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.

P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a simple soap and candle company.Today, they are the world’s largest consumer good...
07/08/2020

P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a simple soap and candle company.
Today, they are the world’s largest consumer goods company and home to iconic, trusted brands that make life a little bit easier in small but meaningful ways.

We are so grateful for their production facility in Pineville, Louisiana, which provides and maintains hundreds of jobs in this community!

Did you know Vernon Parish is actually named for Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington?
07/06/2020

Did you know Vernon Parish is actually named for Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington?

Happy Independence Day from all of us at CLEDA!
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day from all of us at CLEDA!

Companies that call Central Louisiana home utilize the thriving economy to grow successful businesses, while providing n...
06/29/2020

Companies that call Central Louisiana home utilize the thriving economy to grow successful businesses, while providing numerous high-paying job opportunities to area residents.

In addition, the presence of a U.S. Army installation adds another unique element to the region's already diverse economy, while employing thousands and supporting local small businesses.

Did you know Allen Parish averages 300 sunny days per year?Who could complain about that?
06/26/2020

Did you know Allen Parish averages 300 sunny days per year?

Who could complain about that?

AFCO Industries, Inc., a 100% employee owned company was founded in 1946,  and is one of the nation’s leading building p...
06/24/2020

AFCO Industries, Inc., a 100% employee owned company was founded in 1946, and is one of the nation’s leading building products manufacturers. The company’s products can be found in the home centers, lumber yards, and distributors nation-wide.

AFCO is also a leading provider of fabricated aluminum components for other manufacturers with services that include extruding, machining, welding, precision cutting, punching, and powder coating.

They have a plant located right here in Alexandria, Louisiana!

City of Pineville, La
06/23/2020

City of Pineville, La

WHATABURGER IS COMING TO PINEVILLE!!!

What had previously been a social media rumor, can now be confirmed - Whataburger is going to open it's first Central Louisiana location in Pineville!!

Last week, the franchisee for Whataburger closed on a 2-acre piece of land on the corner of Pinecrest and Lofton Drives, near the Walmart Supercenter, and will build their famous orange and white facade there for an early 2021 opening!

“We absolutely love hearing that we have so many excited fans in Pineville. We’re still in the preliminary stages of planning and don’t have any specific groundbreaking or opening dates to share yet, but Whataburger is thrilled about the opportunity to bring a new restaurant to Pineville in early 2021. We look forward to serving up our famous burgers, chicken, breakfast and All-Time Favorites menu items, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so stay tuned for updates.” - Whataburger Franchisee Chris Johnson

Central Louisiana health care facilities have received national recognition — in 2014, Central Louisiana Surgical Hospit...
06/22/2020

Central Louisiana health care facilities have received national recognition — in 2014, Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital received the APEX Quality Award for excellence in patient satisfaction.

Home to some of the state's top health care providers and hospitals, Central Louisiana residents have access to a range of treatment services!

Higher education is such a critical part of our community and economy.CLEDA supports the continuing growth of the Centra...
06/19/2020

Higher education is such a critical part of our community and economy.

CLEDA supports the continuing growth of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College's seven campuses as our primary platform for building the manufacturing workforce.

CLEDA also works closely with LSU of Alexandria, Louisiana College, Northwestern State University as primary platforms for raising education achievements at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels.

All four of these institutions are critical providers of talent for the allied health field, another key job creator in Central Louisiana.

Catahoula Manufacturing in Jonesville, Louisiana, produces sports nets, netting, twine, rope, mason line and other corda...
06/17/2020

Catahoula Manufacturing in Jonesville, Louisiana, produces sports nets, netting, twine, rope, mason line and other cordage products which have various applications ranging from baseball batting cages to duck decoy anchor cord.

They are the leading twine manufacturer in the world!

📸: Catahoula Manufacturing

Did you know Winn Parish is known as the “Forestry Capital” of the state, and 92% of the parish is covered by timberland...
06/15/2020

Did you know Winn Parish is known as the “Forestry Capital” of the state, and 92% of the parish is covered by timberland?

Established in 1959, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) is a four-year undergraduate institution with a mis...
06/12/2020

Established in 1959, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) is a four-year undergraduate institution with a mission to bring affordable higher education to its students in an environment that challenges them to excel academically.

LSUA offers a range of associate and bachelor's degree programs, including:
- Biology
- Communication Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Lab Science
- Nursing
- Psychology
- Radiologic Technology

LSUA also offers a number of certification programs, including Pharmacy Technology, Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

Central Louisiana is a great place to grow and expand your business!View available sites here: buildingsandsites.com/cle...
06/10/2020
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Central Louisiana is a great place to grow and expand your business!

View available sites here: buildingsandsites.com/cleda/Search

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Report: Rural Co-ops Can Close the Digital Divide - Daily Yonder
06/10/2020
Report: Rural Co-ops Can Close the Digital Divide - Daily Yonder

Report: Rural Co-ops Can Close the Digital Divide - Daily Yonder

Locally owned utility cooperatives have the skills and motivation to provide better internet service for rural America. The Institute for Local Self Reliance recommends policies that could help get the job done.

