CLEDA If you are looking for a place to start or develop your business, Central Louisiana should be at the top of your list.

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.

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials, Boise Cascade brings people, products and services toge...
07/29/2019

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials, Boise Cascade brings people, products and services together to build strong homes, businesses and communities that stand the test of time.

With 2 locations in Central Louisiana, Boise Cascade is continuously helping Central Louisiana be a better place to live.

Fresh Central is Central Louisiana’s home for local, fresh and delicious food.Want to see where you can find local foo...
07/26/2019
Fresh Central

Fresh Central is Central Louisiana’s home for local, fresh and delicious food.

Want to see where you can find local food near you?
Click here: cenla.org/freshcentral/find-local-food

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Central Louisiana's home for local, fresh, and delicious foods. Fresh Central is a community resource for both consumers and growers alike

Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisian...
07/24/2019
Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy

Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL), will host the fourth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on
October 22-23, 2019!

“This event is an annual opportunity for stakeholders vested in economic development and the future of Louisiana to partner together to chart a path for our state and business economy.” -
Jim Clinton, president and CEO of CLEDA.

⬇️Click below to learn more! ⬇️

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Central Louisiana neighborhoods offer significant value to newcomers, where it is possible to invest in a large home and...
07/24/2019
Central Louisiana Neighborhoods | Choose Central Louisiana

Central Louisiana neighborhoods offer significant value to newcomers, where it is possible to invest in a large home and sizable lot for far less than many urban markets across the country.

Property values have steadily increased throughout Louisiana since 2008, including in the Alexandria region.

Read more about lots of Cenla’s unique and welcoming living options here: bit.ly/2Rs1Dqt

Central Louisiana neighborhoods offer residents affordable housing in close proximity to a number of recreational amenities and scenic landscapes.

Guy Spends 6 Months Recreating A Van Gogh Painting Using Plants In A 1.2-Acre Field
07/22/2019
Guy Spends 6 Months Recreating A Van Gogh Painting Using Plants In A 1.2-Acre Field

Guy Spends 6 Months Recreating A Van Gogh Painting Using Plants In A 1.2-Acre Field

Can you imagine seeing a Van Gogh painting sitting right off the freeway on your morning commute or aerial ride? One field in Eagan, Minnesota got exactly this when the 67-year-old artist, Stan Herd, transformed it into Van Gogh’s 1889 “Olive Trees.” Herd has been doing similar types of artwor...

Is your business looking to expand?Central Louisiana is a great choice!View several site options at this link: buildings...
07/22/2019
Site Selection Center - Search

Is your business looking to expand?

Central Louisiana is a great choice!

View several site options at this link: buildingsandsites.com/cleda/Search

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Did you know, Louisiana celebrates over 400 festivals every year!No wonder we are called the Festival Capital of America...
07/19/2019

Did you know, Louisiana celebrates over 400 festivals every year!

No wonder we are called the Festival Capital of America…

What is your favorite festival in Central Louisiana?

07/19/2019
Alexandria, Louisiana – Mayor's Office

Alexandria, Louisiana – Mayor's Office

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is seeking to provide resources to developers and businesses in order to create a thriving downtown community. We've designed a website to make it easier to search Downtown properties and parking via interactive maps. Now is the time to invest in Downtown Alexandria. With the opening of two campuses of our local community college, the downtown area has seen a resurgence in business. Imagine the possibilities for downtown and Grow With Alexandria! #GrowWithAlexandria

Recent Bizzy Award winner, Alexandria/Pineville Cvb, is hosting Christmas in July this Saturday, the 20th!Tons of local ...
07/17/2019

Recent Bizzy Award winner, Alexandria/Pineville Cvb, is hosting Christmas in July this Saturday, the 20th!

Tons of local shops will be open from morning to night with special deals you don’t want to miss.

Check out the CVB page for a list of participating stores!

It’s a beautiful sight!
07/16/2019

It’s a beautiful sight!

The sun shines on YOUR new Alexandria Campus.

President and CEO, Mark Yost of Skyline Champion Corporation speaking to a packed crowd of team members and supporters c...
07/15/2019

President and CEO, Mark Yost of Skyline Champion Corporation speaking to a packed crowd of team members and supporters celebrating the new Manufacturing Plant in Leesville, LA.

Touting the slogan "Music is Life," the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (RSO) enriches the lives of Alexandria-area residents...
07/15/2019

Touting the slogan "Music is Life," the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (RSO) enriches the lives of Alexandria-area residents through classical music performances, entertainment and education.

The orchestra's annual concert series brings music appreciation to new levels and encourages others to get involved in music in the community.

Additionally, the RSO offers various learning programs and competitions for young musicians in Central Louisiana.

PlastiPak Packaging is a global packaging manufacturer that operates multiple sites across the U.S., including its Pinev...
07/12/2019

PlastiPak Packaging is a global packaging manufacturer that operates multiple sites across the U.S., including its Pineville manufacturing facility where the company employs approximately 300 area residents.

