John Cotton Dean is working with 10 parishes in Central Louisiana to help develop a local food economy.
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has hired a regional food systems planner to create a marketplace that encourages the buying and selling of local produce in the alliance’s 10-parish region. John Cotton Dean is beginning to map out his new job. He started last month. He says it’s very forward thinking that the grant-funded job is housed within an economic development agency.
Jim Clinton, president of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, is the featured speaker at tomorrow's Biomedical Foundation of Northwest Louisiana luncheon highlighting innovation and economic development. Clinton says Louisiana has made marked progress in recruiting and developing new companies, with Shreveport-Bossier seeing a rise of the creative class.