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                                   Stacey Neal, CLED

                                   Community Competitiveness, Louisiana Economic Development


Stacey Neal is the Director of Community Competitiveness with Louisiana Economic Development.  Prior to, she was the Executive Director of Economic Development for  Tangipahoa Parish.  She grew up in Tangipahoa Parish and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1991 earning a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.  Stacey has completed training through the Community Development Institute in Conway, AR, where she received the Professional Community and Economic Development certification .  Stacey also holds the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer certification through LIDEA.  She has served on committees for multiple Chambers of Commerce, was board member on the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Northshore Technical and Community College Advisory Board, a board member of Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA), Past President of Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association, sits on the Southeastern Marketing Program Advisory Board,  and is a graduate and past board member of Leadership Tangipahoa.   Stacey is currently participating in the Delta Leadership Institute, a program of Delta Regional Authority.


Stacey’s and her husband Michael, live in St. Helena Parish, have two daughters:  Jordyn, who attends La Tech University and Laken, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School.  The Neal’s are members of St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite.

Stacey had the following to say about the CLED training program:

“When this certification was first started in 2007, I knew that I wanted to take the time to go through the process to become a Certified Louisiana Economic Developer.  The course work for all of the classes has been above all expectations and the relationships I have built with my peers is amazing.  The Real Estate Development & Reuse and the Economic Development Finance classes were just two examples of courses that made me "think outside the box" to help grow and better my community.  I am grateful that my employer sees the value in continued education through the CLED process to keep the our parish up to date with current practices.”

Don Pierson, CEcD
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