NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  North Louisiana Economic Partnership

The recipient entity's physical address:
           333 Texas Street Suite 411
Shreveport, LA 71101

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           333 Texas Street Suite 411
Shreveport, LA 71101

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  6419

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $100,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Officer Jerry Allen 131 Frost Commercial Drive West Monroe, LA 71292
NLEP Board Chairman Adam Johnston 189 Burt Blvd Benton, LA 71006
NLEP Board Chair-Elect Chap Breard 2318 Armand Connector Monroe, LA 71201
NLEP Director Operations Michele Riney 333 Texas Street, Suite 411 Shreveport, LA 71101
NLEP Executive Director Scott Martinez 333 Texas Street, Suite 411 Shreveport, LA 71101
NLEP Executive Vice President Angie White 333 Texas Street, Suite 411 Shreveport, LA 71101
NLEP Board Secretary James Moore III 2390 Tower Drive Monroe, LA 71201
NLEP Board Treasurer Greg Lott 8550 Fern Ave Shreveport, LA 71105

NLEP Board Members
Raymond Alley PO Box 1757 Shreveport, LA 71166-1757
Ron Bailey 315 Clyde Fant Parkway Shreveport, LA 71101
Eric Barkley 2444 Levy Street Shreveport, LA 71103
Eric Basinger 428 Travis St Shreveport, LA 71101
Rick Bateman, Jr. 6220 E. Texas St Bossier City, LA 71111
Linda Biernacki 721 N. Ashley Ridge Loop Shreveport, LA 71106
Bruce Blanton PO Box 122 Springhill, LA 71075
Christian Burney 620 Texas Street, Suite 200 Shreveport, LA 71101
Mike Causey 603 Reynolds Drive Ruston, LA 71270
Sandy Cimino 4008 Benton Rd Bossier City, LA 71111
Jack Clampit PO Box 3007 Monroe, LA 71210-3007
Linc Coleman 207 Milam, Suite C Shreveport, LA 71101
Charles Coleman 2711 Texas Street Bossier City, LA 71111
Kevin Cook 347 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71106
Hardeman Cordell 2300 Booth Street Monroe, LA 71201
Kevin Crosby 2000 North 7th Street West Monroe, LA 71291
Anne Dixon 400 Travis St., Suite 330 Shreveport, LA 71101
Amanda Edge 2901 Cypress Street West Monroe, LA 71291
Mark Eldredge 333 Texas Street, Suite 1525 Shreveport, LA 71101
Jennifer Elliott 333 Travis St, 3rd Floor Shreveport, LA 71101
Rodney Ellis 3050 Martin Luther King Dr. Shreveport, LA 71107
Brandon Fail 505 Travis Street Shreveport, LA 71101
Stephen Fortson 401 Edwards St, Suite 1000 Shreveport, LA 71101
Archer Frierson 330 Marshall Street Shreveport, LA 71101
Jeff Harper PO Box 176 Springhill, LA 71075
Tania Hilburn 780 Kansas, Floor 2 Monroe, LA 71203
Clay Hipp 2001 N Trenton Street Ruston, LA 71270
Adam Hubble 9445 Stevens Road, Suite 200 Shreveport, LA 71106
Valarie Jamison Government Plaza, 505 Travis St., Suite 800 Shreveport, LA 71101
Bobby Jelks PO Box 7625 Shreveport, LA 71137
Kay King 101 South Franklin Street, Suite A Bastrop, LA 71220
Michael Lowe 333 Texas Street, Suite 450 Shreveport, LA 71101
Chris Maggio Northwestern State University, Capri Hall, Suite 223 Natchitoches, LA 71497
Jamie Mayo 400 Lea Joyner Memorial Expy Monroe, LA 71201
Earl Meador 9500 Industrial Dr. Minden, LA 71055
O'Landis Millican PO Box 767 Arcadia, LA 71001
Dave Norris PO Box 3145 Ruston, LA 71270
Jeff Parker 1511 N. Trenton Street Ruston, LA 71270
Patrick Ramsey 1809 North Point Lane, Suite 201 Ruston, LA 71270
Rick Ranson 2030 Donahue Ferry Road, PO Box 5000 Pineville, LA 71361
Barry Regula 300 Riverside Dr Bossier City, LA 71111
Reggie Roe 877 Friendship Rd Frierson, LA 71027
Annmarie Sartor 2571 Tower Drive, Suite 7 Monroe, LA 71201
Chris Shankle 333 Texas Street, Suite 699 Shreveport, LA 71101
Tom Simms 1000 Preston Ave, Suite 200 Shreveport, LA 71105
David Smith 100 West Church Street Springhill, LA 71075
Steen Trawick 1453 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71105
Lynn Treadway 500 East Court Street, Room 301 Jonesboro, LA 71251
Ronny Walker 109 Llanfair Dr. Ruston, LA 71273
JoAnn Wheless 2036 E. 70th Street Shreveport, LA 71105
Marty Wooldridge PO Box 1043 Vivian, LA 71082

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Support for the expansion of the Existing Business Outreach programs of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, which have increased dramatically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes existing business outreach through phone calls, surveys and other industry specific outreach mechanisms, as well as support for workforce initiatives that can help link and align resources for reemployment and retraining of residents to support the needs of employers. It also includes initiatives to support parishes and municipalities that may have access to recovery resources determine the highest and best uses for deployment and assisting those who will be applying for them.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $90,354
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $9,646
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) is an Accredited Economic Development Organization as certified by the International Economic Development Council, and a Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) as designated by the State of Louisiana. NLEP provides professional economic development services to a 14-parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation, prospect management, business retention and expansion services, site development support, strategic research and workforce alignment initiatives. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region - a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.

As a REDO, NLEP is a partner to Louisiana Economic Development for prospective and existing business support, site development, and research relevant to economic development. NLEP is also a partner to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Board of Regents, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and increasingly the Department of Education, as we all work together to better align education and training programs within the state with industry needs.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goal 1: Assess the health of North Louisiana companies in critical industry sectors as they emerge from the COVID-19 shut-down, and identify resources needed to assist them in getting back to business (e.g. workforce, funding assistance, guidance on reopening and scaling up safely).

Objective: In order to expand NLEP’s existing business outreach programs, NLEP will reallocate more of its staff to this function in order to increase our outreach to North Louisiana companies and learn what their opportunities and threats are due to the COVID-19 crisis. The core programming of the NLEP is comprised of its staff members utilizing their industry connections and professional networks to identify resources that can help existing businesses be successful and profitable so they will not only remain in North Louisiana but ideally expand. This information gathering will be done through phone calls, emails and surveys, and at some point in the future in person meetings.

Goal 2: Identify opportunities to support existing businesses in becoming more resilient

Objective: Taking information learned from increased existing business outreach as noted in Goal 1, develop follow-up surveys and/or industry forums to learn how companies in target industries may have the opportunity to capture more business as a result of COVID-19 and determine how NLEP or other local, state or federal partners can help them be successful. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has created great stress on companies within the region, there may also be opportunities for some of them to capture new aspects of their corporate portfolios as corporate leadership teams evaluate reshoring and supply chain restructuring for future resiliency. This may require acquisition of industry intelligence to assist our team in determining where opportunities might exist, and it may involve the need to engage subject matter experts to assist NLEP in creating strategies for marketing North Louisiana’s strengths to assist our existing businesses be as competitive as possible for investment.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           July 1, 2020-December 31, 2020

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Scott Martinez 
                                       address:  333 Texas Street Suite 411
Shreveport, LA 71101

                                       phone:  318-677-2512
                                       relationship to entity:  President