Jefferson Parish Economic Developemnt Commission
AboutThe Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complementary arm of Jefferson Parish government. JEDCO’s mission is to build a resilient, equitable, diverse and competitive economy by driving the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment in Jefferson Parish. FROM DIRECTING BROAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES TO DELIVERING SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING, JEDCO IS YOUR PARTNER IN PROGRESS.
JEDCO CORE VALUES INTEGRITY: We pride ourselves in demonstrating integrity in all that we do with respect and responsibility. By following up and following through, we generate trust within our business community.
DYNAMIC APPROACH: JEDCO is adaptable and progressive. We consistently seek opportunities to deliver creative, innovative solutions to serve the needs of the Jefferson Parish business community.
COLLABORATIVE: JEDCO works to enrich and empower our community through collaborating with key partners and connecting businesses with resources to prosper Jefferson Parish.
SERVICE-ORIENTED: We are funded by the community and serve the community equitably, inclusively, and with dedication to empower all Jefferson Parish companies.
JEDCO’s Role The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is committed to helping businesses thrive in Jefferson Parish. Since its inception in 1987, JEDCO has aided thousands of companies through business incubator and loan programs, tax incentives and rebate programs, workforce development and information services. While dedicated to assisting existing Jefferson Parish businesses, JEDCO’s efforts also target the recruitment of new businesses for the area. For more information, please call 504.875.3908.
BUSINESS FINANCING Resident businesses and companies in Jefferson Parish are eligible for loan programs administered by JEDCO that are designed to meet many financing requirements, including real estate, working capital and equipment. For more information, please call 504.875.3908.
BUSINESS OUTREACH Job Retention and Expansion Keeping resident businesses satisfied and healthy, while encouraging them to expand in Jefferson Parish helps create new jobs and private investment. JEDCO’s one-on-one meetings, surveys, referrals and customized assistance are designed to help. For more information, contact Kate Wendel at 504.875.3912.
Business Attraction Attracting businesses from outside the region is highly competitive. JEDCO develops strategies and incentive packages to promote Jefferson Parish’s positive business climate and attractive quality of life to encourage companies to locate here. For more information, contact Kate Wendel at 504.875.3912.
Tax Incentive/Credits/Exemptions/Rebates Tax credits for job creation, tax exemptions for manufacturers, rebates of new payroll for qualifying companies, or inventory tax credits for wholesalers and distributors can provide significant savings for qualifying businesses moving to or expanding in Jefferson Parish. Find out if your business qualifies. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Marketing Database JEDCO’s marketing database contains a detailed, up-to-date, computerized listing of Jefferson Parish business. This database can help businesses identify local suppliers and buyers, as well as aid you with your company’s marketing efforts. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.
New Business List JEDCO also publishes a monthly list of new Jefferson Parish businesses. Lists may be purchased individually or as an annual subscription. For more information, contact Margo Ruiz at 504.875.3920.
Demographics Demographic data is available from JEDCO to aid you in preparing your business plan or deciding on your target market. Census data, traffic counts and Jefferson Parish statistics can also be provided. Additional demographic information is available here on our website. For more information, call (504) 875-3908.
Real Estate Database Businesses seeking information about available commercial and industrial properties may access this database. The up-to-date listings include warehouse, retail and office space; industrial buildings; and available parcels of land. For further assistance, complete the Sites & Buildings form. For more information, call (504) 875-3908.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS JEDCO promotes Jefferson Parish’s positive business climate locally, regionally and nationally through targeted media campaigns, tradeshow participation and regular press announcements. Our businesses can also benefit from JEDCO’s marketing expertise, such as the planning of grand openings and ribbon cutting events. Additionally, JEDCO routinely nominates small and large companies for various awards and recognition. For more information, of if you have a media inquiry, contact Kelsey Scram at 504.875.3927.
FORWARD JEFFERSON CORPORATION Forward Jefferson Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was organized to operate and assist in the economic growth and development of business concerns in the Jefferson Parish area and thereby lessen the burdens of government. Collaborating with JEDCO, the principle economic development agency for Jefferson Parish, the mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship and investment in Jefferson Parish.
Economic and Site Development
- Economic Development (Specialty)
- Economic Forecast
- Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
- Tax Credits (Specialty)
Buying or Selling a Business
- Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
- Business Plan Consulting
- Business Succession Planning
- Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
- Feasibility Studies
- Forming a Business (Specialty)
- Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
- Market Plan Development
- Market Research (Specialty)
Financial Resources and Assistance
- Accounting and Bookkeeping
- Disaster Loans and Grants
- Equity Funding Preparation
- Government Funding
- Loan Providers
- Microloan Providers
- Real Estate Finance
- Tax Credit Providers
Human Resources, Workforce and Talent
- Diversity Equity and Inclusion
- Employee Development
- Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
- Re-Entry Support (Specialty)
- Retention (Specialty)
- Workforce Incentives (Specialty)
- Workforce Training (Specialty)
Import and Export Assistance
- Certification and Licensing
- Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
- Networking/Exploring Exporting
- Trade Education and Training
Internship Programs and Student Services
- Internship Program
Libraries and Research
- Company Data/Prospect Lists
- Diversity Equity and Inclusion
- Human Resources
- Leadership/Professional Development
- Recruiting Assistance
Marketing and Sales
- Award Recognition
- Demographics/Census Data
- Market Research
- One-on-One Counseling
Networking and Associations
- Geographically Based
- Industry Specific
- Small Business/General
- Conference/Meeting and Event Space (Specialty)
- Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
Public Policy and Government Relations
- African-American Business
- Asian-American Business
- City Business Issues
- Parish Business Issues
- Hispanic Business
- LGBTQIA Business Issues
- Native-American Business
- Small Business Policy
- State Business Issues
- Women’s Business Issues
- Government Requirements
Selling to the Government and Large Corporations
- Obtaining Certification
- Registration Assistance
- Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
Starting a Business
- Business Research Resources (Specialty)
- Forming a Business
- Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
- Site Location (Specialty)
- Startup Business Counseling
- Startup Classes
- State and Federal Tax Training (Specialty)
- State Tax Credit Information
- LED Programs
Events and Community Building
- Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
- Pitch Events