|Chairman Lewis with Alexandria's City Councilwoman, Cynthia Perry,|
after Lewis's appointment to the city's economic development authority.
The city council of Alexandria (Louisiana) has appointed Chairman Curtis Lewis to serve as a commissioner of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority. The Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, or GAEDA, is a special political subdivision created to foster cooperative economic development on behalf of the city of Alexandria.
"I am here to serve this great city I love," said the 32 year old who also serves as the chief executive officer of Re//DEFINED's healthcare subsidiary, The SOAR Health Network. "Thank you to City Councilwoman Cynthia Perry for the nomination and members of the council for the swift confirmation. I will begin to outline my year one platform that will concentrate on two goals. First, building our workforce capacity to make sure our residents are competitive in the 21st century job market. With our strong educational infrastructure and the new "TOPS for Grown Folks" Act, we have the framework to get individuals into high demand career fields quickly. This is the most proven method to reduce poverty . Also, narrowing in on policies, approaches, strategies, to recruit and retain highly skilled individuals, specifically, public servants, newly credentialed residents, and college graduates. My hope is that this talent-driven approach will begin attracting investments, either to expand existing companies or drive new investments, to Alexandria.
Goal two will be to strengthen our new and small businesses. The many features Alexandria has make the city prime to be a "small business hub". Supporting our small businesses and recruiting new small businesses to diversify our local industry is the move we will need to capitalize on. My focus here will be an avenue to attract technology companies. It is the perfect complement. I am ready to work".