Testimonials

What People Say

GAEDA is a driving force in helping to spur economic growth for the citizens of Alexandria, LA.
We work with government and private partners, as well as other stakeholders to develop projects and implement programs that enhance the overall quality of life for our residents. Our website will provide you with detailed information on GAEDA and it will provide you with helpful information on other useful resources.

“It has been a delightful and rewarding experience to work with the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority. The Staff is knowledgeable, professional and above all, sincerely interested in seeing the City of Alexandria grow and prosper. GAEDA’s funding has touched almost every segment of our community including affordable housing. Thanks to them we just completed a $350,000 Federal Home Loan Bank Grant to repair 50 homes for low-income senior homeowners and we were recently awarded another $495,000 FHLB repair grant. GAEDA has been a catalyst for bringing quality entertainment, sports, and cultural activities to Alexandria.”

Willie Spears

Executive Director​, GAEDA Revitalization Corporation

“The Disabled American Veterans Organization (DAV) has been working with the GAEDA Organization for the last four (4) years. We have had and continue to receive outstanding service and support from this organization. They are there to help with all aspects of the grant process. We have seen positive changes in the Alexandria Area, since we have been coming back into the Alexandria area, which I believe is due to their work and dedication to the area.
We are a Non-Profit Organization. They have supported our organization with monetary assistance, which is crucial to the operation and mission of the Department of Louisiana DAV. Based on the grants they have provided; we have been able to not only spend money in the local area, but it also allows us to fund and support Disabled Veterans in the State of Louisiana.”

H. Paul Hermann, Jr. PDC

Dept. of Louisiana Adjutant

“GAEDA has been a great help to the Louisiana Early Childhood Association in helping us defray some of the expenses of our having our annual conference at the Riverfront Center.
Ms. Varnado is always available to answer our questions. Thank you GAEDA.”

Mary Lou Maples

Louisiana Early Childhood Association

“For the past 10 years, I’ve have the privilege to partner with GAEDA for the Dixie Girls Softball World Series. With the help of GAEDA, we have successfully brought 46 divisional World Series to Central Louisiana that enhanced the economic impact to the area. Working with GAEDA has been beyond honorable. Mr. Moller and his team has been there to accommodate all of our needs. Thank you GAEDA for what you do!!!”

Dr. Keith "Skip" Fox

Board President, Alexandria Dixie Girls Softball

“From the initial event in September, 2012, GAEDA has been a stanch supporter of Le Tour de Bayou, a major fundraiser for Kent Plantation House. Their grant for this first event enabled Kent House to advertise in a much broader reach than we could have possibly done without the funds. And, this support has helped to get the word out through the years. Cyclists have come from all over the state as well as surrounding states.

September 17 & 18, 2021 will mark year #10, and we are anticipating, and planning for, 500 cyclists. Plans are underway to make this anniversary ride special.

Many thanks to GAEDA for their continued confidence and support for this event. The staff and board have been great to work with and we appreciate everything they do for Kent House and for the community.”

Alice V. Scarborough

Executive Director, Kent House

“Our firm has partnered with GAEDA for more than 14 years to help promote, encourage and spark economic development in Cenla. We have found the GAEDA staff to be very professional, responsive and proactive. GAEDA was the catalyst for the Masonic Drive corridor enhancement projects completed over the past 10 years. Under the leadership and vision of Clifford Moller, GAEDA worked with the City to leverage local funds by obtaining State grants that stretched the local dollars. What a valuable organization our community has in GAEDA to improve the quality of life!”

Keith Hillman, VP/CFO

Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson, Inc.

“River Oaks Arts Center has been able to expand its mission and vision as a creative hub on both regional and national levels with help of cooperative endeavors through GAEDA. This partnership has allowed us to bring renowned artists and guests from across the U.S. to the arts center and the community, securing our place as a cultural destination on a national scale. As River Oaks celebrates 37 years of visual arts, the past eight years have featured stellar exhibitions and programming that was made possible by the support and underwriting from GAEDA. We appreciate your commitment to the arts and anchor organizations within our community!”

September 17 & 18, 2021 will mark year #10, and we are anticipating, and planning for, 500 cyclists. Plans are underway to make this anniversary ride special.

Many thanks to GAEDA for their continued confidence and support for this event. The staff and board have been great to work with and we appreciate everything they do for Kent House and for the community.”

Rachael L. Dauzat, Executive Director

River Oaks Square Arts Center, Downtown Cultural District - Alexandria, LA
“The Alexandria Museum of Art has been successful because of the support we have received from the community, our grantors, and partners. We are especially grateful for the support we have received from GAEDA. When funding for the arts was dwindling, GAEDA recognized the importance of arts and culture to the quality of life in our community and stepped up to partner with our museum by supporting exhibitions and programming. They know that the quality of life in a community directly impacts economic development and sweetens the package when corporations are recruiting. Arts are also an important partner in revitalization of downtowns across America – that is a fact that cannot be denied. AMoA has weathered many challenges because of our partnership with GAEDA. I’m not sure how we would have managed without that support.”

Catherine M. Pears, Executive Director

Alexandria Museum of Art

“Many organizations hosted here at The Hotel Bentley have benefited from the resources provided by GAEDA over the years. The entire staff has been consistently amazing to work with and we are grateful to have the privilege of this partnership for our community.”

Molly Michiels

Restaurant Manager, The Bentley Room Restaurant

"GAEDA is a visionary leader and catalyst to promote economic development creating a better quality of life for Alexandria's citizens."