Jefferson Parish Pulse: Kate Wendel

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Kate Wendel, Director of Economic and Workforce Development for JEDCO. Kate has been on the JEDCO team for over five years. She oversees the Economic Development Services Department, or as it was recently rebranded, HEART. The acronym – Hub for Expansion, Attraction, Retention, and Talent – conveys a multi-layer approach to economic development, one that spans everything from recruitment efforts to workforce training. Kate talked about the meaning behind the new brand and how that work impacts businesses across the parish. She also discussed some of her favorite projects, what it’s like to have a “JEDCO HEART to HEART,” and the many assets that set Jefferson Parish apart from other communities.

For more information about HEART, visit the webpage at If you’d like to connect with Kate, email or call 504.875.3908.

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