Press Quotes - Economic Development Reorganization

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy:

“The hard work of these private sector organizations is critical to an effective and unified community response to continuing needs of local business and attracting new business. To the extent these changes will streamline services and make roles clear, my administration is supportive.”

Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields:

“We have worked hard the past eleven years to put the City of Pineville in a position to have a seat at the table of our region’s economic development team, and I’m very proud of what we all have accomplished. We have formed relationships and worked together to communicate a message that has gotten the attention of State and Federal leaders, as well as site selectors around the country.

The City of Pineville looks forward to working with this new merger of people and financial support, to work toward one cause…the expansion of our region’ economy, and better job opportunities for all who live and work here.”

England Air Park Executive Director Jon Grafton:

“The success of England Airpark is due in large part to business and government leaders breaking the chains of division and collaborating to create a new model for success.  We congratulate the Chamber of Commerce and CAP in their merger to create a new collaborative economic development model for our region.  England Airpark looks forward to partnering with CLEDA to create a new era of economic progress for the people of Central Louisiana”

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret:

"The future economic growth of Central Louisiana increasingly will depend on the extent to which its various parishes can work together to cultivate their collective potential utilizing regional economic development strategies. Success will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to focused leadership and resources, each of which are being strengthened by the new CLEDA. Just as other regions in Louisiana have seen the benefits of focused regional economic development efforts, so too will Central Louisiana. We look forward to partnering with the new CLEDA to help maximize the economic potential of Central Louisiana."

GAEDA Executive Director Clifford J. Moller:

Consolidation promotes efficient expansion; GAEDA applauds the creation and regional efforts of the NEW CLEDA.”

Michael T. Johnson:

North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance was founded upon the unique interests and goals of industry and small business located in north Rapides parish and Grant parish. Utilizing joint ideas, energy and resources central La will be in a better position to move our region forward if we work together.  Based upon the mutual goals and benefits of regional development NRBIA is enthusiastically supportive of a coordinated effort to market, promote and facilitate economic stability and growth in our region and in our state. The creation of a central organization made up of all parts of our community will be a tremendous step towards a better life for our families, our businesses and our future.”

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