The packaging giant manufactures more than 20 billion containers per year with annual sales that exceed $2 billion in supplying packaging to some of the world’s top brands, including Procter & Gamble Co. and Kraft.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Did you know…The Alexandria Zoo is ranked #2 on the list of Best Zoos in Louisiana according to TripAdvisor!The Alexan...
07/10/2019

Did you know…

The Alexandria Zoo is ranked #2 on the list of Best Zoos in Louisiana according to TripAdvisor!

The Alexandria Zoological Park is home to over 500 animals and more than 35 threatened and endangered species.

Visit and enter a world of “hoots, howls and roars” right in the heart of Central Louisiana!

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fiber-based packaging, paper and pulp.They im...
07/08/2019

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fiber-based packaging, paper and pulp.

They improve peoples’ lives and the planet by transforming renewable resources into products people depend on every day!

With a plant located in Natchitoches, LA, they are helping make Central Louisiana a better place to live and work.

https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/led-news/news-releases/news/2019/07/03/louisiana-ranks-no.-2-in-south-for-economic-...
07/03/2019
Louisiana Ranks No. 2 In South For Economic Development Results

https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/led-news/news-releases/news/2019/07/03/louisiana-ranks-no.-2-in-south-for-economic-development-results?

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Louisiana No. 2 for securing the best economic development performance in the South on a per capita basis. This is the 11th year in a row that Louisiana has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the highly competitive category w...

Weyerhaeuser Company began more than 100 years ago with 900,000 acres of Timberland and only 3 employees.Today they have...
07/03/2019

Weyerhaeuser Company began more than 100 years ago with 900,000 acres of Timberland and only 3 employees.

Today they have grown to become one of the largest sustainable forest products companies in the world!

Weyerhaeuser has multiple locations across Central Louisiana.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Central Louisiana's higher education institutions give students the opportunity to achieve their goals of scholarship, p...
07/03/2019
Higher Education | Central Louisiana Colleges | Universities

Central Louisiana's higher education institutions give students the opportunity to achieve their goals of scholarship, personal growth and career preparation.

Alexandria's central location means students can easily reach Louisiana's other colleges and universities!

Click here to learn more about Cenla’s higher education opportunities and benefits:
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Central Louisiana's higher education institutions give students the opportunity to achieve their goals of scholarship, personal growth and career preparation. The region features public and private four-year institutions, community and technical colleges and an educational center that hosts courses....

Did you know…The Natchitoches Parish Port is a multi-modal facility with river, rail and highway transportation option...
07/03/2019
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Did you know…

The Natchitoches Parish Port is a multi-modal facility with river, rail and highway transportation options and the only slack water port on the Red River?

With waterway access to the Mississippi River you really can get anywhere from there!

Learn more about the Natchitoches Parish Port here: bit.ly/2L5RQoP

With waterway access to the Mississippi River you really can get anywhere from here, or get here from anywhere in the world.

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System
07/01/2019
Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System

Spanish renewable energy giant and offshore wind energy leader Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last week inaugurated operations of its electrothermal energy storage system which can store up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for a week in volcanic rock.

Central Louisiana’s parks and recreation system is home to a number of facilities that feature fields, courts, playgro...
06/28/2019

Central Louisiana’s parks and recreation system is home to a number of facilities that feature fields, courts, playgrounds and water parks.

Exceptional options include Johnny Downs Sports Complex, a large soccer complex with five full-sized fields and nearly one dozen smaller fields; and the Tennis Complex, which hosts local and collegiate tournaments and maintains eight courts.

Central Louisiana boasts nine city parks and also maintains trails where residents can run or train for races, such as the Red River Run 10K.

Alexandria's 34 parks feature wide-open grassy spaces and jogging paths, with parks located across the city.

Want to learn more about our parks and recreation?
Click here: bit.ly/2KPrgAd

England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport
06/27/2019

England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport

Congratulations to England Airpark Fire Department Chief Joe Hamner and Cpt. John Evans who were recipients of the Boss Patriot Award presented by the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense. The Boss Patriot Award recognizes outstanding support for our active duty reservists. They were nominated for the award by fellow England Airpark fireman SPC Stephen Jensen who has recently returned from a year-long tour of duty with the USAR 395 OD Co. (Pictured left to right: ESGR Bob Gillan, Cpt John Evans, Chief Joe Hamner, SPC Stephen Jensen, and ESGR Joe Sers) #Military #Guard #Reserve #MilitarySupport #FireDepartment #EnglandAirpark #FlyAEX

Congratulations to Red River Bank for topping the Louisiana list. We are happy to have three of the top five rated Louis...
06/27/2019
America's Best Banks In Each State 2019

Congratulations to Red River Bank for topping the Louisiana list. We are happy to have three of the top five rated Louisiana banks active in the Central Louisiana marketplace.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to produce our second annual look at the Best Banks In Each State to gauge whose customers gave their banks the highest grades.

