Louisiana Development
Ready Communities

The LDRC program prepares communities to competitively attract business development opportunities to their area. The LDRC provides coaching and expertise during the strategic planning process, and best-in-class community and economic development strategic planning resources. By connecting participating communities with an experienced resource team, the LDRC program creates development-ready, competitive communities across the state that are "open for business!"

Orange Areas = Federal Opportunity Zones in Louisiana

Blue Dots = Louisiana Development Ready Communities

City Name

Year | Pop. XX

Winnsboro

2020 | Pop. 4,910

Delhi

2016-2017 | Pop. 2,941

Rayville

2016-2017 | Pop. 3,720

Tallulah

2016-2017 | Pop. 7,181

Lake Providence

2016-2017 | Pop. 3,821

Oak Grove

2015 | Pop. 1,700

Bastrop

2016-2017 | Pop. 10,881

Ruston

2018 | Pop. 22,281

Minden

2013 | Pop. 12,992

Stonewall

2012 | Pop. 1,841

Leesville

2013 | Pop. 6,817

West Feliciana Parish

2020 | Pop. 15,625

Town of Berwick

2019 | Pop. 4,928

Patterson

2012 | Pop. 6,088

Morgan City

2019 | Pop. 12,080

Donaldsonville

2011 | Pop. 7,473

Gonzales

2018 | Pop. 10,933

Bogalusa

2011 | Pop. 12,044

Amite

2018 | Pop. 4,130

Hammond

2011 | Pop. 20,122

Baker

2012 | Pop. 13,890

Central

2011 | Pop. 27,548

Ville Platte

2011 | Pop. 7,351

Bunkie

2011 | Pop. 4,121

Bernice

2011 | Pop. 1,655

Springhill

2011 | Pop. 5,231

Gretna

2010 | Pop. 17,754

Covington

2010 | Pop. 9,058

New Roads

2010 | Pop. 4,831

St. Martinville

2010 | Pop. 6,094

Eunice

2010 | Pop. 10,379

Natchitoches

2010 | Pop. 18,299

Farmerville

2010 | Pop. 3,813

Slidell

2009 | Pop. 27,369

Houma

2009 | Pop. 33,707

Zachary

2009 | Pop. 15,565

New Iberia

2009 | Pop. 30,846

Crowley

2009 | Pop. 13,189

DeRidder

2009 | Pop. 10,578

Pineville

2009 | Pop. 14,557

West Monroe

2009 | Pop. 13,082

Arcadia

2009 | Pop. 2,927

Vivian

2009 | Pop. 3,707

Jena

2009 | Pop. 3,408

“Since the onset of the Louisiana Development Ready Community program, Donaldsonville has taken on a prestigious and innovative way to rebrand our city.”

Leroy Sullivan - Mayor of Donaldsonville

“Since the onset of the Louisiana Development Ready Community program, Donaldsonville has taken on a prestigious and innovative way to rebrand our city.”

Leroy Sullivan - Mayor of Donaldsonville

“SEBD is the perfect program to engage in to get some assistance in evaluating your company and finding out where your weaknesses are and also recognizing where your strengths are.”

Trudy Poret-Tarpan Construction, LLC

“My favorite thing about it [SEBD], is that I have a personal business counselor.”

Julie Mays-Julie Mays Interiors

“I wanted to join the CEO Roundtables, so I can speak to others that are walking the same path, having the same challenges and successes as I am.”

Iviana Stewart - Solscapes

“Since the onset of the Louisiana Development Ready Community program, Donaldsonville has taken on a prestigious and innovative way to rebrand our city.”

Leroy Sullivan - Mayor of Donaldsonville

"Being part of the LDRC enabled us to develop a plan of success for our community."

Adam Holland - Mayor of Oak Grove

"They will construct a personal plan just for your city. You are doing yourself an injustice if you don't get involved with LDRC."

Jennifer Vidrine - Mayor of Ville Platte

Louisiana Development Ready Communities

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