you and your family!Click the link below and use our Cost-Of-Living Ca...
01/20/2020

Moving to Central Louisiana is a great choice for you and your family!
Click the link below and use our Cost-Of-Living Calculator to see what kind of differences in expenses you might encounter.

cenla.org/jobs/regional-data-details/?did=1092

Did you know, of the 14,000 business establishments in Central Louisiana, 63% of them have 1-4 employees?Small businesse...
01/17/2020

Did you know, of the 14,000 business establishments in Central Louisiana, 63% of them have 1-4 employees?

Small businesses are the backbone of our community!

[SAVE THE DATE]Louisiana Rural Prosperity SummitAlexandria, LouisianaFebruary 19 & 20, 2020Two Days of Focus on the Spec...
01/17/2020

[SAVE THE DATE]
Louisiana Rural Prosperity Summit
Alexandria, Louisiana
February 19 & 20, 2020

Two Days of Focus on the Special Challenges/Opportunities Facing Rural Louisiana

Includes:
National Experts, Inspiring Stories
Why Rural Economic Development is Different
Breakthrough Rural Solutions

More Information to Follow!

Tickets on Sale Soon!

Connected and Hosted by CLEDA, the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
www.cenla.org

City of Pineville, La
01/15/2020

City of Pineville, La

CONGRATULATIONS to Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield, Saturday, February 15th!

https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2020/01/14/louisianas-latest-political-legends-named-for-hall-fame-induction/4464284002/

A reception and banquet are scheduled February 15th at the Louisiana Political Museum and Winnfield Civic Center, respectively. Tickets are $100 and must be bought before Feb. 1. Call 318-628-5928 or email [email protected] for ticket details.

Central Louisiana students in kindergarten through 12th grade receive their education at some of the highest-performing ...
01/15/2020

Central Louisiana students in kindergarten through 12th grade receive their education at some of the highest-performing schools in the state.

Schools in the region maintain high student achievement, ranking among the top-performing schools in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report!

Did you know the city of Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement of the Louisiana Purchase?The city was founded ...
01/13/2020

Did you know the city of Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement of the Louisiana Purchase?

The city was founded in 1714!

Alexandria’s T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum offers 7,800-square-feet of hands-on educational fun for children ages 1 t...
01/10/2020

Alexandria’s T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum offers 7,800-square-feet of hands-on educational fun for children ages 1 to 12.

The Third Street museum in the city’s downtown arts district encourages play and active learning through exhibits and festivals with themes ranging from science to Mardi Gras.

Favorite museum features include an oversized indoor playhouse, a gallery of miniature trains traveling tiny landscapes and an interactive television studio, where kids cast themselves in the role of television journalists.

Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and we want to give our thanks to those who protect our communities every sin...
01/09/2020

Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and we want to give our thanks to those who protect our communities every single day!

If you are a small business with growth potential, you may find your coach at CLEDA's Business Acceleration System (BAS)...
01/08/2020
Resolving to Be Coached

If you are a small business with growth potential, you may find your coach at CLEDA's Business Acceleration System (BAS).

The secret to sticking with your resolutions may be having a coach to help strategize and cheer you on.

01/06/2020
Stella Jones #WeMakeGoodStuff

Yep, North America's leading supplier of wood utility poles is located right here in the Heart of Louisiana.

Stella Jones is a leading producer of pressure treated wood poles for the electrical, utilities and telecommunication companies throughout North America.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

The four BASF sites in Louisiana (including Vidalia) employ nearly 2,000 employees and contractors and invest nearly $30...
01/03/2020

The four BASF sites in Louisiana (including Vidalia) employ nearly 2,000 employees and contractors and invest nearly $300 million in the state through annual payroll, purchases, taxes and charitable contributions.

BASF in Louisiana is committed to being a great place to work and an exemplary community partner.

We are so excited for AFCO Industries and their upcoming expansion here in Alexandria, LA! They have projected to start ...
01/01/2020
Alexandria plant expanding next year

We are so excited for AFCO Industries and their upcoming expansion here in Alexandria, LA! They have projected to start shipping out the fiberglass products by the beginning of March.

They are one of Alexandria’s “best kept secrets.”

One Alexandria plant is expanding next year.

