Aviation Infrastructure Key to Economic Development in 21st Century

As railroads were to the 19th century and highways to 20th so is air travel to the 21st century.  The globalization of our economy continues with the swift moving of goods, people and information key to economic growth.  Airports, with safe runways, ramps, navigation aids, are key to opening Louisiana’s communities for economic development.  On any given day at AEX, numerous business travelers access the commercial services at the terminal.  Significantly, a large number of persons use corporate or general aviation to meet their business needs.

Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson ribbon cutting

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson hosted its grand opening Thursday evening. Their new facility is located at 100 Engineer Place, England Airpark.

Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson ribbon cutting

Press Quotes - Economic Development Reorganization

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy:

“The hard work of these private sector organizations is critical to an effective and unified community response to continuing needs of local business and attracting new business. To the extent these changes will streamline services and make roles clear, my administration is supportive.”

Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields:

Next Step Legislation, Following Hearing on Civilian BRAC Commission - April 6, 2011

Following a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday intended to assess whether a BRAC-like process could help the federal government eliminate thousands of excess properties and save taxpayers billions of dollars, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chairman of the panel, said he would move ahead with plans to introduce legislation authorizing the government to establish a civilian BRAC commission.

Economic Development Reorganization

DATE:          April 5, 2011

SUBJECT:    Economic Development Reorganization     

Contact:     Jim Clinton

Hearing to Assess Feasibility of a Civilian BRAC for Federal Office Space

A House panel next week will hold a hearing to evaluate whether a BRAC-like process can help the federal government eliminate thousands of excess properties and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

England Airpark Constructs $34.8 Million in Projects Without Issuing Debt!

Using a combination of self-generated revenue, State of Louisiana Aviation Trust Fund and Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Funds, the England Authority has sparked over $34.8 million in capital projects for our area. Projects ranged from noise abatement to fuel farm relocation to roundabout construction.  22 projects creating jobs for our community!

Louisiana Jumps to Third Best in the U.S. for Business Investment in 2010

Louisiana Economic Development Update
March 1, 2011 

State also ranked best in the U.S. on a per-capita basis in Site Selection magazine's "Governor's Cup" rankings.

Business Incentives Seminar

Louisiana Economic Development, Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning District and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce will be conducting an “Introduction to Business Incentives” seminar on March 31 from 8:30am until 12:00pm at the Chamber’s offices located at 1118 Third Street in Alexandria.  Representatives from Louisiana Economic Development will be there to provide information on the business incentive programs available to area businesses.  For more information you may contact Kisatchie-Delta at (318) 487-5454 or the Chambe

Roundabout Project Nearly Complete

Weather has delayed the opening of a traffic roundabout in England Airpark, but the work is almost finished.

"We're real close to the end," said Jon Grafton, executive director of the England Authority. "We've been delayed a little bit because of this cold weather, but we're getting close. We're not too far off, we just need a little warmer weather to get some of the striping and some other work done."