The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) Vice President & COO, Lacey Bordelon, was recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2017 Women of the Year honoree. Fifty women from around the region received this award for their unique and exemplary professional and community achievements. Lacey was recognized at a luncheon Thursday, November 2, surrounded by family and colleagues
Lacey has been employed with JEDCO for over 10 years, spearheading many of the game-changing initiatives and economic development projects that have enhanced Jefferson Parish’s success, visibility, and viability during her tenure with the organization. Most recently, Lacey played an instrumental role in the organization’s strategic planning initiative, the Jefferson EDGE 2020, Jefferson Parish’s long-term economic development strategic plan. Through several planning sessions with key leaders, the civic community, and elected officials, Lacey helped to develop a comprehensive, action-focused plan with an increased emphasis on important issues, such as workforce development and housing, and industry clusters with high opportunities for growth. Under her leadership, 91% of action items outlined in the Jefferson EDGE 2020 are in progress.
Lacey oversaw the development of the Housing Stock Enhancement Strategic Plan, the first Jefferson EDGE action item completed since the rollout of the EDGE plan in late 2015. She coordinated meetings with a Blue Ribbon Committee of professionals with diverse backgrounds to address weaknesses in the Parish’s current housing options. The plan confronts the Parish’s challenges and establishes a strategy to revitalize its existing housing stock, foster development of creative, mixed-use housing choices, and improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish neighborhoods. Recommendations outlined in the plan will be initiated over a three-year period and Lacey plays a vital role to ensure effective plan implementation.
Not only does Lacey oversee major economic development-related planning initiatives for the organization, but she is also heavily involved in JEDCO’s business attraction efforts, including preparation of competitive proposals to recruit companies to the parish. Most recently, Lacey and her team helped attract Select Comfort’s newest customer contact center to Jefferson Parish. Select Comfort, the parent company of Sleep Number, is a $1.3 billion publicly traded national brand bringing over 220 jobs to Jefferson Parish. She also worked on other major economic development announcements, including the attraction of Dyno Nobel (which resulted in $1 billion in FDI), TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Delgado Community College’s River City Campus and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, and the multi-million dollar expansion of Ochsner Health System along the Jefferson Highway corridor. Lacey also oversees the further development of the Churchill Technology and Business Park, a 500-acre swath of land ripe for development on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.
Before joining the JEDCO team, Lacey was a planner for Jefferson Parish. She received her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and attended professional training in courses focused on business retention & expansion, real estate reuse and development, credit analysis and strategic planning sponsored by the International Economic Development Council and National Development Council as part of her mission to become a certified economic developer. Lacey is also a graduate of Leadership Jefferson, a nine-month program to develop a diverse network of dedicated business and community leaders.
“On behalf of the entire team at JEDCO, we’d like to congratulate Lacey on this well-earned recognition,” said Jerry Bologna, JEDCO President & CEO. “Lacey’s attention to detail, professionalism and creativity in her many roles at JEDCO have made her a true asset to our team and to the entire Parish. Jefferson Parish is a better place in which to do business as a result of her years of hard work and dedication.”