LIDEA Professional Development


Become a CLED (Certified Louisiana Economic Developer)!

Louisiana's economic developer certification program is second to none!  Beginning with the Basic Economic Development Course, recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), it teaches participants the very latest cutting edge best practices in creating economic growth!

More info on how to become a CLED.


The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) is a non-profit trade organization whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Louisiana through education, public policy advocacy, and collaboration; LIDEA is the voice of the profession in Louisiana.

LIDEA started the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer program in 2008 to help practitioners become the best in the nation at growing economies in their communities.

Our partners include LED (Louisiana Economic Development), USDA Rural Development and the Delta Regional Authority.  We are able to offer affordable, best in nation training due to their generous support!

We also enjoy generous support from AEP (American Electric Power) and GNO, Inc (Greater New Orleans, Inc.), who have both been supporters of helping community leaders learn economic development best practices for many years!

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Classes Offered

Classes are constantly updated to make sure they include the most current best practice information and reference to the most up to date technologies available to accomplish the goals of professional economic development practitioners.

More info on classes offered.

Meet the Leadership and Faculty

Our faculty and leadership team is made up of certified economic developers and current practitioners in the field.  Our Dean is a PhD, with decades of experience working with communities all over the nation.

More info on current and past instructors.


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More info on how you can become a part of educating Louisiana's best on the "how to's" of economic development.

Our Program Hosts

The Certified Louisiana Economic Developer (CLED) training program is a joint effort between LIDEA, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Louisiana Economic Development.

Most courses are offered on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus. Event registration will have information on classroom location.


LIDEA Professional Development Programs are an Equal Opportunity Provider.  Special accommodations will be made by participants with disabilities or special needs.