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Grants and Loans Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Seeking Major Employers Division Leader
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is the regional economic development organization for the Ten Parishes of Central Louisiana. CLEDA provides a wide variety of economic development services including recruitment, retention and development of major employers; building knowledge platforms and networks to achieve higher levels of educational achievement and skills training; and regional innovation initiatives in entrepreneurship, food systems development, and maker communities. CLEDA prides itself on being an innovative, mission-driven organization.
CLEDA is seeking a bright, energetic and experienced person to lead its Major Employers Division. Reporting directly to CLEDA’s President/CEO, this person will be responsible for recruitment, retention and expansion of businesses within the region. The Division is the primary contact for delivery of state-managed services from Louisiana Economic Development throughout the region. The Division supports and facilitates the activities of the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council. In addition, the Division is responsible for the site certification process in the region.
The person chosen to lead this division will be responsible for:

  • Creating and executing marketing plans in support of CLEDA’s “Central Louisiana: We Make Good Stuff” brand.
  • Networking with local, state, regional and national organizations to further the purposes of the Division and the organization.
  • Presenting to community, municipal, parish and state entities in support of the Division’s purpose.
  • Collaborate with and support the President/CEO in the development and management of the annual budget, financial records, and board communications.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4+ years of economic development experience.
  • Documented experience in recruiting new businesses into a region. If you have not led successful economic development recruitment efforts, you will not be considered for this position.
  • Experience with finance, budgeting and long-term business planning.
  • Possess a leadership style that is ethical, open, trustworthy and collaborative.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as necessary.
  • Willingness and ability to locate in the Alexandria, Louisiana metropolitan area (if not already resident here).

Salary and Benefits: CLEDA will provide a competitive wage and benefit package for the right person for this job. Specifics will depend on the selected candidate’s experience and background.
APPLY by e-mail only. Provide your resume, including work history, education background, references, and other evidence of leadership (along with a cover letter if you prefer) to For additional information on CLEDA, please review our website at

JEDCO Seeking Economic Development Finance Manager
The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complimentary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing, and creating new business in our area.  JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship, and investment in Jefferson Parish.
Position Description
The Economic Development Finance Manager is responsible for providing and assisting businesses in the acquisition of public and private capital in order to promote JEDCO’s economic development activities by stimulating business retention, expansion and attraction efforts. The ideal candidate possesses the knowledge, skills, and sincere interest in the Economic Development and Finance industries.  Prospective applicants will have the chance to work alongside passionate and talented individuals to advance the overall economic viability of Jefferson Parish and ultimately the Greater New Orleans region. The Economic Development Finance Manager will report directly to JEDCO’s President/CEO.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an annual strategy to promote JEDCO’s financing programs to lenders, businesses, etc. through various business development and marketing efforts
  • Provide technical assistance to loan candidates, lenders, government officials and professional service providers
  • Underwrite, package and present loan requests to the JEDCO Finance Committee and make recommendations for approval
  • Manage JEDCO’s Loan Portfolio by performing loan reviews, site visits, assessing financial statements and processing loan servicing requests
  • Manage, mentor and provide professional development of Financing Department staff
  • Collaborate with and assist the President, Vice President, Economic Development Services, Strategic Initiatives and Marketing Departments with business retention, expansion and attraction efforts
  • Administer a targeted Façade Improvement Program and recommend other innovative uses of revolving loan funds
  • Other duties as assigned
Professional Attributes and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting, with EDFP certification preferred
  • Government lending experience or at least five years commercial lending experience, or a combination of consumer and commercial lending
  • Managerial skills
  • Strong communication, marketing and business development skills desired
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills necessary
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs with a proficiency in loan management software preferred

Salary commensurate with credentials.  Forward resume and cover letter to JEDCO, Attn: Human Resources, 700 Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094 or Resumes will be accepted through May 1, 2017.  EEO


South Central Industrial Association is seeking an Executive Director to develop and implement various programs for the organization, including but not limited to government relations, fundraising, and accomplished public speaking. The position is a self-disciplined executive leadership role that will represent the organization on a local, regional, state and national level. SCIA is seeking a highly-motivated individual who can build the organization and work closely with members, strategic partners, business alliances and governmental leaders. The candidate will be responsible for the management of all administrative duties. Reports directly to the board of directors and serves as the liaison for officers, directors, and committee chairs. Requires use of excellent grammar, technical and business vocabulary and a detailed knowledge of leadership ability, workforce initiatives and program development.

BS/BA college degree with emphasis on business development/management, marketing, or communications
Writing skills are essential.
Self motivated and has good organizational skills
Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in management
Media, marketing and public relations knowledge and experience
Government relations experience a plus
Computer skills required.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Knowledge of basic bookkeeping required

Send a cover letter, resume, three references with contact information and portfolio (if available) to or the above information may be mailed to Attention: SCIA Executive Director, PO Box 2143, Houma, LA 70361 All documents must be submitted in PDF form. Closing date is June 15, 2017.