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The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

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.

CLEDA focuses on three major areas:

Education &

Our Mission is Accomplished by

  • Data

    We keep current data on all Central Louisiana parishes.
  • Marketing

    We market the region to a national audience through publications and websites.
  • Working with experts

    We work with expert consultants to provide educational opportunities to our members and information to potential industrial prospects
  • Promoting the Region

    We actively promote industrial locations within the region and maintaining a web based inventory of potential sites.
  • Communication

    Continuously communicating with existing businesses to maximize our business expansion and retention efforts.

Who We Are


  • "Central Louisiana has an excellent interstate highway system, rail system, river port, and the finest regional airport in the U.S."
    - Jim Waters, President & CEO - AFCO Industries
  • "I have been to many of the P&G sites around the world and I would stack the Alexandria plant up against any of them. Very strong work ethic, strong culture, the skills and capabilities of the people are very powerful."
    - Dennis Wimmert, Procter & Gamble
  • "CLEDA, along with Louisiana FastStart, have been incredible partners ... they are definitely the group to call when you need something and you need something fast."
    - Becky Klimek, Head of Human Resources - Sutherland Global Services
  • "Sits in the geographic middle of Louisiana ... warm climate and good air quality, solid economy, good tax situation, average home price $148,000"
    - Forbes Magazine Lists Alexandria in the Top 25, Places to Retire in 2012
  • "We did a thorough review of several geographies and opportunities to accommodate our growth as a company. When you consider all the variables such as transportation logistics, workforce availability, community support and business support from both the state and local level, it made no sense to expand our primary business anywhere but right here in Central Louisiana."
    - Bill Clark, Chief Operating Officer - Eclectic Products, Inc
  • "We can do business anywhere we want to ... we have chosen to remain in Central Louisiana because of its great workforce."
    - James Hayes, President - Hayes Manufacturing
  • "Central Louisiana is a great place to live and work. Our family has chosen to do business in Central Louisiana for generations, and we intend on doing business in Central Louisiana for generations to come."
    - Roy O. Martin, III, President - Roy O. Martin Companies



(318) 441-3400

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 465
Alexandria, LA 71309

Physical Address

900 4th Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, LA 71301

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