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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 ...

CLEDA Quarterly Innovation Luncheon May 14th

admin | 30th April, 2018
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CLEDA Quarterly Innovation Luncheon May 14th
You are invited to hear renowned economic development expert, Jeff Finkle, CEcD. As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development.IEDC is the world’s largest economic development membership organization and is a $5 million annual operation that is renowned for its leadership ...

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, ...

CLEDA Seeks Executive Assistant, Major Employers Division

admin | 01st March, 2018
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Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is the regional economic development organization for the ten parishes of Central Louisiana. CLEDA provides a wide variety of economic development services which include recruitment, retention, and development of major employers; development of knowledge platforms and networks to achieve higher levels of educational and skills attainment; and regional innovation ...

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

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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 ...

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 ...