JEDCO

About JEDCO

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complementary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing and creating new business in our area. JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship and investment in Jefferson Parish.

JEDCO’s Role

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is committed to helping businesses thrive in Jefferson Parish. Since its inception in 1987, JEDCO has aided thousands of companies through business incubator and loan programs, tax incentives and rebate programs, workforce development and information services. While dedicated to assisting existing Jefferson Parish businesses, JEDCO’s efforts also target the recruitment of new businesses for the area. For more information, please call 504.875.3908.

Business Financing

Resident businesses and companies in Jefferson Parish are eligible for loan programs administered by JEDCO that are designed to meet many financing requirements, including real estate, working capital and equipment. For more information, please call 504.875.3908.

Business Incubator Program

JEDCO, through its business incubator program, provides an environment conducive to the development of new enterprises. Business counseling, networking opportunities, seminars, office space, and shared administrative services (secretarial, phone, fax and more) are just a few of the services offered to Jefferson Parish businesses during their initial startup phase. For more information, contact Judy Horner at 504.875.3908.

Business Outreach

  • Job Retention and Expansion
    Keeping resident businesses satisfied and healthy, while encouraging them to expand in Jefferson Parish helps create new jobs and private investment. JEDCO’s one-on-one meetings, surveys, referrals and customized assistance are designed to help. For more information, contact Kate Moreano at 504.875.3945.
  • Business Attraction
    Attracting businesses from outside the region is highly competitive. JEDCO develops strategies and incentive packages to promote Jefferson Parish’s positive business climate and attractive quality of life to encourage companies to locate here. For more information, contact Kate Moreano at 504.875.3945.
  • Tax Incentive/Credits/Exemptions/Rebates
    Tax credits for job creation, tax exemptions for manufacturers, rebates of new payroll for qualifying companies, or inventory tax credits for wholesalers and distributors can provide significant savings for qualifying businesses moving to or expanding in Jefferson Parish. Find out if your business qualifies. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.

Economic Development Services

  • Marketing Database
    JEDCO’s marketing database contains a detailed, up-to-date, computerized listing of Jefferson Parish business. This database can help businesses identify local suppliers and buyers, as well as aid you with your company’s marketing efforts. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.
  • New Business List
    JEDCO also publishes a monthly list of new Jefferson Parish businesses. Lists may be purchased individually or as an annual subscription. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.
  • Demographics
    Demographic data is available from JEDCO to aid you in preparing your business plan or deciding on your target market. Census data, traffic counts and Jefferson Parish statistics can also be provided. Additional demographic information is available here on our website. For more information, call (504) 875-3908.
  • Real Estate Database
    Businesses seeking information about available commercial and industrial properties may access this database. The up-to-date listings include warehouse, retail and office space; industrial buildings; and available parcels of land. For further assistance, complete the Sites & Buildings form. For more information, call (504) 875-3908.

Marketing & Public Relations

JEDCO promotes Jefferson Parish’s positive business climate locally, regionally and nationally through targeted media campaigns, tradeshow participation and regular press announcements. Our businesses can also benefit from JEDCO’s marketing expertise, such as the planning of grand openings and ribbon cutting events. Additionally, JEDCO routinely nominates small and large companies for various awards and recognition. For more information, of if you have a media inquiry, contact Kelsey Scram at 504.875.3927.

Board of Commissioners

The Jefferson Parish Council nominates seven members, the Jefferson Parish president appoints one representative, and 13 board appointees represent area business organizations. Business representatives serve five years, with representatives of the parish council and president serving for the duration of their nominator’s term in office.


