Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

LSUA Receives $460,000 gift for Nursing Program

admin | 04th February, 2020
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LSUA Receives $460,000 gift for Nursing Program
LSUA Foundation receives $460,000 gift for LSUA Nursing Program Expansion Seeks to increase number of registered nurses in Central Louisiana workforce​ Alexandria, LA – The LSUA Foundation has received a philanthropic contribution from six community partners – RoyOMartin, Rapides Regional Medical Center, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Central Management, Magnolia Management, and the Central Louisiana ...

Louisiana Rural Prosperity Summit

admin | 30th January, 2020
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Louisiana Rural Prosperity Summit
Two Days of Focus on the Special Challenges/Opportunities Facing Rural Louisiana About this Event Join us for two days of national experts, inspiring stories, and breakthrough rural solutions. This summit will provide insights as to why rural economic development is different and provide ideas, inspiration, and proven solutions to overcoming the challenges faced by rural ...

KNOWLEDGE 2030: The Central Louisiana Decade of Learning

admin | 04th November, 2019
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KNOWLEDGE 2030: The Central Louisiana Decade of Learning
We the Undersigned believe that education is the portal for progress and opportunity in Central Louisiana. We believe that driving up the levels of educational achievement in the region is both necessary and doable. We believe that collaboration among educational institutions and our civic and business partners is the best way to pursue both our ...

The Future of Entrepreneurship in Central Louisiana

admin | 09th September, 2019
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The Future of Entrepreneurship in Central Louisiana
Kate Pope Hodel, Co-author of Beyond Collisions: How to Build your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure, will speak at the Quarterly Innovation Luncheon in September.   Beyond Collisions: How to Build your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure is the field guide to building and sustaining entrepreneurship in your community.  Kate will share what she has learned about building entrepreneurial support networks, including four ...

U. S. Army announces partnership with Boise Cascade

admin | 13th August, 2019
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U. S. Army announces partnership with Boise Cascade
                              The U.S. Army and Boise Cascade signed a partnership agreement on August 6, 2019, as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) programat the Boise Cascade Headquarters in Lena, La.   Boise Cascade manufactures engineered wood products, ...

2019 Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy

admin | 24th July, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Larkin Simpson at (318) 441-3400 lsimpson@cenla.org Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Announces 2019 Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy   ALEXANDRIA (July 24, 2019) — Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) today announced, in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL), it will host the ...

CLEDA Quarterly Innovation Luncheon on the Rural Economy

admin | 01st February, 2019
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CLEDA Quarterly Innovation Luncheon on the Rural Economy
Entrepreneurship and the Rural Community: That’s the theme of CLEDA’s upcoming Quarterly Innovation Luncheon. It will take place on Monday, February 11 at 11:45 AM in the Convention Room at Alexandria City Hall. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Rabenstott, an entrepreneur and global thought leader. He co-founded and is Chairman of MarketSquare, a company delivering ...

Meet Ben

admin | 04th January, 2019
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  Ben Hartman grew up on a 450-acre corn and soybean farm and started his first CSA the summer after graduating from high school. Rachel Hershberger grew up in town but her family had a huge garden and canned a lot. We met at Goshen College, where we both graduated with liberal arts degrees, and ...

Meet Josh

admin | 02nd January, 2019
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Josh Volk has been working on Small Farms for the past 20 years. He started as a mechanical engineer with a garden. Volunteering in community gardens on the weekends he was inspired by to learn production techniques and apprenticed on a tractor scale farm in California before managing farms and setting up tractor based systems ...

Meet Gary

admin | 26th December, 2018
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  In 2006, Gary joined CLEDA as a business coach and in 2008, he was named the Executive Director of the Business Acceleration System (BAS). Over the last 4 years, Perkins has organized several StartUp Weeknd events, served as a judge at two annual Louisiana Tech University’s Top Bulldog Pitch Competition, and been selected to facilitate ...