• Leadership St. Landry Hosts Economic Development Day

    Focusing on innovation and economic development, Leadership St. Landry and the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce hosted its second day of programming at The Grand Coteau House Ballroom in Grand Coteau Wednesday, Feb.10. The focus day featured regional and statewide speakers and was sponsored by MedExpress Emergency Services.

    During the day-long event, Leadership St. Landry members were treated to a day of insight into the future of economic development and innovation for St. Landry parish and its surrounding areas. 

    Guest speakers for day two for Leadership St. Landry included Mark Majors, founder of Med Express Ambulance, Bill Rodier, Director and CEO of the St. Landry Parish Economic Development Group (SLED), Troy Wayman, President and CEO of One Acadiana (1A), Scott Rodgers, owner and Technical Director of Nobel Plastics, Ashley Mudd, Executive Director of Leadership Institute of Acadiana, as well as Mandi Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development.

    The panelists took questions and offered advice to Leadership participants on new and effective ways to improve the overall outlook of St. Landry Parish.

    The event overall was the start of an eight-month program for the St. Landry Chamber and its members

    “Day two was the perfect start for our Leadership St. Landry,” Raquella Manuel, President & CEO St. Landry Chamber of Commerce said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outlook of St. Landry and its economic future.”

    One of its session speakers, Majors, pointed to the value of proper leadership in the community of St. Landry Parish and the importance of innovation in the economy. 

    Following the keynote speakers, Leadership members toured the facilities of Rogers' Noble Plastics in Grand Coteau and were given a first-hand look at the company’s mission to make the product realization process pleasant and profitable.

    While at Nobel Plastics, Leadership St. Landry members were also given a leadership presentation by Ashley Mudd, Executive Director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana. 

    “We’re excited to help our members of our St. Landry Leasherip gain all the tools and experience they need to make their community a better place to live for everyone,” Manuel said. “This is just the start.”

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