BATON ROUGE, La. — Following a recent meeting with the regional directors of the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, Gov. John Bel Edwards is encouraging rural communities to reach out to the Office for help taking advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Justice40 initiative. 

“Louisiana’s rural areas are the lifeblood of our state, and I have tasked my administration with doing everything we can to revitalize these communities,” said Gov. Edwards. “More resources are available for rural communities now than ever before and our Office of Rural Development is here to help local communities access those federal dollars."

Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington and his team are offering hands-on assistance to Louisiana’s rural communities, their local officials, and businesses. The Office of Rural Development wants to help rural communities participate in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Justice40 initiative which requires that 40 percent of the federal BIL funding be spent in impoverished and disadvantaged communities across the United States.

Local projects will be focused on but not limited to the nine pillars of rural development: broadband, clean water, economic development, education, finance, healthcare, infrastructure, workforce development and agriculture.

Contact information for your local regional director and for the Office of Rural Development can be found below and at https://gov.louisiana.gov/page/rural-development-office.  

 

Noble Ellington, Executive Director

318-282-2582

Noble.ellington@la.gov

 

Ali Armstrong, Executive Assistant and Communications Director

225-252-8234

Ali.armstrong@la.gov

 

1. Regional Planning Commission

Parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines 

Diane Hollis, Regional Director

225-481-3144

margaret.hollis@la.gov

 

2. Capital Region Planning Commission

Parishes: Ascension, EBR, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana 

Major Coleman, Regional Director

225-328-3692

major.coleman@la.gov

 

3. South Central Planning and Development District

Parishes: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne

Michelle Eroche, Regional Director

225-481-3145

michelle.eroche@la.gov

 

4. Acadiana Planning Commission 

Parishes: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion

Position Vacant — Contact Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington for assistance.

Noble Ellington, Executive Director

318-282-2582

Noble.ellington@la.gov

 

5. Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis

Emily Stine, Regional Director

225-328-1643

emily.stine@la.gov

 

6. Kisatchi Delta Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, Winn

Lindlay Howell, Regional Director

225-324-9216

lindlay.howell@la.gov

 

7. Coordinating & Development District

Parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine. Webster 

Carlos Jones, Regional Director

225-329-7419

carlos.jones@la.gov

 

8. North Delta Regional Planning & Development District

Parishes: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll 

Bubba Chaney, Regional Director

225-324-9351

charles.chaney@la.gov