Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Meet our Quarterly Luncheon Speaker

admin | 26th January, 2018
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Meet our Quarterly Luncheon Speaker
JEANNETTE GOLDSMITH VICE PRESIDENT Site Selectors Guild Member Jeannette Goldsmith is Vice President of Strategic Development Group, where she specializes in site selection and incentive negotiations for clients worldwide. Jeannette’s background spans more than 20 years in site location consulting, incentive negotiations, and economic development consulting with McCallum Sweeney and then with her own company, ...

2018FOODAPALOOZA SCHEDULED JANUARY 11-12

admin | 03rd January, 2018
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2018FOODAPALOOZA SCHEDULED JANUARY 11-12
2018 FOODAPALOOZA SCHEDULED JANUARY 11-12 Annual event celebrates local foods and local food producers ALEXANDRIA – The sixth annual Foodapalooza, an event that celebrates Central Louisiana foods and food producers, will be held January 11-12 in Alexandria and feature a new venue and format. Hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, the largest local ...

Revamped Foodapalooza Promises to Be More Exciting Than Ever!

admin | 28th November, 2017
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Revamped Foodapalooza Promises to Be More Exciting Than Ever!
With a new format, and a new venue, the 6th Annual Foodapalooza reflects the growth of Central Louisiana’s local food movement. As more year-round farmers markets have sprung up, and with more local food being included in our region’s restaurants and institutions, Foodapalooza’s new format will feature more opportunities for participants to connect with this ...

2017 Summit on Future of Higher Education in Central Louisiana

admin | 31st October, 2017
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2017 Summit on Future of Higher Education in Central Louisiana
  CLEDA is proud to host the 2017 Summit on the Future of Higher Education in Central Louisiana. This region is home to four major teaching and training institutions who, together, can provide an opportunity-rich environment for the residents of our parishes.   REGISTER HERE   CLEDA is proud to host the 2017 Summit on ...

HAPPY HOUR ‘MAKER MORNINGS’ FEATURES VILLE PLATTE ENTREPRENEUR

admin | 31st October, 2017
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HAPPY HOUR ‘MAKER MORNINGS’ FEATURES VILLE PLATTE ENTREPRENEUR
The next Happy Hour edition of “Maker Mornings” will be Tuesday, November 14, at The Gem in downtown Alexandria and feature a keynote address from a Ville Platte businessman who created software that can be used to help police, search teams, hunters, and outdoorsmen. In addition, entrepreneurs will hear about a new zero-interest loan program ...

Mexi-Cajun Expands Westward into Major Regional Grocery Chain

admin | 04th October, 2017
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Mexi-Cajun Expands Westward into Major Regional Grocery Chain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   October 3, 2017     Mexi-Cajun Expands Westward into Major Regional Grocery Chain   Mexi-Cajun, makers of premium products blending the flavors of Mexican and Cajun cuisine, is pleased to announce the expansion of product distribution into Brookshire Grocery Company stores, a prestigious Tyler, Texas-based grocery chain known for quality foods, ...

SIMPSON TAPPED TO LEAD CLEDA’S MAJOR EMPLOYERS DIVISION

admin | 24th August, 2017
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SIMPSON TAPPED TO LEAD CLEDA’S MAJOR EMPLOYERS DIVISION
ALEXANDRIA, LA – The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) welcomes Larkin Simpson, EDFP, IOM as Vice President of the Major Employers Division.   Simpson, a Cleveland, Mississippi native, joins CLEDA from Jones County, MS where he most recently led the Economic Development Authority of Jones County and Jones County Chamber of Commerce as a ...

Vidalia Company Makes List of Fastest Growing Companies in America’s

admin | 16th August, 2017
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Vidalia Company Makes List of Fastest Growing Companies in America’s
Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000   SOUTHERN DESIGNS Ranks No. 558 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 803%     NEW YORK, August 16, 2017 – Inc. magazine today ranked Southern Designs NO. 558 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ...

HAPPY HOUR ‘MAKER MORNINGS’ EVENT FEATURES HORNBECK ENTREPRENEURS

admin | 28th July, 2017
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HAPPY HOUR ‘MAKER MORNINGS’ EVENT FEATURES HORNBECK ENTREPRENEURS A Happy Hour edition of Maker Mornings will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at The Gem in downtown Alexandria and feature a keynote address from the owners of Lavender Falls, a working lavender farm based in the Vernon Parish town of Hornbeck. REGISTER HERE ...

WALKER AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF ITS REMODELDED TOYOTA FACILITY

admin | 07th July, 2017
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WALKER AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF ITS REMODELDED TOYOTA FACILITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2017           FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT                       LAWRENCE S. SEARCY, JR.                                             318-445-6421     WALKER AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF ITS REMODELDED TOYOTA FACILITY   Walker Automotive is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of its remodeled Toyota facility at 5735 coliseum Boulevard in Alexandria, Louisiana. The renovation will ...