Regional Planning & Community Based Economic Development
The agency serves as an umbrella organization to enhance the creation of jobs and the betterment of the overall quality of life. Eight planning districts provide services to all 64 parishes in Louisiana and make up the Louisiana Association of Planning & Development Districts.
The Board of Directors meets quarterly for business meetings and ongoing planning. Tentative dates for 2020 are January 30, April 30, June 30, and October 29, with the latter also serving as the Annual Membership and Board Meeting.
The eight parish region has maintained an annual planning process since its charter by the Economic Development Administration in 1967. Annual plans are developed and published as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
Public participation and comments are welcome on a continuing basis. The plan and/or update is issued as the region’s “CEDS”, annually, by June 30, and submitted to the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, Austin Regional Office. For a copy of the plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic version to be emailed. A copy may also be viewed at the offices. Appointments are encouraged to assure staff availability for assistance.
Census Repository/Data Center Affiliate
A public library with various socio-economic data is available to support community development. As a repository, Kisatchie-Delta also receives Census 2000 updates, the Louisiana Labor Market Monthly Update, and various development-related reports, studies, and data.
Business Retention & Industrial Marketing
Assistance to businesses is available through referral or direct technical assistance services and generally through our professional engagement with community leaders for the development of industrial parks. Kisatchie-Delta offers assistance to civic organizations, chambers, and communities on industrial marketing and recruitment, for local or outside business expansion within the District, and project packaging to support related investments.
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. Scenic Byways, including the Louisiana Colonial Trails, and the Atchafalya Trace Heritage Area, are secondary routes designated in the State’s Byways program as a means to help attract visitors.Additionally, staff are working with the region’s tourism development and marketing professionals and volunteers on an update to the Northup Trail through Central Louisiana, 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.
Kisatchie-Delta provides technical assistance to private businesses and local government. These state-wide incentives are primarily for job creation and are available for new or expanding projects. Technical assistance is also available on Federal programs, particularly the national designation of the Central and North Louisiana Renewal Communities by HUD.
Facilitation, grant writing, and project development 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 industrial park development.