North Louisiana Economic Partnership’s (NLEP) Annual Top Event was last night, Thursday, January 30th at Sam’s Town Casino and Resort. North Louisiana’s
movers and shakers networked in the ballroom lobby for a cocktail reception, hosted by Sealy Real Estate Services (SRES). Dinner followed in the ballroom
where Master of Ceremonies, Ed Walsh welcomed guests.
Walsh presented a statement on SRES’ behalf, “For 75 years, Sealy has served the commercial real estate needs of the Ark-La-Tex, including Owner, Tenant, and Landlord Representation and Property, Asset, and Construction Management services. We have built our reputation around our hands-on approach. We remain committed to providing the highest standards of service and integrity to our clients. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, our assets, and our communities.”
SRES’s two tables seated Mark Sealy, President, SRES brokers, other members of the Brokerage department, Lauren Sealy-Pettiette, and two VIP guests- State Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Don Pierson, and Patrick Witty, Director of Small Business and Community Services with LED.
Following the distribution of NLEP’s TOP Awards was the keynote speaker, Mike Grella, who presented “Economic Development 4.0: Next Generation Partnerships and Policies”. Grella led Amazon’s global economic development team during a period of unprecedented growth for the Fortune 100 company’s e-commerce fulfillment business.
During his presentation, Grella emphasized education and the benefits of encouraging young adults in North Louisiana to attend a college close to home. Further, how this can cause tremendous economic growth and development. North Louisiana facilitates students to examine areas of education in industries that directly correlate with our current economic workforce.
Grella stated “If you wouldn’t have told me I was in Shreveport when we were driving around, I would have thought I was in Austin…”, Shreveport has what it takes “… and I believe that North Louisiana’s quality of life could attract Millennials from Silicon Valley and Los Angeles to Sportsman Paradise”.
Just last year Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Louisiana No. 2 for securing the best economic development performance in the South on a per capita basis. Gov John Bel Edwards advocated that it’s the formation of strategic public-private partnerships, through harnessing the capacity of our higher education systems, and through expanding training opportunities, that Louisiana is a trailblazer in the South for innovation and economic growth.