The Governor’s Office of Rural Development represents a multifaceted, multidisciplinary outreach approach by Governor Jeff Landry to localities across Louisiana. All across this state, once-thriving communities have seen generations of young people leave in search of economic opportunities. The Rural Development team focuses on connecting federal, state, and local funding efforts to maximize the potential for community improvements. By building the systems necessary to sustain growth, this team is helping create new life and opportunity in Louisiana.

Gov. Landry has taken existing efforts to scale by pulling the Office of Rural Development under the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. This has created an integrated network of Regional Directors who serve the state in multiple capacities. Specific focus areas are economic development, education, healthcare, infrastructure, clean water, agriculture and forestry, workforce development, and broadband, as well as working to create opportunities with federal and regional grants and funding.


Team Members


Kyle Ardoin, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs




Karen Day White, Director of Office of Rural Development




Region 1    JT Hannan, Regional Director



· New Orleans Regional Planning Commission

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


Region 2    Major Coleman, Regional Director



· Capital Region Planning Commission

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


Region 3    Doug Cheramie, Regional Director



· South Central Planning and Development District

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


Region 4    Alison (Ali) Bates, Regional Director



· Acadiana Planning Commission

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


Region 5    Roby Dyer, Regional Director



· Southwest Louisiana Regional Planning Commission

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


Region 6    Azar Kayal, Regional Director



· Kisatchi Delta Regional Planning and Development District

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


Region 7    Shane Cheatham, Regional Director



· The Coordinating & Development Corporation

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


Region 8    North Delta Regional Planning & Development District

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


Any inquiries or comments can be directed to Karen.White3@LA.GOV