Natchitoches on the move – Red River Roadshow Showcases Natchitoches Assets

NATCHITOCHES, La. — The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) and Cleco Power, along with local partners the Natchitoches Port and the Natchitoches Community Alliance, will host a familiarization tour of the City of Natchitoches as part of the Red River Roadshow. Five national site selectors from the Site Selectors Guild will tour the area on Tuesday, May 19th to learn about the community’s assets and opportunities.  Site selection consultants have a direct influence on where companies decide to locate a new facility or an expansion project, generating new jobs and capital investment for a community.
“NLEP and Cleco Power are excited to host prominent members of the Site Selectors Guild during our Red River Roadshow, a familiarization tour of Natchitoches,” said Scott Martinez, NLEP President. “NLEP hosted a similar tour last year in Shreveport-Bossier which was very effective in generating interest in and exposure for the region. We want to thank Cleco for its support of this important marketing initiative.”
“Cleco is pleased to work alongside of NLEP as we promote the properties available for business development in the Natchitoches area,” said Darren Olagues, president of Cleco Power. “We feel having the captive attention of these prominent site selectors will allow these Natchitoches properties to receive the attention they deserve, and we applaud NLEP for their efforts to keep Natchitoches growing through business and industrial growth.”
The site selectors will tour the following sites on May 19th:
  • 3:30pm: Natchitoches Industrial Park, 400 Industrial Drive, Natchitoches, LA
  • 4:30pm: Natchitoches Port, 5690 Highway 486, Campti, LA

Along with visiting sites, the site selectors will learn about workforce development and training programs during a Workforce Forum held at Northwestern State University on May 19th from 2pm-3pm at the Administrative Services Building, 3rd floor conference room.
The following site selectors will be visiting Natchitoches:

  • Bob Hess, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services, from Chicago, IL

Hess is responsible for strategy development, quality assurance and business development for the company’s consulting and industry/specialty group initiatives. He is a preeminent, sought-after site selector and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection across multiple industries and asset types in North America. He has conducted over 250 assignments on a global basis, including major CAPX projects in Asia, Europe and Mexico.

  • Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuire Woods Consulting from Richmond, VA

Lloyd has also worked closely with clients on numerous public-private partnership projects for transportation and other infrastructure.  Lloyd has provided site selection and incentives negotiation services to dozens of clients including Starbucks, Honda, Capital One, AFLAC, Smithfield Foods, Lumber Liquidators, Maersk, Volvo, Capital One, and Lockheed Martin.

  • Lawrence Moretti, Principal, LFM Corporate Location Solutions from Yardley, PA

Moretti has over 28 year of experience at the intersection of business strategy and workplace geography – advising organizations in making sound decisions on where to place capital and people investment.  Currently the principal of LFM Corporate Location Solutions, his expertise focuses on corporate location strategy and site selection, labor market analysis and related human resource consulting, corporate real estate advisory services, economic development, and program management.  Larry was formerly Director of Global Location Strategy at Hewlett-Packard, where he was responsible for developing and managing the strategic framework and organizational model for geographic location investment at one of the world’s largest site portfolios.

  • Don Schjeldahl, Principal, The Don Schjeldahl Group from Kent, OH

Schjeldahl is founder of the Don Schjeldahl Group, a consulting practice that assists corporate clients in developing location strategy and site selection for manufacturing and distribution facilities.  Schjeldahl has 35 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of corporate location strategies and site selection for commercial and industrial clients and 27 years with The Austin Company of Cleveland, Ohio. At Austin, Schjeldahl performed or directed more than 300 location strategy assignments for manufacturing plants, distribution centers, aviation facilities, research and development centers, newspaper plants, broadcast studios and data centers.

  • Jerry Szatan, Founder, Szatan & Associates from Chicago, IL

Szatan & Associates, based in Chicago, consults in corporate location strategy and site selection and community economic development.  Szatan has more than 30 years of experience in site selection, economic development and real estate investing in the United States and abroad. His site selection projects include headquarters, R&D, manufacturing, distribution centers, call centers, back offices, and other corporate facilities for companies including: Boar’s Head Brand, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Davis Selected Advisors, Equiserve, First Card, GAF, Inc., Hewitt Associates, Nature’s Path, Organics LaGrange, Sun Microsystems, Union Pacific Railroad, Waste Management and Wausau Insurance.

About North Louisiana Economic Partnership

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) is a public-private partnership dedicated to the positive and sustainable economic development of the 14 parishes it serves in North Louisiana. The NLEP and its many partners work with both existing and prospective companies to facilitate the attraction and retention of capital investment and meaningful job opportunities in our region.
About Cleco Corporation
Cleco Corporation is a public utility holding company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which is engaged principally in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity, primarily in Louisiana. Cleco Power owns 11 generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,340 megawatts. Cleco Power serves approximately 286,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business, and it supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco Corporation announced on Oct. 20, 2014, that it entered into an agreement to be acquired by a North American investor group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. Regulatory approvals for the transaction are pending. For more information about Cleco, visit

Christine Rambo, NLEP Sr. Vice President (Email) (M) 318.537.0703 (O) 318.677.2531

This might just be the best thing to happen Natchitoches Parish in 2015.
If you see Tony Davis, Rick Nowlin, Lee Posey and Robert Breedlove, please tell them thank you for their efforts!

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