Description of Services
STEDF assists businesses and the community by providing services in the following capacities:
Business Attraction & Site Selection
- Identify potential sites according to the specifications of our business partners
- Coordinate meetings and negotiations on behalf of our partners
- Maintain parish-wide database of available sites and buildings
- Facilitate federal, state, and local incentives processes for business partners
- Assist in finding resources
- Develop annual economic and demographic reports, including the “St. Tammany Ten Year Economic Summary” and the “St. Tammany Parish Profile”
- Publish quarterly “Economic Trends” reports on the economic growth of St. Tammany
- Produce customized reports upon request
Business Retention & Expansion
- Conduct on-site visits with area businesses, industries, and economic drivers
- Facilitate problem resolution
- Act as both a liaison and advocate with local governments and regulatory agencies
- Provide business counseling through Southeastern Louisiana University’s Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPOL), and Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA PTAC)
- Host the “Workforce Development Series,” sharing relevant workforce development information with business leaders, community representatives, and economic development partners in the area
- Participate in various working groups and consortiums, such as the Northshore Technical Community College Maritime Consortium, which served as the voice of business and industry in the creation of a new curriculum for maritime study
History of STEDF
In 1981, area business leaders along with several chambers of commerce in St. Tammany recognized the need for focused economic development that transcended the missions of the chambers. These business leaders formed the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) to attract businesses to the parish and participate in the industry of economic development. The organization’s first office space was in the Hibernia National Bank Building in Slidell.
In 1990, STEDF relocated to a shopping mall space—shared with Senator Tom Schedler, who would go on to become Louisiana Secretary of State!
Chief Executive Officer Brenda Bertus joined the STEDF team in 2002 after leading the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce (then, the Greater Slidell Area Chamber of Commerce).
By 2003, STEDF had leased space in a government-owned office on Koop Drive. We worked on Koop Drive for four years before purchasing our first, privately-owned space—right across the street! We purchased the neighboring suite in 2013 and expanded our offices to accommodate our growing needs.
Thanks to STEDF’s efforts promoting St. Tammany as a business destination under Brenda Bertus’s leadership, 138 companies committed to locate or grow their operations within the parish.
These companies agreed to invest over $980 million into St. Tammany, retaining almost 4,800 jobs, and committing to create over 5,900 new jobs.
Today, STEDF leads economic development in St. Tammany Parish, attracting new businesses and employment opportunities to the area. The organization seeks to improve parish residents’ quality of life by strengthening and supporting the business climate.
STEDF is an equal opportunity provider and employer.