With convenient access to indoor attractions and outdoor recreational areas, and a community rich in cultural assets — i...
06/08/2020

With convenient access to indoor attractions and outdoor recreational areas, and a community rich in cultural assets — including art galleries, performance theaters, museums, regional festivals and more — there are a myriad of things to do in Central Louisiana.

We, like many of you, are anxious to return to full access and usage of so many of these wonderful attractions and activities here in Central Louisiana!

Plastipak is a critical infrastructure company making and recycling rigid plastic containers for major brands.With innov...
06/05/2020

Plastipak is a critical infrastructure company making and recycling rigid plastic containers for major brands.

With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates at more than 40 manufacturing sites across the globe. One of those sites is located in Pineville, Louisiana!

They help make our community a better place!

📸: Business Facilities Magazine

CLEDA actively works with our business partners, community leaders, and state and federal officials to provide services ...
06/03/2020
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

CLEDA actively works with our business partners, community leaders, and state and federal officials to provide services to the business community in our ten-parish service region in the wake of the current state of emergency.

Visit this link to view our current COVID-19 Business Resources: cenla.org/central-louisiana-covid-19-business-resources

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Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar
06/03/2020
Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar

Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar

The last recession pummeled the government workforce. Now, the pandemic has hit and once again, layoffs have become a fact of life. But not every state and local government is cutting jobs to stanch revenue losses.

06/01/2020
We Make Good Stuff: RoyOMartin

RoyOMartin’s plywood manufacturing plant in Chopin, Louisiana, is the nation’s LARGEST of its kind.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Our sincerest condolences to the families of Ben and Blake Cooper on this tragic loss. Their leadership and goodwill wil...
06/01/2020
Buhlow Lake plane crash investigation

Our sincerest condolences to the families of Ben and Blake Cooper on this tragic loss. Their leadership and goodwill will be long remembered in the Central Louisiana community.

Two prominent members of the Alexandria community have died following a plane crash near the Pineville Municipal Airport at Lake Buhlow.

Cities Need To Continue Investing In Their Music Economies Post-Pandemic
05/30/2020
Cities Need To Continue Investing In Their Music Economies Post-Pandemic

Cities Need To Continue Investing In Their Music Economies Post-Pandemic

The music industry is adapting to the changes of COVID-19, but how will this impact music economic development? Cities that invest in their music community have benefited financially, but will the current climate encourage new music-friendly policies before it’s too late?

For more than 30 years, Universal Plant Services has provided expert services designed around maximizing the critical as...
05/29/2020

For more than 30 years, Universal Plant Services has provided expert services designed around maximizing the critical assets of the energy industry.

They are the only specialists in fixed and rotating equipment in the United States, and they have a plant located in Jena, LA!

Each of the 10 parishes in the CLEDA region has something unique to offer. Together, they form a region rich in cultural...
05/27/2020

Each of the 10 parishes in the CLEDA region has something unique to offer. Together, they form a region rich in cultural and recreational opportunities. Central Louisiana is the "Heart of Louisiana."

Alexandria Farmers Market
05/27/2020

Alexandria Farmers Market

🎉FANTASTIC NEW ANNOUNCEMENT🎉
On Saturday the 30th we have a Market! We are so excited to create the Alexandria Farmer's Market's own 🚨Phase 1!
A Pre-order only Farmers Market with a curbside pick-up at Cabrini Church! One-stop that connects customers with all the 😎coolest vendors.

Eye of the Butterfly
https://eyeofthebutterfly.com
Haille's Hot Tamales
https://hailleshottamales.square.site
Inglewood Farm
bit.ly/OnlineAFM
Quarter Acre Homestead & Nursery
bit.ly/OnlineAFM
Revolution Meat Co.
https://revolutionmeatco.com/login

We have been resolute in thinking through the easiest and fastest market for you, our fabulous customers.

-Here's What you Need to Know-
1.PRE-ORDER and PRE-PAY only 🛒💳Order with each vendor in advance; there will be no on-site shopping!
2. Before you come, fill out the "Customer Template"(https://bit.ly/5-30-20_customer_template) with your first and last name and check the vendors from whom you ordered.
-Day of the Market-
3. Check your pick-up time slot based on the first letter of last names.
a.Q-Z 10:00-11:00
b.I-P 11:00-12:00
c.A-H 12:00-1:00
4. Enter from E. Texas St. (the Wedgewood St. entrance will be closed). 📍2211 E Texas Ave, Alexandria, LA 71301
5. Make sure the "customer template" is displayed on the passenger side dash. This is how we’ll know what you ordered.
6. At the start of the line, trunks will be opened and remain open throughout the line.
7. Stay in the car and keeps windows rolled up to keep the line moving quickly.
8. The last person in the line will close the trunk door. 🚗

*Follow these guidelines, and we can get you from the entrance to exit quickly!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at CLEDA.We are grateful for all those who have fought and served our country.
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at CLEDA.

We are grateful for all those who have fought and served our country.

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1302 Murray Street
Alexandria, LA
71301

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(318) 441-3400

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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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Requesting those in the parishes (or counties) that are shaded as the DRA region, please use a few minutes to share your thoughts... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRA
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