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Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

8:57am

Tue November 4, 2014
Business

Small farming dreams abound in Central Louisiana

Credit backdoorjobs.com

Dozens of aspiring small farmers in Central Louisiana are taking a six-week course on how to work their land and make it into a business.

For the first time, the Alexandria-based Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance or CLEDA is offering a course called “Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.”

Gary Perkins runs CLEDA’s business acceleration system. He says CLEDA partnered with LSU AgCenter to offer an overview on how to start a small farming operation.

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8:36am

Mon August 11, 2014
Local

Central Louisiana school sought for Harvest of the Month farm-to-school project

A new pilot program in Louisiana aims to get locally grown food into school cafeterias.

The Harvest of the Month project seeks one school in central Louisiana to participate in the grant.

The goal is to increase access to local produce in schools, encourage students to make healthy food choices, and deliver a curriculum that informs students where their food comes from in support of the local foods movement, according to John Dean, regional food systems planner at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

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2:36pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Business

Central La. economic development firm hires food systems planner

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.

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11:30am

Mon September 24, 2012
Business

Cenla leader lauds rise of creative class in Shreveport

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.