Published 8:03 am Thursday, September 1, 2022

AMITE, La. – Louisiana Economic Development and the Governor’s Office of Rural Development will join local partners in southeast Louisiana on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to update stakeholders on the state’s ongoing rural revitalization efforts. 

The event is the third in a series of events that LED is leading in rural communities around the state to highlight regional economic development projects; provide an overview of the Strategic Plan for Rural Development created by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization; and offer information about available resources for rural communities. 

The Southeast Region event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite. In addition to LED and the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, representatives from the Louisiana Dept. of Health, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, Coastal Technical Assistance Center, local community colleges, regional and local economic development organizations and local planning districts will participate in the program.

The event is open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Register here.

For more information: 

  • Read the strategic plan for addressing concerns unique to rural Louisiana communities, which was produced by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization in 2021. The state continues to use that blueprint to deliver improvements in rural areas across the state.
  • Learn more about LED’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, targeting rural small businesses around the state for second-stage growth. It is the first project of its kind in the country, providing an integrated package of services – customized research, peer learning and leadership development – to specific, established rural companies.
  • Keep up with all the latest rural economic development project announcements on, the website devoted to Louisiana’s rural revitalization efforts.

About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant economy. It is the only state agency in the U.S. accredited by the International Economic Development Council, boasting award-winning programs like LED FastStart, rated the No. 1 customized workforce training program in the U.S. 13 years in a row. In 2021, LED attracted 64 new economic development projects representing over 18,100 new direct and indirect jobs, 9,700 retained jobs and more than $20.5 billion in new capital investment. Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and employers of all sizes at