A Message From AEDF President D’Juan Hernandez
Dear Algiers Business & Community Partners and Future Investors,
AEDF works with numerous business and community leaders to identify economic opportunities, assist businesses in policy and opportunity development as well as tackle difficult policy issues that could ultimately impair the economic brand we have worked so hard to develop. As we work to develop economic opportunities for Algiers and the region, we will continue to build on the strong relationships we share with our regional partners.
I am also humbled and honored to have been chosen by my fellow colleagues to serve as the new Chairman of the Board for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. I am particularly humbled to have been chosen to serve on the heels of our outgoing Chairman, Christopher Kane. Chris has been a transformative leader for AEDF, building a strong infrastructure and leading us into a new era.
As we look to the future, AEDF will continue providing strong leadership as well as a bold and innovative vision that has become synonymous with our brand. We will work towards results that sustain our vibrant and stable quality of life.
President, Algiers Economic Development Foundation
The mission of AEDF is to build a sustainable, business friendly environment that grows investments and jobs in Westbank New Orleans through advocacy, marketing and business development, recruitment and retention.
President & CEO, Sun Energy Group
Immediate Past President
Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP
MG Consulting Group
Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness,
Fletcher Technical Community College
Attorney at Law and Certified Estate Planning & Administration Specialist,
Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel LLP
Latter & Blum
Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Whitney Bank (Holiday Drive branch)
Degan, Blanchard & Nash
Governmental Affairs / Regional Committee
AEDF’s Governmental Affairs / Regional committee serves as a conduit between Algiers residents and leadership at the local and regional levels. The committee places strategic emphasis on educating and engaging the community on pertinent issues relating to economic development.
AEDF’s Executive Committee guides the organization’s mission, strategic vision and financial vitality in light of the organization’s founding principles, current initiatives and future plans for Algiers.
The Development committee secures resources to provide a solid financial base, which enables AEDF to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision and strategic goals.
The Finance Committee plans and oversees AEDF’s budget and seeks opportunities to seek opportunities to enhance economic development and community needs.
AEDF’s marketing committee incorporates comprehensive outreach strategies to leverage AEDF’s brand and visibility while preserving the cultural and economic significance of Algiers as a local and regional stakeholder. The committee works with regional and state economic development agencies, private sector leaders, and elected officials on site selection and opportunities for new businesses while solidifying growth of the current business sector.
AD HOC COMMITTEES
Annual Luncheon Committee
Annually, AEDF board members, volunteers and staff work collectively to coordinate an Annual Luncheon/meeting, which highlights AEDF’s successful progression throughout the year. AEDF also announces its incoming Board of Directors during this event.
AEDF’s Education Committee leads the Algiers community in developing dynamic partnerships among business, labor, education, community and governmental entities to strengthen workforce development, ensure economic prosperity and enhance the academic performance of students.
Healthcare Needs Study Committee
Healthcare accessibility and services are an important part of the overall landscape of Algiers. AEDF’s Healthcare Needs Study Committee evaluates the current level of healthcare access in Algiers, determines needs, identifies solutions and develops plans to meet health care goals. The committee strongly advocates for healthcare accessibility that covers all Algiers neighborhoods and socio-economic levels for physical and mental health issues.
Film & Video Industry Committee
The Film & Video Industry Committee plays an integral role in providing Algiers businesses with information and resources needed to take advantage of Louisiana’s growing film industry.