The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana partnered with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University College of Business University Center for Economic Development to co-host the first Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit in Marksville, LA at Paragon Casino Resort on Sunday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 9. Senator Ralph Abraham was a speaker and addressed attendees during the luncheon on Monday, July 8 from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Governor John Bel Edwards followed with an address at a special breakfast on Tuesday, July 9.
The goal of the Summit was to connect rural communities with local, state and national leaders as well as Native American Country and improve life in rural areas by helping future generations develop an entrepreneurial mindset and providing them the tools to succeed.
At the summit, the following topics were discussed by panels of three to five people:
- Workforce Development
- Community Development in Rural America
- 5G Expansion/Broadband Opportunities
- Healthcare Access in Rural Communities
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- New Marketing Opportunities in Agriculture
- Financial Services
- Small Business Opportunities
- Creating and Improving Economic and Business Relationships with Tribal Governments
- Business Development Opportunities with LA Tribes
The summit featured local and nationally-recognized scholars as well as business and community leaders who will share their expertise on the summit topics.
The conference was open to all economic development professionals, including business owners, small business developers, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and staff from all universities within the state of Louisiana and students. In addition, anyone interested in learning more about economic development in rural areas or about doing business with tribal governments, was welcome to attend.