Organization and History

Organization & Leadership…

Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District is a public commission, Region 6 State Planning District, and essentially ‘owned’ by our member governing jurisdictions, municipal and parish governments. KD operates as a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization

The agency has Federal recognition as a local development district by the Delta Regional Authority and an economic development district by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Too, KD is a sub-state data center for the State of Louisiana and a regional clearinghouse for project review.

Policy and programming direction is set through the oversight of a regional board of up to 34 members, representing municipal and parish government throughout the 8 parishes and including diverse representation for economic development, the business climate, workforce, higher education, the growth center, and participation by a Federally recognized tribal government.

PRESIDING OFFICERS
Mayor Mike Robertson, President
Mayor Hiram Evans, 1st Vice President
Mayor Derrick Johnson, 2nd Vice President
The Honorable John Landry, Secretary

History & Legal Authority…

Local governments were encouraged to collaborate regionally following passage of The Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (Pub.L. 89−136, 79 Stat. 552) that established the Economic Development Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide grants to economically distressed communities to support employment and industrial and commercial growth. The Gulf South Research Institute analyzed communities of interest in the “Delineation of Economic Development Districts in Louisiana”.

The municipalities and parishes of central Louisiana organized in 1967 to create Kisatchie-Delta Economic Development Council, Inc. and received status a 501(c) 4. In 1968, the organization was the first regional organization in Louisiana chartered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. Though recognized annually by the governor’s executive orders, the Legislature enabled the organizations as public commissions, establishing the purpose and delineation the regions legally by amendment of Title 33, Sections 140.61 and 140.62.

Section 1. Subpart F of Part IV of Chapter I of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, comprised of Sections 140.61 and 140.62, is hereby enacted to read as follows:

SUBPART F. STATE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS

§140.61. Purpose

The legislature finds that problems of growth and development in urban and rural regions of the state, along the boundary lines of local government units that no single unit can plan for their solution without affecting other units in the region; that various multi-parish planning activities conducted under various laws of the United States are being conducted for an uncoordinated manner; that intergovernmental cooperation on a · regional basis is an effective means of pooling the resources of local government to approach common problems; and that the assistance of the state is needed to make the most effective use of local, state, federal, and private programs in serving the citizens of such urban and rural regions.

It is the purpose of this act to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and to insure the orderly and harmonious coordination of state, federal, and local comprehensive planning, and development programs for the solution and resolution of economic, social, physical, and governmental problems of the state and its citizens by providing for the creation and recognition of regional planning and development commissions

Funding

Local government dues provide a vital portion of the agency’s operations cost and helps to assure continued access to funding targeting regionalism from the Economic Development Administration and the Delta Regional Authority. These resources are leveraged by grants, professional services contracts, and creative programming that provides services to the region while supporting the agency.

KD has no long-term debt. Membership dues provide a vital portion of the agency’s operations cost and helps to assure continued access to EDA and DRA funding and ongoing professional services to our membership and their constituencies. These resources are leveraged by grants, cooperative agreements, and creative programming that provide services to the region.