CLEDA is wishing you a very Happy New Year!We are excited to see what is in store for this community in 2020.
12/31/2019

CLEDA is wishing you a very Happy New Year!

We are excited to see what is in store for this community in 2020.

Central Louisiana has a labor force of over 148,000 people!Production workers make up 6% of that population, and we are ...
12/27/2019

Central Louisiana has a labor force of over 148,000 people!

Production workers make up 6% of that population, and we are grateful for each one.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

All of us at CLEDA are wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
12/25/2019

All of us at CLEDA are wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

“Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and AFCO Industries President and CEO Don Fowler announced the company will make a $3.62 m...
12/23/2019

“Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and AFCO Industries President and CEO Don Fowler announced the company will make a $3.62 million investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Alexandria, Louisiana. AFCO will close its plant in Pell City, Alabama, and transfer jobs and manufacturing operations to its Louisiana location. The company manufactures metal weather stripping, aluminum extrusions, door tracks, columns, thresholds and other building construction components.

AFCO will create 16 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $25,250 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 22 indirect jobs, for a total of 38 new jobs for Rapides Parish and Central Louisiana. AFCO also is retaining 168 existing jobs at its Alexandria facility.”

To read more on this exciting news, click the link below!

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12/23/2019
#WeMakeGoodStuff: Drax Biomass

What if we told you one of the leaders on the path towards cleaner energy is located in the Heart of Louisiana?

Bet you didn't see that coming...
#WeMakeGoodStuff #CentralLouisiana #DraxBiomass

Kisatchie National Forest Storm Damage
12/20/2019
Kisatchie National Forest Storm Damage

Kisatchie National Forest Storm Damage

Stacy Blomquist and Jason Nolde talk about the damage to Kisatchie National Forest following the storm on December 16

Did you know the England Air Park opened in 1942 and was originally known as the Alexandria Army Air Base?It was renamed...
12/20/2019

Did you know the England Air Park opened in 1942 and was originally known as the Alexandria Army Air Base?

It was renamed England Air Force Base in 1955!

LC, CLTCC partner for general education courses
12/19/2019
LC, CLTCC partner for general education courses

LC, CLTCC partner for general education courses

Louisiana College, Central Louisiana Technical Community College create a partnership that grants articulation for general education courses.

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (ADES) provides solutions to customers in coal-fired power generation, municipal wate...
12/18/2019

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (ADES) provides solutions to customers in coal-fired power generation, municipal water and other industries.

The Red River Plant is the largest, most automated and environmentally friendly activated carbon plant in North America, and the Natchitoches Processing Facility provides custom processing and packaging!

Home to some of the state's top healthcare providers and hospitals, Central Louisiana residents have access to a range o...
12/16/2019

Home to some of the state's top healthcare providers and hospitals, Central Louisiana residents have access to a range of treatment services, such as those available at Rapides Regional Medical Center, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria VA Medical Center and more.

Central Louisiana is a GREAT place to develop your company in 2020.Click the link below to learn more about our properti...
12/13/2019
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Central Louisiana is a GREAT place to develop your company in 2020.

Click the link below to learn more about our properties!
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LaSalle Parish’s rural atmosphere invites visitors to get away from it all without having to travel all that far from th...
12/11/2019

LaSalle Parish’s rural atmosphere invites visitors to get away from it all without having to travel all that far from the conveniences and cultural assets of Central Louisiana.

Today, most visitors come for outdoor recreation in LaSalle, which changes from hills of pine and hardwood forests to a rich Mississippi River valley somewhere between Catahoula Lake and Saline Lake down in the southern end of the parish.

12/09/2019
#WeMakeGoodStuff: Gilchrist

What if we told you one of the leading designers and builders of infrastructure in the state of Louisiana calls Central Louisiana HOME.

Bet you didn't see that coming.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Good times are easy to find in Central Louisiana.With a number of popular and diverse restaurants, local pubs and local ...
12/07/2019

Good times are easy to find in Central Louisiana.

With a number of popular and diverse restaurants, local pubs and local hotspots, the Central Louisiana nightlife provides residents with plenty of ways to unwind at the end of the day and relax with family or friends.

