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LAPDD is partnered with Louisiana Economic Development, through its Small Business Services and its Office of Community Outreach, to advance entrepreneurship — particularly focused on rural areas. Through this effort, the eight planning and development districts will promote the Small and Emerging Business Development program, relate LED business development strategies, and address the competitiveness of Louisiana’s communities by supporting small and emerging businesses.

LAPDD is tasked to perform outreach and engage predominately rural regions to help promote, encourage, and assist new business starts with more successful use of LED’s business tools. Much attention will be toward improving accessibility of information, awareness of LED resources, and financial or other assistance that can help entrepreneurs succeed. This includes the Districts functioning as conveners to facilitate improved collaboration within and amongst regions in addressing small business.… Continue reading? →


Click here for the 2014 Lantern Award Nomination Packet

THIS SECTION SHALL BEGIN THE NOMINATION NARRATIVE. EACH CATEGORY HAS A POINT VALUE. A TOTAL OF 100 POINTS IS POSSIBLE. THE CATEGORY POINT VALUE IS SHOWN.

1.      OVERVIEW/SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENTS. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS.

In narrative form, give an overview of the business, including significant historical events. Copies of newspaper and/or magazine articles can be included here (affix to white paper and properly identify).

2.      PRODUCTS/SERVICES OFFERED. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS.

In narrative form, give a description of the products/services offered by the company.

3.      EMPLOYEE GROWTH/PLANT INVESTMENTS/SALES. THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
Indicate the growth in number of employees over the past three calendar years, by year (2011, 2012, 2013). Put information in column form shown below.
Employees at end of 2011 ……………………………………………………………  10 points
Employees at end of 2012 ……………………………………………………………  10 points
Employees at end of 2013 ……………………………………………………………  10 points

4. EXPANSIONS IN DOLLAR AMOUNT, THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
Indicate the dollar amount of expansions over the past three calendar years, by year (2011, 2012, 2013). Put information in column form shown

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2013 Lantern Award Winners

District 1 – Big Easy Blends – Cordina New Orleans Cocktails, New Orleans (Orleans Parish)

District 2 -Moran Printing, Inc., Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish)

District 3 – The Dow Chemical Company – St. Charles Operations, Hahnville (St. Charles Parish)

District 4 – High Tech Components, Inc., Broussard (Lafayette Parish)

District 5 -Century Group, Inc., Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)

District 6 -BASF Corporation, Vidalia (Concordia Parish)

District 7 – Arcadia Gas Storage, LLC, Arcadia (Bienville Parish)

District 8 – Joe Gear Companies, Monroe (Ouachita Parish)

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Community Leaders Invited to Apply for year-long Executive Academy, Delta Leadership Institute

One of the priorities of the DRA is to improve the leadership skills of the region’s current and future leaders. The DLI is the vehicle through which the DRA pursues these efforts. The mission of the Delta Leadership Institute is to recognize, train, and develop 21st Century leadership skills in participants across the eight-state region in order to face the global challenges of the future. DLI and its alumni organization, the Delta Leadership Network, have and will continue to create a cadre of leaders that work together for future improvements to the region by “thinking and acting regionally.”

The application period for the upcoming DLI Executive Academy will be open Tuesday, August 20 – Friday, September 20. This is the first year the application will be available online, (check out www.dra.gov) through which applicants will be able to create a profile, complete an application, and upload recommendations to the DRA website. The opening session of the 2013-2014 Executive Academy will take place November 4-7, in Oxford, MS.

The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will be the administrative lead for this … Continue reading? →