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Business Micro-Lending Supports Small Enterprises in Central Louisiana

admin | 31st May, 2018
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Business Micro-Lending Supports Small Enterprises in Central Louisiana
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Business Micro-Lending Supports Small Enterprises in Central Louisiana A partnership between the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA), and Communities Unlimited, Inc. (CU), serves local start-ups with expert technical assistance and access to small business micro-loans.   ALEXANDRIA, LA, May 30, 2018 – In February of 2018 ...

ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET TO ACCEPT SNAP BENEFITS

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ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET TO ACCEPT SNAP BENEFITS
ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET TO ACCEPT SNAP Recipients can use benefit cards to buy fresh, local food Beginning June 5, the Alexandria Farmers Market will begin accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit cards to help make it easier for lower-income families to buy and eat fresh, local food. SNAP recipients can swipe their EBT cards at ...

LaSalle Parish lands $115 Million Plant

admin | 13th March, 2018
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LaSalle Parish lands $115 Million Plant
Hunt Forest Products of Ruston and its Canadian partner Tolko Industries will build a $115 million sawmill in LaSalle Parish in the heart of Louisiana timber country. The project will eventually create more than 100 direct permanent jobs. “We are excited to be bringing a high-tech sawmill, and the skilled jobs it will provide, to ...
admin | 01st March, 2018
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Hunt Forest Products Announces $115 Million Mill In Central Louisiana State-of-the-art lumber mill will create 110 direct jobs and result in over 300 new indirect jobs URANIA, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Hunt Forest Products co-owner James D. Hunt announced the company will build a state-of-the-art $115 million lumber mill in Urania, ...

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, ...

2017 Summit on Future of Higher Education in Central Louisiana

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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 ...