This week Ed Burghard speaks with Jerry Bologna, Executive Director of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), about his perception of the challenges and opportunities facing the economic development profession.
Jerry has been with JEDCO for more than 12 years and was previously JEDCO’s Deputy Director where he oversaw all economic development functions of the organization. Jerry has been instrumental in industry recruitment, having partnered with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Greater New Orleans, Inc. and other agencies in the attraction of new businesses to Jefferson Parish. Jerry recently worked closely with Peoples Health in the retaining of 600 jobs, which resulted in the subsequent creation of another 125 jobs. Jerry was influential in landing the NOLA Motorsports Park, a $65 million state-of-the-art facility that includes the longest kart and road courses in North America.
Additionally, Jerry’s contributions to the region’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina were recognized by both business and political leadership, including members of the U.S. Senate. He was invited by the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Economic Development Council to assist in the development of a business and economic recovery plan for Galveston, Texas following Hurricane Ike. Jerry also helped craft business recovery plans for communities hit by the BP oil spill and Hurricane Sandy.
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