Louisiana’s first certified site unveiled in Donaldsonville

Staff reports

Ascension Parish and Donaldsonville officials gathered on  Nov. 2 at the Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park to unveil the first property certified under Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Economic Development Sites program.

The program is designed to make the state more competitive for economic development deals by building an inventory of “shovel ready” properties.

Each certified site undergoes stringent criteria for certification including extensive examination and documentation of the property’s suitability for economic development projects.

AEDC President & CEO Mike Eades thanked the Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board for working with AEDC through this process.

“We are delighted that this site is now uniquely positioned as a serious contender for new development prospects”, Eades said.

The DIDB is the owner and developer of the park.

Board Chairman August Tassin expressed delight in the park being named LED’s first Certified Site.

“This certification recognizes the hard work and dedication of our board members, past and president, who have volunteered to build the local economy for the betterment of all,” he said.

Business development creates jobs that build opportunities for families and contribute to the community through purchasing power and sales taxes, he said.

“These taxes allow for more services and infrastructure and better schools. Everyone benefits when a new job is created locally,” Tassin said.

Parish President toTommy Martinez said Donaldsonville and West Ascension will reap the benefits of the certification for years to come.

“Donaldsonville is honored to be the first Louisiana site certified under the Louisiana Certified Economic Development Sites program,” said Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan.  “This site will provide a platform for economic activity that will benefit both Donaldsonville and Ascension Parish.