Community and Economic Development

The Southern University Ag Center continues to develop ways to improve equality, meet basic needs, enhance resources and promote economic growth through its Community and Economic Development Program (CED).

The Community and Economic Development Program offers a plethora of opportunities for local municipalities and governments. For example, CED teaches local leaders to leverage public capital with public and private resources, provides comprehensive approaches to fighting poverty and highlights opportunities for creating capital via our collaborative partners. Moreover, our CED initiatives provide local communities with the information needed to empower them to shape their own economic futures.



The overarching goal of CED is to assist local leaders and their residents by empowering them with the resources and tools to enjoy healthy robust communities and create a sense of empowerment and economic stability. Our conference, Learning Everyday About Development (L.E.A.D.), serves as one of the vehicles in which the CED program brings these and other opportunities to cities throughout the state. The conference equips mayors, police juries, city council members and other community decision-makers with the tools to help their communities reach its potential, while unlocking previously untapped resources.

Evidence has proven that our CED program is vital to the growth of communities and will continue to help these communities prosper.

For more information, contact:


Krystle J. Allen, Ph.D.
Program Leader, Family and Consumer Sciences Community and Economic Development Specialist
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-3902


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