KD continues its ambitious and awesome tradition of facilitating local, region, state, and multi-regional efforts to benefit our communities!
Check out the variety of initiatives, efforts, projects, programs, and partnerships undertaken to complement plans and implementation of our region’s COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY:
43 Parishes & Telehealth
KD’s collaborative consultation to benefit Louisiana Rural Health Association, partnering with Governor’s Office, other Planning & Development Districts, and funding by DRA and USDA to support advancements in tele-healthcare expansion, and in workforce digital skill enhancement by the Louisiana Virtual Medicine Alliance. Teaming with the Governor’s Office, various State and Federal agencies (significant investments just announced and launched by DRA and USDA ~ $1.75m), non-profits, providers, and LRHA and their partner LVMA advance telehealth in 43 parishes
Announced April/May 2021 and currently underway!
Broadband Initiative Targeting Strategy: maps, priorities, targets, and
Active partnering with LAPDD-LDOTD-and the BEL Commission for a statewide Broadband Initiative Targeting Strategy for improved mapping, developing regional strategies, and for developing recommendations to guide the future of Louisiana’s broadband priorities — supported in part by EDA, the Delta Regional Authority’s dra.gov/speedtest, the Louisiana Office of Community Development, and by concerted investments of expertise and in-kind supports leveraged by each of Louisiana’s Planning & Development Districts.
Digital Engagement and District’s online connections
KD’s hyflex environment has inspired us to integrate methods for online exchange:
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Recovery and Resilience
Post Laura/Delta, adjacent and overlapping regions of central and north central Louisiana continue engaging with the Federal Interagency Recovery Exchange to support rethinking and revisiting flood risk, ecological integrity — and the real implications of sustainable industry and economic recovery.
Watershed Moments discussion series initial launch April 21-22nd and continuing…
Watershed 2 Regional Coordination and Support with the partnership support of RAPC
Administering provisional watershed 2 under Louisiana’s Watershed Initiative. This re-examines recovery from The Great Floods of 2016 with mitigation, evidence-based decision making, and a governance model determined by a regional steering committee with professional staff support.
Launched 1/31/2020 and ongoing!
STEAM “Campus Connections and Learning Space” at Vernon Parish Schools with LED…supporting Fort Polk and the JRTC
Assisting the partnering LED and Vernon Parish Schools to add 9 buildings, outdoor learning spaces, and other improvements of $7.5 mm with the Defense Communities Infrastructure program.
Pending design, NEPA compliance with cooperating partnership support of Fort Polk/JRTC, anticipated construction start by August 2021…
Community and Business Services
ongoing for aligned resilience and competitiveness
strategies supporting economic recovery
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Continuing supports for business and community resiliency through both direct assistance, partnering to enhance the region’s ecosystem, and engaging with LED’s Small and Emerging Business Development Program
Encouraging and assisting our members and their eligible constituencies with the States’ Economic Development Award Program and/or other available competitive opportunities for communities/non-profits with DRA, EDA, USDA, and project assistance, funding, resources, and/or other programming…
ONGOING… SEDAP currently open! DRA’s Workforce Opportunity resource soon with forthcoming pre-application workshops!
Strategic and Special Projects are ongoing to position the region for competitive advantage, to draw new investments and to facilitate traditional and soft infrastructure for improved connections of communities and businesses to opportunities and resources.
Highlights, honors, and other acknowledgements:
- In 2018 the Austin Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration addressed the region’s Annual Membership to mark the milestone and to applaud achievement from critical investments, ongoing planning, and regional excellence.
- The Louisiana Legislature commended KD for 50 years of service during the 2017 regular session by resolution, and KD was acknowledged for its ongoing meaningful work accomplished with the region and predominately rural communities, including having received particular privilege of the region’s Honorable Representatives’ standing shoulder to shoulder on the House floor, reading the Resolution aloud and initiating ovation from the Chambers.
- In 2017, Kisatchie-Delta RPDD and the City of Pineville were awarded a Star of the Southwest for meaningful benefit achieved with EDA investment, having utilized public investment for infrastructure that facilitated retention of the region’s largest manufactured, private sector investment of more than $301 million (and continuing to generate investment), retention of more than 1,017 jobs and creation of more than 300 new, direct jobs.
- Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, supported by CLECO assistance, presented KD with an Achievement Award for “great partnership”, “superior performance, and many outstanding community contributions”, acknowledging 50 years of contributions to the region and the State of Louisiana.