JEDCO Outlines Decade’s Worth Of Accolades, Growth

 FAIRFIELD, LA – In the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission’s (JEDCO’s) most recent newsletter, the business developer sites a decade’s worth of progress and positive national press:



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• Forbes reported the New Orleans region has the #1 increase in college graduates in the USA and called the area America's #1 new brain power city.


• The New York Times highlighted $15 billion-worth of new flood protection in the region.

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• Southern Business and Development ranked Greater New Orleans #1 for economic development wins in the last 10 years and ranked Louisiana #1 in major business projects per capita in the country.


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• New Geography lauded the region’s growth within the IT industry, naming the area the fastest growing tech sector in America.


• The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is the fastest growing airport in the country. This year, it is on track to welcome 10 million passengers. That's a record for the facility.


• JEDCO played a major role in attracting large companies such as Dyno Nobel, the Smoothie King international headquarters and NOLA Motorsports Park to Jefferson Parish.


• In ten years, JEDCO approved 193 loans with a total project value of over $114 million.


• JEDCO’s economic development team scheduled 1,490 business retention meetings in ten years to help local companies grow.


• JEDCO helped to create jobs and investment in the community through an array of services available to all who operate businesses in Jefferson Parish.


• JEDCO recently created an infographic that details the economic wins experienced in a decade. Click here to take a look:


• TriWest Healthcare Alliance announced plans to locate a new operations center in Jefferson Parish, creating 285 jobs in its first year of business. The company provides military veterans and their families with access to quality care.


• Zatarain's in Gretna hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and root beer toast to commemorate the expansion of its facility.


• The Avondale Shipyard site is up for sale. Huntington Ingalls Industries hired Colliers International to market the former shipyard.


• Dyno Nobel announced the completion of construction on its ammonia tank. The global leader in the chemical industry says construction of the total facility, which will be located at Cornerstone Chemical Company in Waggaman, is 75% complete. The ammonia production plant is on track to open in late 2016.


• At Home, the home décor superstore, opened its first Louisiana location in Kenner in early July.


• Idea Village unveiled the first 29 companies in the NOLA 100, a list of startup companies that have had a major impact on the entrepreneurial community. Big Easy Blends, one of JEDCO's nominees, made the list. Several former JEDCO Challenge semifinalists, including Your Nutrition Delivered, were also recognized.


• A new report by "Only in your State" ranked Kenner among the safest cities in Louisiana.


• Thumbtack awarded Louisiana an "A" for Small Business Friendliness.



         Upcoming Prosper Jefferson seminars include:


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Business Financing

East Bank Regional Library

Jefferson Room

4747 W. Napoleon Ave.

Metairie, LA  70001

9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marketing – Public Relations

East Bank Regional Library

Jefferson Room

4747 W. Napoleon Ave.

Metairie, LA  70001

9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.


         All Prosper Jefferson events are free and open to the public.


         JEDCO will also be hosting a seminar called “Government Contracting: Everything You Wanted to Know Plus a Little Lagniappe,” on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Parkway, Fairfield, LA.

         This useful and fact-filled seminar will cover topics including marketing to the government, tips on getting started, the bid process, government contracting levels, dollar thresholds, electronic commerce, specifications, certifications, award evaluation factors, set aside programs, subcontracting, assistance available, and more.

         The free event is sponsored by JEDCO and the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

         The speaker will be Cindy Carrier, Procurement Consultant, LA PTAC. Pre-registration is preferred.


         Register for the above events here




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