Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance



admin | 24th August, 2017
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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 Vice President.


Holding a Master’s degree in Economic Development with an emphasizes in Technology Led Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, Simpson has been recognized both on a state and southeastern regional level for his many accomplishments in economic and community development, leadership development, marketing and advertising, and organizational management. In addition to his academic achievements, Larkin also received his Economic Development Finance Professional Certification (EDFP) from the National Development Council as well as his Institute for Organizational Management certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


As leader of the Major Employers Division, Simpson will be responsible for recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses within the ten-parish region. The Division is the primary contact for delivery of state-managed services from Louisiana Economic Development throughout the region. The Division supports and facilitates the activities of the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council. In addition, the Division is responsible for the site certification process of the region.


“Adding Larkin to our team will be a great asset for Central Louisiana. Already we can tell he has a passion for making the community the best it can be. With his education and experience, companies and site selection professionals looking to bring investment into the CLEDA region can be assured of a national standard of professionalism and quality of product. This is very exciting for our organization and the future of Central Louisiana,” stated Jim Clinton, President & CEO of CLEDA


Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is the regional economic development organization for the ten parishes of Central Louisiana. CLEDA provides a wide variety of economic development services including recruitment, retention, and development of major employers; building knowledge platforms and networks to achieve higher levels of educational achievement and skills training; and regional innovation initiatives in entrepreneurship, food systems development, and maker communities. CLEDA prides itself on being an innovative, mission-driven organization.


Larkin and his family have taken active roles in the communities in which they have lived serving on many boards and civic organizations. Larkin brings with him his wife Rebekah, their two sons, Ethan (8) and Noah (4).