Bruce Layburn
Chairman
Nominating Entity:
Home Builders Association

Mario Bazile
Vice-Chairman
Nominating Entity:
Councilwoman-At-Large Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Div. B

Jimmy Baum
Treasurer
Nominating Entity:
Elmwood Business Association

Lloyd Clark
Secretary
Nominating Entity:
Councilman-At-Large Chris Roberts, Div. A

Mickal Adler
Nominating Entity:
Jefferson Business Council

Bruce Dantin
Nominating Entity:
Councilman Paul D. Johnston, District 2

Joe Ewell
Nominating Entity:
Councilman Mark Spears, Jr., District 3

Josline Gosserand Frank
Nominating Entity:
Greater New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce

Roy Gattuso
Nominating Entity:
Councilman Ricky Templet, District 1

Thomas J. Gennaro
Nominating Entity:
Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, District 5

Matthew A. Gibson
Nominating Entity:
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce East Bank

Brian Heiden
Nominating Entity:
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce West Bank

Teresa Lawrence
Nominating Entity:
Women’s Business Enterprise Council South

Mark Madderra
Nominating Entity:
Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans

Keith Merritt
Nominating Entity:
Louisiana Bankers Association

Lynda Nugent-Smith
Nominating Entity:
New Orleans Metropolitan Assn of Realtors

Bill Peperone
Nominating Entity:
Councilman Jack Rizzuto, District 4

Mayra Pineda
Nominating Entity:
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

Paul Rivera
Nominating Entity:
JP Marine Fisheries Advisory Board

Stephen Robinson, Jr.
Nominating Entity:
Parish President Michael Yenni

Stan Salathe

Nominating Entity:
Westbank Business & Industry Association

Jefferson Parish Council

The Honorable Michael S. Yenni: Parish President

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA 70123
Tel. (504) 736-6615
Fax. (504) 731-4646

The Honorable Chris Roberts: At-Large Councilman, Division A

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd, 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA  70123
Tel. (504) 736-6615 or (504) 364-2616 (Westbank Office)
Fax. (504) 731-4646

The Honorable Cynthia Lee-Sheng: At-Large Councilwoman, Division B

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA 70123
Tel. (504) 736-6016 or (504) 364-2624 (Westbank Office)
Fax. (504) 736-6598

The Honorable Ricky J. Templet: Councilman, District 1

200 Derbigny Street, 6th Floor
Gretna, LA 70053
Tel. (504) 364-2607
Fax. (504) 364-2615

The Honorable Paul D. Johnston: Councilman, District 2

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA 70123
Tel. (504) 736-6607 or (504) 364-3446 (Westbank Office)
Fax. (504) 731-4433

The Honorable Mark Spears, Jr.: Councilman, District 3

200 Derbigny Street, 6th Floor
Gretna, LA 70054
Tel. (504) 364-2603 or 2604
Fax. (504) 364-3704

The Honorable Jack Rizzuto:  Councilman, District 4

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA 70123
Tel. (504) 736-6622
Fax. (504) 736-6639

The Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken: Councilwoman, District 5

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 1014
Jefferson, LA 70123
Tel. (504) 736-6634
Fax. (504) 736-6632

JEDCO Staff


Jerry Bologna

President & CEO

Penny Weeks
Executive Assistant

JEDCO Administration


Lacey G. Bordelon

Vice President

Cynthia Grows
Controller

Scott Rojas
Director of Facilities and IT

Debbie Ritter
Office/IT Manager

Judy Horner
Operations
Administrator

Economic Development Services


Kate Moreano
Economic Development Manager

Kate Wendel
Economic Development Specialist

Margo Ruiz
Economic Information and
Incentives Coordinator

Strategic Initiatives


Annalisa Kelly
Strategic Initiatives Manager

Marketing/Public Relations


Kelsey Scram
Marketing and PR Manager

Small Business Financing


Jennifer Lapeyrouse
Economic Development Finance Manager

Jessica Lobue
Finance Operations Manager

Corinne Pritchett
Financing Programs Coordinator

 

Public Notifications

In accordance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) shall not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. If you require aids, devices, or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA, submit your request to JEDCO at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as possible. A 72-hour notice is needed to request Certified ASL interpreter.

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Contact JEDCO

Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission
700 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094 (Get Directions)
Phone: 504-875-3908
Fax: 504-875-3923
Email

Media Inquiries should be directed to Kelsey Scram, Marketing & PR Manager
504-875-3927
kscram@jedco.org