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Economic Development Skills

Certified Louisiana Economic Developer

Learn best practices in economic development to grow business, jobs, and capital investment in your community!

Economic Development Training....

with emphasis on Louisiana's assets, laws, incentives, workforce.

Parking Info, Hotels, Misc.



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Event Location:          Southeast Louisiana Business Center

Address:                    1514 Martens Drive – Hammond, LA  70401

Free parking is available on the south and east sides of the facility.

Southeastern Louisiana University's Southeast Louisiana Business Center is a regionally-based facility designed to facilitate economic development in the region. The Center is located in a newly renovated 17,000 square foot, two-story New Orleans French Quarter style building with close proximity to the Southeastern Louisiana University campus. Thirty-seven offices, abundant parking, professional management, great location, and a 1,300 square foot training center make the facility ideally suited for a regional economic development center.

What are nearby recommended hotels?

There are several nearby hotels. LIDEA recommends the following options as having always provided good service and a reasonable cost:

Courtyard by Marriott           1605 S. Magnolia Street, Hammond, LA 70403

                                            (Interstate 12 – Exit 40)

Phone:                                  (985) 956-7730

Group Rate:                          $109/night Special Rate for this program until May 20, 2019

Group Code:                         LIDEA

Click this link to reserve a room:



Holiday Inn                           1819 SW Railroad Avenue, Hammond, LA 70403

                                            (Interstate 12 – Exit 40)

Phone:                                  (985) 662-3877 

Web Address:                       Click here to reserve a room


Hampton Inn                        401 Westin Oak Drive, Hammond, LA 70130

                                            (Interstate 55 – Exit 31)

Phone:                                  (985) 419-2188 

Web Address:                       Click here to reserve a room


About LIDEA                                         Program Sponsors

The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) is a non-profit trade organization whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Louisiana through education, public policy advocacy, and collaboration; LIDEA is the voice of the profession in Louisiana. 

LIDEA started the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer program in 2008 to help practitioners become the best in the nation at growing economies in their communities. 

Our partners include LED (Louisiana Economic Development), USDA Rural Development and the Delta Regional Authority.  We are able to offer affordable, best in nation training due to their generous support!

We also enjoy generous support from AEP (American Electric Power) and GNO, Inc (Greater New Orleans, Inc.), who have both been supporters of helping community leaders learn economic development best practices for many years!

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