NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  LOUISIANA REGIONAL ALLIANCE OF LOUISIANA (formerly Louisiana Regional Leadership Council)

The recipient entity's physical address:
           C/O Vic Lafont, Director
310 Ardoyne Dr.
Thibodaux, LA 70310


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           C/O Vic Lafont, Director
310 Ardoyne Dr.
Thibodaux, LA 70310


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

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          ADAM KNAPP
Address 1: 564 Laurel St.
City, State, Zip: Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Appointment Date: 6/8/2012



Officer(s) Additional Officers: No
Officer: GREGG GOTHREAUX
Title: Director
Address 1: 211 EAST DEVALCOURT ST
City, State, Zip: LAFAYETTE, LA 70506


Officer: VIC LAFONT
Title: Director
Address 1: 310 ARDOYNE DR
City, State, Zip: THIBODAUX, LA 70310


Officer: ADAM KNAPP
Title: Director
Address 1: 564 LAUREL ST
City, State, Zip: BATON ROUGE, LA 70801


Officer: MICHAEL HECHT
Title: Director
Address 1: 365 CANAL STREET, SUITE 2300
City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130


Officer: TANA TRICHEL
Title: Director
Address 1: 903 LOUISIANA AVE
City, State, Zip: FERRIDAY, LA 71334


Officer: GEORGE SWIFT
Title: Director
Address 1: 120 W. PUJO ST
City, State, Zip: LAKE CHARLES, LA 70601


Officer: JIM CLINTON
Title: Director
Address 1: 1101 FOURTH STREET, SUITE 300
City, State, Zip: ALEXANDRIA, LA 71301


Officer: SCOTT MARTINEZ
Title: Director
Address 1: 415 TEXAS STREET, SUITE 320
City, State, Zip: SHREVEPORT, LA 71101


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  9653

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $4,000,000

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:
           Michael Michot
Executive Director
Louisiana Regional Leadership Council
II City Plaza
400 Convention Street
Suite 1070
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Ph. (225) 412-1071

Tana Trichel, Chairman
204 Fair Avenue
Winnsboro, LA 71295

Jim Clinton, Vice Chairman
Address 1: 1101 FOURTH STREET, SUITE 300
City, State, Zip: ALEXANDRIA, LA 71301

Secretary/Treasurer, Vic LaFont
310 Ardoyne Dr.
Thibodaux, LA 70310Hecht
365 Canal Street, Suite 2300
New Orleans, LA 70130


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           REAL is composed of the eight regional organizations covering all 64 Parishes for the purpose of economic development, workforce enhancement, business retention and expansion, community development, marketing and job creation for each region of the state, taking into account the diversity of each region's unique needs and opportunities.


The objectives of the organization are:

Objective 1:
REALwill emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality business development services. Examples of Regional Business Development activities include any of the following:
Marketing and attraction, business development, business retention and expansion.
Objective 2:
Product Development
REALwill emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality product development services. Examples of Regional Product Development activities include any of the following:
Site identification, selection, preparation and deal closing incentives.

Objective 3:
Workforce Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality workforce development services. Examples of Workforce Development activities include any of the following:
Career promotion, higher education and Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), industry based training, Jump Start (a workforce program), Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE), curriculum development and labor studies.

Objective 4:
REAL will emphasize the provision of policy development and implementation services.
Examples of Policy Development and Implementation activities include any of the following:
Research and commercialization, and related activities.

Objective 5:
Small Business and Community Development Assistance
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality support for small business and community development. Examples of Small Business and Community Development Assistance include any of the following:
Small business outreach, entrepreneurial support, capital access, import-export assistance, disaster preparedness-business continuity, support for second-stage, high-growth entrepreneurs, and support for entrepreneurial growth companies that accelerate job creation through Economic Gardening strategic research, high level business consulting and CEO Roundtables.

