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Mississippi native to lead Central Louisana Economic Development group

Cleveland native Larkin Simpson, EDFP, IOM, has been name vice president of the major employers division at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA).

Simpson joins CLEDA from Jones County where he most recently led the Economic Development Authority of Jones County and Jones County Chamber of Commerce as a Vice President.

Holding a Master’s degree in Economic Development with an emphasizes in Technology Led Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, Simpson has been recognized both on a state and southeastern regional level for his accomplishments in economic and community development, leadership development, marketing and advertising, and organizational management. In addition to his academic achievements, Larkin also received his Economic Development Finance Professional certification (EDFP) from the National Development Council as well as his Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Simpson will be responsible for recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses within the 10-parish region.

Simpson and his wife, Rebekah, have two sons, Ethan, 8, and Noah, 4.


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