Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is a 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit corporation with the sole mission of maximizing economic opportunity in Ascension Parish, Louisiana USA.  AEDC was created in 2005 by the Parish of Ascension, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gonzales, Louisiana under the state’s economic development corporation statutes.  AEDC’s vision is that Ascension Parish will be the preferred location for quality business and economic development in the worldwide market and that the Parish will be recognized across the south for its quality of life and its attractiveness as a place to both live and work.

While AEDC is principally funded by public appropriations, the corporation is independent of any political subdivision, thereby ensuring our ability to receive privileged and confidential data and information from our clients without the risk of public disclosure under freedom of information statutes.  AEDC is a member of both the Southern Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council and proudly adheres to the respective Codes of Ethics of both of these professional associations.


AEDC Board of Directors

AEDC is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors. These fourteen members serve without compensation and are appointed for 3 year terms by the following entities:

  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce: Four Members*
  • Ascension Parish Council: Two Voting Members & Two Non-voting Ex-Officio Members**
  • Ascension Parish President: One Member***
  • City of Gonzales Council: One Non-voting Ex-Officio Member ****
  • City of Gonzales: One Member*****
  • City of Donaldsonville: One Non-voting Ex-Officio Member ******
  • Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce: One Member********
  • Town of Sorrento: One Non-voting Ex-Officio Member *******

The members currently standing on the board are:

Kirk Boudreaux****
Ex-Officio Member
City of Gonzales
Janet Britton*
EATEL
John Cagnolatti**
Ex-Officio Member
Ascension Parish Council
Derrick Coco*****
Eastman Chemical
Bill Dawson**
Ex-Officio Member
Ascension Parish Council
Douglas Diez***
MEI Properties
Don Hanna**
Latter & Blum
Roger Keese**
Shell Chemical (Retired)
Brent Landry******
Ex-Officio Member
Shelter Insurance Agency
Chuck LeBlanc********
Bourg Insurance Agency
Dee LeJeune*
Secretary/Treasurer
St. Elizabeth Hospital (Retired)
Dwight Poirrier*
Chair
Attorney at Law
Kevin Schexnayder*
Whitney Bank
Don Schexnaydre*******
Ascension Parish School Board

Staff

The Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) staff consists of two (2) professionals and one (1) administrative position. AEDC personnel also serve as staff to the Ascension Economic Development Foundation and the Ascension Parish Industrial Development Board.

Kate MacArthur
President/CEO
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Project Manager
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Administrative Assistant