Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Two CENLA companies win Lantern Awards for Economic Development

admin | 13th August, 2018
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLEDA) – Southern Designs of Vidalia and Alliance Compressors of Natchitoches earned Louisiana Economic Development’s prestigious Lantern Award, an annual honor given to businesses that demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees. The two Central Louisiana companies were among only eight businesses receiving ...

Business In Focus Magazine: Innovative Entrepreneurship in Central Louisiana

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Business In Focus Magazine: Innovative Entrepreneurship in Central Louisiana
Combine an entrepreneurial ethos, a skilled workforce with a bent toward lifelong learning, automation startups, Fortune 100 manufacturers, private businesses operating on an international scale, four colleges and an enlightened and connected regional leadership and you have the recipe for making good things happen. And good things are exactly what are happening in Central Louisiana ...

Bill would extend I-14 farther east, through Bryan-College Station

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Lawmakers from three states have co-sponsored a bill to expand the Interstate 14 corridor, which has long been envisioned to pass through Bryan-College Station. According to the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, the group advocating for the interstate — eight Republican congressmen from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi — introduced a bill Monday to extend the ...

Project Blue unveiled: Vidalia Denim to prepare raw cotton for blue jean production

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Project Blue unveiled: Vidalia Denim to prepare raw cotton for blue jean production
Vidalia Denim was unveiled today as the entity behind the codename Project Blue that has now officially purchased from the Town of the Vidalia the vacant Fruit of the Loom facility. Vidalia Denim will purchase raw cotton, which it will then spin, dye and weave into the denim fabric. The company will ship the denim ...

Martco Announces $8 Million Upgrade To Chopin Wood Products Facility

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In Natchitoches Parish, RoyOMartin site will retain 680 jobs, create 14 new direct jobs CHOPIN, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and RoyOMartin President and CEO Roy O. Martin III announced the company will invest $8 million at its Chopin plywood and solid wood plant to install a new dry kiln designed to increase ...

Cool Planet to begin construction on Alexandria plant

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Cool Planet to begin construction on Alexandria plant
Cool Planet will begin construction of its production facility in Alexandria immediately, the company announced Wednesday. The plant, located at the Central Louisiana Regional Port, will produce Cool Terra, Cool Planet’s signature product, which the company says increases yield and quality of a wide range of crops when mixed with soil. The facility, which will serve as ...

Business Micro-Lending Supports Small Enterprises in Central Louisiana

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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

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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

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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 ...