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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Applications for Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 will begin December 1, 2015

Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 is a one-month period for individual and business taxpayers to bring delinquent tax accounts up to date by clearing unpaid tax bills and filing overdue state tax returns. It is a completely voluntary program that begins on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM central and ends at 11:59 PM central on December 31, 2015.

Amnesty will be granted only for eligible taxes to eligible taxpayers who apply during the amnesty period and who pay or enter into an installment agreement for all of the tax, 83 percent of the remaining interest due, 67 percent of the remaining penalties and all fees and costs, if applicable, for periods designated on the amnesty

application. If the application is approved, the secretary shall waive 17 percent of the interest and 33 percent of the penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is applied. Taxpayers taking advantage of the 2015 Amnesty program have the opportunity to pay their delinquent amount in installments. See the reverse side of this sheet for more information about installments.

If you have questions about Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015, visit or call the Amnesty Customer Service Line at 1-866-782-9241 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM central time.

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Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Monroe Airport receives $990,000 Grant

U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, announced the Monroe Regional Airport will receive a $990,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The funds will be used to complete the final phase of construction of a new perimeter service road adjacent to the perimeter fence.

“The Monroe Regional Airport plays a critical role in the economic development of Northeast Louisiana’s hub city and the surrounding areas. The funding for this project will continue that mission of uplifting our region. I look forward to continuing my strong relationship with the city of Monroe, and together, we will keep bringing more federal dollars to the city for worthy projects such as this,” Abraham said.

The funds are part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.

“We have done a tremendous amount of improvements to the airport, which includes a new terminal. We appreciate the support of the FAA and the congressional delegation for the ongoing funds for these capital improvements,” said Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo.

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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:27 PM

NELEA notifies region of deadline for weather related damages: SBA Loans

Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Louisiana District Office today reminded small businesses of the August 18, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe weather and tornadoes in Ouachita Parish that occurred October 13, 2014.

According to Ricks, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. "EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster's impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage," Ricks said.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Caldwell, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Union parishes.

The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit

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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Entergy named to the Top 100 Corporate Citizens List

The Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance (NELEA) would like to congratulate Entergy for being name among the nation's 100 best corporate citizens.

By taking responsible actions to ensure the sustainability of its operations and being committed to transparency in making company information publicly available, Entergy has achieved inclusion on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's annual list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. It's the sixth time the company has been included on the list. Entergy is ranked 36, the highest rating for electric utilities.

"Powering life is an awesome responsibility," said Leo Denault, Entergy's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The actions and reporting noted by our inclusion on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list fulfill Entergy's mission to operate a world-class energy business that creates sustainable value for all our stakeholders. We are pleased that the work we do every day has been recognized by CR Magazine, but more important, we are proud to uphold our commitment to our owners, customers, employees and communities we serve."

The list includes companies who meet more than 300 criteria in the areas of human rights, employee relations, philanthropy and community support, environment, climate change, governance and finance. Entergy's highest ratings included the areas of philanthropy and environment. CR Magazine's coverage includes case studies, best practices and trends in corporate responsibility.

"Companies that make our list make a tremendous effort to learn and disclose how their businesses impact employees, communities and the environment," said Bill Hatton, Editor in Chief of CR Magazine. "They engage in a wide range of responsible business practices, and they do so while succeeding financially as businesses. They exemplify good corporate citizenship."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Bollinger Foundation Seeks Nominations for Scholarship Grants

The Bollinger Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2015 grant awards. Assistance is available for families who have lost a parent or guardian where either the deceased or surviving parent or guardian worked or continues to work in the field of public housing, community development, or economic development. Should you know of someone that could benefit from this fantastic award, please follow the link to inquire more information.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Madison Parish Port announces acquisition

It was announced Friday, February 7, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota, that CHS has acquired the fertilizer business and business related fertilizer assets of Terral River Service, Lake Providence, LA.Terral River Service is a river transportation service company specializing in the bulk storage and handling of dry and liquid materials along the Mississippi River system.

CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their business through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

Terry Murphy, Madison Parish Port Commission Director gave the following statement, “ The Madison Parish Port Commission is very optimistic that the presence of a fortune 100 company with global operations throughout the world will soon own property adjacent to the port.  Hopefully, their presence in the Delta parishes will enhance the possibilities for economic development, will enhance job development and increase jobs and opportunities for agriculture and agri-business related industries.”

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Delta Regional Authority invests $139,000 to support healthy living among northeast Louisiana workforce

Delta Regional Authority invests $139,000 to support healthy living among northeast Louisiana workforce. DRA investment will combat the high toll of chronic disease through behavioral change in the workplace

MONROE, La. – Northeast Louisiana will receive a major investment in resources to combat chronic disease among the Delta region’s workforce, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today. The DRA initiated a $139,432.50 investment to support a coalition of public health agencies in three northeast Louisiana parishes in working with hospitals and small businesses to improve health outcomes by promoting behavioral changes in the workplace. 

“With the support of the Delta Regional Authority, the North Louisiana Regional Health Alliance is working to implement an innovative Pilot Worksite Wellness Program at three of the largest healthcare providers in Morehouse, Richland & Union parishes,” said Jinger Greer, North Regional Alliance Executive Director. 

The investment is part of the DRA’s Healthy Workforce Challenge which has funded programs in five states to incentivize healthy lifestyles through workplace programming. The programs designed by recipients include employee health assessments, access to healthy food options, fitness challenges, wellness classes, training and workshops. 

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Upcoming events

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:39 AM

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Business Solutions Beyond Reform


Are you in compliance with the Affordable Care Act?

Health care reform is moving ahead full speed. With it comes complex HR compliance challenges for businesses. The confusion due to the countless delays, misinformation and false starts by the federal government has led many employers to question whether they are covered by the law's mandate and, if so, to what extent.

LABI invites all business owners, brokers and HR professionals to join us for a presentation by health care economist Michael Bertaut of Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana about ACA compliance issues and trends and the direction business owners can expect with the employer mandate in his highly regarded presentation, "Business Compliance with the Affordable Care Act: Just How Far Behind Are You?"

Bertaut will address some basic and very important questions to help you better identify your obligations under ACA based on your size and the number of people you employ. This will make it easier to determine if your business is compliant with the Employer Mandate outlined in ACA.

Can't make it? Watch the webinar.

If you can't make it to the LABI Conference Center Nov. 13, make sure to watch the live webinar at


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Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance is a private, not-for-profit corporation utilizing local, state, federal and private resources and programs to enhance the available economic elements present in our region to promote and grow the regional resources leading to a vibrant economy.

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