Maker Mornings

Maker Mornings is a quarterly speaker series connecting and inspiring makers of all types from across Central Louisiana.

Making! It’s a vital part of Central Louisiana. 

Who are MAKERS? 

MAKERS are people and companies that create things & ideas. MAKERS are: builders, artists, manufacturers, storytellers, chefs, fabricators, restaurateurs, suppliers, thinkers, and doers! 

According to AdWeek, the maker movement is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Fairs that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.

CLEDA builds on this concept, adding that the manufacturers of today are MAKERS - innovating to stay competitive and creating value across the landscape.

Throughout 2017, CLEDA will be highlighting many of the exceptional MAKERS in central Louisiana. 

Register your MAKER business, or nominate someone you know, and let us tell your story across the state and nation! 

Our next Maker Mornings event is set for Tuesday, November 14th!

This Happy Hour edition of Maker Mornings will be held from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at The Gem in downtown Alexandria and feature a keynote address from the develop of ActiveMapper, a first of its kind app for searching, tracking, and locating all things outdoors. 

Register now for this special event! 

Maker Mornings is always free, but registration is encouraged. For more information about Maker Mornings, contact John Cotton Dean at 318-441-3424. 

To learn more about ActiveMapper, visit  

Maker Mornings is a quarterly event the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance launched in 2015 to bring local makers together to unlock their creative potential. The event is free of charge and includes light food and beverages. 

Meet The Makers

Central Louisiana Maker Map

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