Did you know the average citizen of Central Louisiana spends 6.8% less on gas & auto expenses that in Denver, Colorado?
12/04/2019

Did you know the average citizen of Central Louisiana spends 6.8% less on gas & auto expenses that in Denver, Colorado?

The working population in Concordia Parish is extremely diverse, and its manufacturing industry makes up 4.3% of its lab...
12/02/2019

The working population in Concordia Parish is extremely diverse, and its manufacturing industry makes up 4.3% of its labor force with 304 employees!

Congratulations to Southern Designs & Gifts for appearing on the Inc. 5000 list for the third time!Check out this articl...
11/29/2019

Congratulations to Southern Designs & Gifts for appearing on the Inc. 5000 list for the third time!

Check out this article for more information:
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Do you know about the wide variety of professional organizations in Central Louisiana?A few include the Louisiana Restau...
11/27/2019

Do you know about the wide variety of professional organizations in Central Louisiana?

A few include the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Dental Association, Young Professionals Group of Central Louisiana, and many more!

Learn more about them here: bit.ly/328F3rB

Central Louisiana has a variety of properties ready to be developed.Click the link below to learn more about them!bit.ly...
11/25/2019
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Central Louisiana has a variety of properties ready to be developed.

Click the link below to learn more about them!
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The Entergy name and logo are registered service marks of Entergy Corporation and may not be used without written consent from Entergy Corporation.

Hexion has been advancing specialty chemicals and performance materials for over 100 years, and they have a location rig...
11/22/2019

Hexion has been advancing specialty chemicals and performance materials for over 100 years, and they have a location right here in Central Louisiana.

They are pioneers of Responsible Chemistry and we are glad they are a part of Central Louisiana!

Leesville Lumber Company, Inc. is located in West Central Louisiana and has been manufacturing quality dimensional lumbe...
11/20/2019

Leesville Lumber Company, Inc. is located in West Central Louisiana and has been manufacturing quality dimensional lumber since 1964.

We are happy they call Central Louisiana home, and they make our community a better place!

#WeMakeGoodStuff

John Landry and Randal Smoak discuss the Town of Montgomery’s $300,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority for Infra...
11/20/2019

John Landry and Randal Smoak discuss the Town of Montgomery’s $300,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority for Infrastructure and Site Certification. #woohoo #WeMakeGoodStuff #KisatchieDelta #ChooseCenla @ Pineville Community Center

Our team is on hand for the 52nd Annual Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District Meeting. We appreciate ...
11/20/2019

Our team is on hand for the 52nd Annual Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District Meeting. We appreciate the team at Kisatchie Delta and we look forward to continuing our collaboration and prosperous relationship. #choosecenla #WeMakeGoodStuff

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The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is a non-profit created to provide leadership and support for the ten parishes of Central Louisiana. Our goal is to improve economic outcomes and opportunities in the region. CLEDA’s work falls into three primary categories:

Major Employers: The recruitment, expansion and retention of businesses within the region.

Knowledge Platforms: Pursues rapid improvements in educational outcomes and workforce readiness.

Regional Innovation: Uses the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to transform the regional economy.

Central Louisiana parishes (counties) are Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. The mission of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is to help people prosper in vibrant, thriving communities. If you are looking for a place to start or develop your business, Central Louisiana should be at the top of your list.


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I'm wondering why or what would it take to try to get a group of investors to fund a family fun center/ waterpark would bring thousands of people to the area which would in turn bring their money to spend in the area, especially in the summer. This is something that could also be used during the winter months if part of the waterpark could be kept indoors/enclosed similar to Schlitterbahn in Galveston. Also there could be an indoor ice rink for ice skating and host hockey event. It's not like we don't have the room for it here i.e. Off Hwy 28 West past Walmart on the left. Instead of our locals going to blue bayou or the other water parks/fun centers to the north or southwest of us! This is an opportunity for an all year around revenue/job maker for Cenla!
Deadline to sign petition is May 31st. Why not have this after school program in Central Louisiana again? We have a responsible non-profit ready to take the helm and they just need to complete the first step of collecting 1000 signatures of support. https://www.change.org/p/the-re-defined-project-the-boys-and-girls-club-of-cenla?recruiter=701851736&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=mob-xs-no_src-custom_msg