Did you know Kincaid Reservoir is 2600 acres?The Kincaid Recreation is the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy the ...
06/26/2019

Did you know Kincaid Reservoir is 2600 acres?

The Kincaid Recreation is the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors.

If you like camping, swimming, picnicking, boating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, and bicycling - Kincaid awaits you!

Avoyelles Parish Foodapalooza was a great success on Monday. Foodapalooza is a day-long event that focuses on building a...
06/25/2019

Avoyelles Parish Foodapalooza was a great success on Monday. Foodapalooza is a day-long event that focuses on building and supporting the local food economy.

Did you know...The Hotel Bentley was constructed in 1907 by Joseph Bentley, a native of Pennsylvania who became wealthy ...
06/24/2019

Did you know...

The Hotel Bentley was constructed in 1907 by Joseph Bentley, a native of Pennsylvania who became wealthy in the lumber industry in Central Louisiana.

Bentley was an eccentric fellow, and legend has it that the only reason he built the hotel is because he was turned down for a room in the former Ice House Hotel.

Various entertainers and Hollywood stars have been registered guests at the Bentley over the years, including John Wayne and Roy Rogers!

This landmark in Downtown Alexandria is a unique place for visitors to stay and learn more about our community's history.

Want to read more about the Hotel Bentley's history?
Click here: bit.ly/2KiZdd0

06/21/2019
Visit Galleries and Studios at River Oaks Square Arts Center | Choose Central Louisiana

Did you know...

In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts.

The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center!

In 1999, a new 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened its doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center.

Read more about River Oaks and how it has become an amazing addition to our community here: bit.ly/2IEecel

River Oaks Square Arts Center is a contemporary arts facility in downtown Alexandria with a two-fold purpose: The center's galleries host art exhibitions throughout the year, and the center provides studio space to more than 40 painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and mixed media artists....

England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport
06/21/2019

England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport

David Broussard, our Economic Development Manager, recently attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. The summit facilitates business investment in the United States by bringing together economic development organizations from all over the world. #EconomicDevelopment #BusinessPartners #EnglandAirpark #FlyAEX

Did you know… In Central Louisiana we have over a dozen Professional Organizational Groups? Many of these groups start...
06/19/2019
Central Louisiana Professional Organizations | Choose Central Louisiana

Did you know…

In Central Louisiana we have over a dozen Professional Organizational Groups?

Many of these groups started right here in Central Louisiana and have branched out to other communities.

Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management, Home Builders Association Of Central Louisiana, and Louisiana Associated General Contractors to name a few!

To learn more or find out how you can be apart of one of these organizations click here >>http://bit.ly/2KgZX1w

A large network of Central Louisiana professional organizations provides regional residents with ample opportunity for career growth and development.

“Today, the @Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and RoyOMartin announced the grand opening of For...
06/18/2019

“Today, the @Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and RoyOMartin announced the grand opening of Fort Martin, a new playground located at Indian Creek Recreation Area in Woodworth, Louisiana. This effort was a partnership between the LDAF and RoyOMartin.”

We had a great time celebrating Central Louisiana Businesses on Friday night during the Central Louisiana Chamber of Com...
06/17/2019

We had a great time celebrating Central Louisiana Businesses on Friday night during the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Bizzy Awards.

[Alexandria is home to TWO great hospitals] Rapides Regional Medical Center & CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini!Rapides Regio...
06/17/2019

[Alexandria is home to TWO great hospitals]

Rapides Regional Medical Center & CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini!

Rapides Regional is a 328-bed, state-of-the-art medical facility with more than 200 physicians from 30 medical specialties.

>>Learn more about Rapides HERE: bit.ly/2XlLq8w

CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital is a fully accredited, 255-bed health care center, employing 1,500 people to serve the community!

>>Learn more about Cabrini HERE: bit.ly/2wuALfZ

CLEDA is happy to welcome Dr. Paul Coreil back to Alexandria. We look forward to working with him to help build both LSU...
06/15/2019
LSUA interim chancellor in it 'for long term'

CLEDA is happy to welcome Dr. Paul Coreil back to Alexandria. We look forward to working with him to help build both LSUA and Central Louisiana.

Paul Coreil to head university again

More good stuff in Central Louisiana...
06/14/2019
Cenla Dance & Culture Camp

More good stuff in Central Louisiana...

Stephanie Bookman has details on the Cenla Dance & Culture Camp sponsored by the Arna BonTemps Museum

AFCO Industries is a building products manufacturer and they’ve been in Central Louisiana since 1946. #WeMakeGoodStuff
06/14/2019

AFCO Industries is a building products manufacturer and they’ve been in Central Louisiana since 1946.

#WeMakeGoodStuff

Address

900 4th St, Ste 300
Alexandria, LA
71301

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(318) 441-3400

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