West Feliciana Named Louisiana Development Ready Community
Statewide program adds its first parishwide participant
Parish President Kenny Havard accepted the award from LED officials during a West Feliciana Parish Council meeting this week. West Feliciana is the 43rd community to earn the LDRC designation and the first parish to do so. The other 42 participants are municipalities.
“Local communities throughout Louisiana that take the initiative to prepare themselves for economic growth are very important,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “We are happy to see West Feliciana Parish join these ranks and applaud their leadership. Through the Louisiana Development Ready Communities Program, communities can position themselves to attract new business investment and recruit quality jobs. This is achieved by focusing on unique strategies to become better prepared and, when evaluated, more competitive. We congratulate West Feliciana Parish for undertaking this rigorous program, and we are happy to welcome the parish to the LDRC Program.”
The LDRC Program encourages communities to devise and implement a written plan to leverage assets and address their particular challenges. A typical community plan includes strategies to address education, workforce development, infrastructure, leadership, marketing and communications.
“This is a milestone for West Feliciana Parish, and it comes at an important time,” Havard said. “This parishwide effort is enhanced by the new spirit of collaboration that is developing between the parish and our only municipality, the town of St. Francisville. As we work together on issues such as tourism growth, including our Mississippi Riverfront Gateway Development project, we can generate new economic activity and create more good jobs for our citizens.”
The LDRC process enables participating communities to chart their progress from year to year, even across changes in political administrations. Once a municipality or parish is accepted into the program, it must implement six elements of its plan within a year.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our growing parish,” said Jim A. Cavanaugh, director of economic development for West Feliciana Parish. “We will continue to excel through collaboration, teamwork and open dialogue between the town of St. Francisville and the parish. We look forward to continuing our valued partnership with Louisiana Economic Development and remain committed to strategically preparing our community for economic growth.”
Additional communities in the state are working toward certification through the LDRC Program. For more information about the LDRC Program, visit the LED website or contact LED Director of Community Competitiveness Stacey Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225.342.4703.
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