New CEO David Bennett

New CEO David Bennett

The LEDC is pleased and excited to welcome new President, David Bennett. David has been selected as the new CEO & President of the Livingston Economic Development Council. He will begin his new role in this position on April 25, 2016.

David has over 13 years of experience managing successful small businesses prior to his current work at Louisiana Economic Development (LED).  Since August 2010, David has worked for Louisiana Economic Development.  As a Business Development Officer, he assisted small businesses throughout the state by administering impactful programs and providing for a business-friendly environment.  In this capacity he served as the statewide Team Leader for one of the most innovative approaches to economic development in the country, Economic Gardening.

“I am excited to begin working with the great team that has been assembled in Livingston Parish. The foundation that has been laid for economic development success is clearly evident by the recent expansions and relocations. I look forward to building on that foundation and seeing our small businesses thrive and our large businesses expand their footprint.  I am also excited to attract new businesses to Livingston Parish and to showcase everything we have to offer.” says David.

In October 2014 David began working in the Business Expansion & Retention group at LED.  With a focus on retaining and growing Louisiana’s existing business relationships, David was diligently working with several diverse business executives to expand their operations in Louisiana.

In the recent past, David has served on or assisted with several local and statewide committees including the Small Business Advisory Council, Louisiana Innovation Council, the Louisiana Economic Gardening Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University.

“We are very excited to have David join our team. He brings a diverse Economic Development experience to LEDC that includes business recruitment and retention as well as small business development.“ says Regina Scott, LEDC Chair