KD serves as an analyst, strategist, and catalyst. We help the region and its communities assess data, determine tactics and approaches, and shape and influence outcomes of targeted public investments, leading to a more competitive region.
CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy)
The “capture” of the region’s long-term strategy is conducted through a process and resulting Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), completed once every five years, with annual reporting updates. Grassroots inclusion is encouraged in order to generate both awareness and involvement in regionalism. This includes this invitation to invite public contributions through comments and participation in the process.The frequency and depth of interaction between all levels ofstakeholders benefits increased capacity building and leadership development. ***Check out this year’s draft strategy. Please respond by May 15, 2019. NOTE: EMAIL comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community-Based Economic Development (Community Assistance)
Facilitation of community-based efforts, project development, and grant/application packaging services are provided for member communities. Technical Assistance is provided of projects ranging from the development of recreational complexes, rural development applications for such projects as fire departments or water systems, and namely industrial park/port development.
Supporting Infrastructure & Development that Supports the Business Climate
Assistance to businesses is available through referral or direct technical assistance services and the regional business climate supported with professional engagement amongst community leaders for the development of industrial parks, ports and similar facilities. Kisatchie-Delta offers assistance to civic organizations, chambers, and communities on industrial marketing and recruitment, for local or enhanced business expansion within the District, and project packaging to support related investments. Additionally, KD provides direct assistance to persons starting or growing small businesses.
Census Repository/Data Center Affiliate
As a sub-state Census data center, KD is a repository, and also has a small-collection library with various socio-economic data available to support development and capacity building. As a repository, Kisatchie-Delta also receives Census and other public-data oriented updates, such as the Louisiana Labor Market Monthly Update, and various development-related reports, studies, and data.
Tourism development contributes to economic development through the attraction of outside dollars into the local economy and also serves to improve the quality of life through local celebration of assets, both cultural and historical. And this region is a distinct crossroads of cultures.
Scenic Byways, including the Louisiana Colonial Trails Scenic Byway, and the Atchafalaya Trace Heritage Area, are secondary routes designated in the State’s Byways program as a means to help attract visitors. Too, we are members of the Central Louisiana Attraction Association to help provide local area marketing involvement on a regional basis.
Additionally, staff work with the region’s tourism development and marketing professionals and volunteers on efforts like the updated Northup Trail through Central Louisiana, including notable locations and contemporary sites to the setting of Solomon Northup’s 12 Years A Slave. The trail is significantly based on work by Dr. Sue Eakin and other historians and community members from the mid-1980s.