Each member of Cleco's Economic Development team brings experience and regional
knowledge to their partnerships. Here, our people are our best resource.
Manager, Economic Development
Rick has 24 years' experience in the banking industry and over 15 years in economic development. A graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Economic Development and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, he uses his knowledge and experience to work with companies, site selectors, government entities and economic development organizations to insure a seamless process.
Principal Business Developer
Mike’s career has spanned more than 30 years in economic development. A Certified Economic Developer and Economic Development Finance Professional, he has particular expertise in site development and certification, project and infrastructure finance, infrastructure and utility analysis, logistics analysis, coordination with federal and state agencies, and GIS support. Mike is the recipient of the 2018 Mary Jo Hanover Award presented by the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to the field of economic development.
Senior Business Developer
Katie has over 30 years in economic development and is focused on site development and industrial business recruitment. Her areas of expertise include community development, leadership development and strategic planning, along with an emphasis on developing and maintaining relationships. She is a certified Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED) and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Katie is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a major contributor to the Louisiana Development ready Community program.