Gov. John Bel Edwards, President and CEO Jeff Finkle of the International Economic Development Council and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson announced LED has earned recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. LED becomes the only statewide agency in the U.S. and one of only 61 economic development groups in the world to earn the AEDO status, which follows a more than yearlong documentation and site review process by the International Economic Development Council.

Finkle said earning the accreditation assures state residents, elected officials at all levels, and employers and business prospects that their trust in LED is well-placed and that the state economic development agency is conducting its duties with the utmost level of professionalism.

   Governor John Bel Edwards  brings Louisiana  to  Nations 
  forefront for Education and Training  with LED, driving the   
State Economy with new industries and developments.
     Isle de Jean Charles became the first U.S. town to get government money to move because of global warming. Eighteen months later, what started as a model has become a warning. Even as the federal government rewrites climate policy, the greatest challenge to the project may nonetheless be the people it's meant to help. 
   Gov. John Bel Edwards and Barack Obama  begin the fight to save
      "Climate Refugees" with   $48. million grant.
 Above  Mathew Sanders   Project Director   and  Pat Forbes Director  of the Louisiana Office 
 of Community    Development.   Below a town hall meeting at the Ministers home  to discuss 
 moving to another location.