Objective 6:
Local and Regional Specific Initiatives
REAL will support local and regional specific initiatives as deemed integral to meeting local demands.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,600,000
          Professional Services. . . $400,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $350,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $400,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $400,000
          Operating Services. . . . $700,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $150,000

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?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          REAL is comprised of eight Regional Economic Development Organizations around the state, who collective represent 64 parishes, with a common mission to promote economic development at the local/regional level to attract business, expand business, grow jobs, and provide workforce opportunities.
Effectively, these entities are the "boots on the ground" to supplement LED efforts!
REAL works closely with Louisiana Economic Development to deliver a comprehensive list of sites and buildings, to certify sites according to LED's certification process, to hold local meetings to engage community leaders in LED initiatives, to develop workforce programs and elicit community involvement throughout the Parishes each organization represents. Of the six objectives listed, each organization works on the greater need of each Parish and the region as a whole.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Objective 1:
Regional Business Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality business development services. Examples of Regional Business Development activities include any of the following:
Marketing and attraction, business development, business retention and expansion.
Objective 2:
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality product development services. Examples of Regional Product Development activities include any of the following:
Site identification, selection, preparation and deal closing incentives.

Objective 3:
Workforce Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality workforce development services. Examples of Workforce Development activities include any of the following:
Career promotion, higher education and Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), industry based training, Jump Start (a workforce program), Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE), curriculum development and labor studies.

Objective 4:
REAL will emphasize the provision of policy development and implementation services.
Examples of Policy Development and Implementation activities include any of the following:
Research and commercialization, and related activities.

Objective 5:
Small Business and Community Development Assistance
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality support for small business and community development. Examples of Small Business and Community Development Assistance include any of the following:
Small business outreach, entrepreneurial support, capital access, import-export assistance, disaster preparedness-business continuity, support for second-stage, high-growth entrepreneurs, and support for entrepreneurial growth companies that accelerate job creation through Economic Gardening strategic research, high level business consulting and CEO Roundtables.

Objective 6:
Local and Regional Specific Initiatives
REAL will support local and regional specific initiatives as deemed integral to meeting local demands.

The goal of each of the eight Regions is to focus on the objectives fitting each area of each region, maximizing the effort to achieve job growth, workforce improvements and satisfaction, with successful collaboration with local organizations and leaders for mutual success


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The request is for one year, but the effort is ongoing

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:
                 Not applicable
    
     (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:
                 Not applicable

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 Not applicable

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  Not applicable

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: 
               Not applicable

(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:
               Not applicable

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                Not applicable

          What is the nature of the relationship?  Not applicable

(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:
                 The Contract would be with REAL and Louisiana Economic Development would act as the fiscal agent

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               REAL. The organization works closely with Louisiana Economic Development for delivery of the economic objectives WITHIN the named objectives and any new objectives appropriate to all regions.

The objectives incorporate the initiatives of LED in addition to the goals and objectives of REAL
Objective 1:
Regional Business Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality business development services. Examples of Regional Business Development activities include any of the following:
Marketing and attraction, business development, business retention and expansion.
Objective 2:
Product Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality product development services. Examples of Regional Product Development activities include any of the following:
Site identification, selection, preparation and deal closing incentives.

Objective 3:
Workforce Development
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality workforce development services. Examples of Workforce Development activities include any of the following:
Career promotion, higher education and Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), industry based training, Jump Start (a workforce program), Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE), curriculum development and labor studies.

Objective 4:
Policy Development and Implementation
REAL will emphasize the provision of policy development and implementation services.
Examples of Policy Development and Implementation activities include any of the following:
Research and commercialization, and related activities.

Objective 5:
Small Business and Community Development Assistance
REAL will emphasize the provision of in-depth, high-quality support for small business and community development. Examples of Small Business and Community Development Assistance include any of the following:
Small business outreach, entrepreneurial support, capital access, import-export assistance, disaster preparedness-business continuity, support for second-stage, high-growth entrepreneurs, and support for entrepreneurial growth companies that accelerate job creation through Economic Gardening strategic research, high level business consulting and CEO Roundtables.

Objective 6:
Local and Regional Specific Initiatives
REAL will support local and regional specific initiatives as deemed integral to meeting local demands



Contact Information
name:  Michael Michot 
                                       address:  1200 Camelia Blvd, Suite 101
Lafayette, LA 70508

                                       phone:  337 989 0071
                                       fax:  337 989 0076
                                       e-mail:  mmichot@thepicardgroup.com
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director