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(Avondale, LA) – In the aftermath of the devastating December 14th tornadoes, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) has mobilized its crisis response efforts to aid in Jefferson Parish business recovery. The JEDCO team immediately began outreach to local businesses following the storm to assess damage and needs and has been in contact with Jefferson Parish officials to coordinate a response.
JEDCO will offer free transitional office space with power, phones, and internet to displaced Jefferson Parish businesses at the JEDCO headquarters in Churchill Technology and Business Park on Monday, December 19th, for as long as the organization is able to do so. Reservations are made on a first-come-first serve basis. Offices are available between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested businesses must call in advance to reserve space. JEDCO is not accepting walk-ups at this time. Contact Scott Rojas, JEDCO Director of Facilities and Information Technology, at 504-875-3916 or email him at to reserve space.
If a disaster area is declared, then SBA Disaster Loans may be applied for here: Business owners may check the website for updates by clicking on “Check Disaster Declarations.” Additionally, the JEDCO Finance Team can provide access to Small Business Loans to aid in storm recovery. Contact for more information.

If your business has been impacted by the tornadoes, please contact JEDCO at 504-875-3916 or email

“As our community recovers from damage sustained during yesterday’s severe storms, JEDCO remains a steadfast resource and partner for our local businesses,” said JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna. “Within hours of impact, the JEDCO team began responding to needs in order to bring our businesses back into commerce as quickly as possible. Our business community is proving its resilience once again. Business owners can be assured that JEDCO will work with our elected officials to provide necessary resources during this time.”
The organization continues to provide resources, information, and support to all businesses impacted by the storms. JEDCO is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For assistance, call 504-875-3916 or email


Anyone who was impacted by the tornado and needs assistance, call the Jefferson Parish Emergency Operations Center at 504-349-5360.
Real-time updates available on the Parish’s social media pages: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749)
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Contact Entergy online (they will respond via email)
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