LIDEA Events

The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association provides educational opportunities on a wide range of current economic development topics and the opportunity for networking among peers. The conferences are held in different areas of the state for the convenience of the attendees and for the opportunity of the host city to feature its community.

In addition, the LIDEA Board meets quarterly to discuss issues of importance and make decisions that will continue to enhance and grow the organization for the membership. 

LIDEA Annual Conference

The LIDEA Annual Conference will take place on November 14-15, 2018 at the Lyceum in Baton Rouge.

Hotel Indigo has a room block available for LIDEA Members for a rate of $119/night.  Please use code LDA when making your reservation. 

Member Registration: $200 per person; rates increase on September 16 to $225 per person

Future Member Registration: $250 per person

Wednesday, November 14th

1:00   Opportunity Zone Workshop
         Sponsored by Breazeale Sachse Wilson

2:00   K.C. Conway, Chief Economist CCI Institute
         Site Location and Economics: What's Hot and What's Not

3:00  Jay Moon
          Future of Workforce

3:45   Workforce Panel
           Dr. Jim Henderson, University of Louisiana System President
           Dr. Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College System President
           Paul Helton, Louisiana FastStart

4:30  Scavenger Hunt

5:00-6:30  Reception

Thursday, November 15th

8:00  Networking Breakfast

8:25  Welcome from LIDEA President, Rhonda Reap-Curiel

8:35  Financial Report from LIDEA Treasurer, Don Allison

8:40   Mary Hebert, WAVTEQ
          FDI Trends and Strategies

9:25   Networking Break

9:30   Ron Starner, Site Selection Magazine
           Competitiveness: Louisiana vs. Peer States

10:15  State Update

11:00  Janet Ady, Ady Advantage
            Economic Development Redefined: People, Places, Politics

12:00   Lunch
            Chairwoman Updates, CLED Awards, Legislative Updates, Regional Updates

Thanks to our Conference Sponsors:




Site Selection Magazine
Baton Rouge Airport

Washington St. Tammany Electric
Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation