St. John the Baptist Parish Department of Economic Development

Jerry W. Jones, Jr.

Jerry W. Jones Jr.

Director of Economic Development – St. John the Baptist Parish

Jerry W. Jones Jr., leads the team that promotes St. John the Baptist Parish which is home to the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere. Jerry has previously served as Alexandria City Councilman, Project Manager for Central Louisiana Business Incubator, Economic Developer for Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission and CEO for Lake Charles North Redevelopment Authority. As the Director, Jerry continues to build partnerships with developers and community leaders. He was recently tapped to serves as a Regional Advisory Council Member for Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Network. He also serves as a member of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and a host of other professional and civic organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. With the vast amount of land along the West bank of the parish and the Mississippi River, Jerry ensures that the River Region will continue to grow in its prominence as an energy and grain provider, regionally and nationally.

Jerry has 10 years of technical, managerial and economic development expertise, and a proven track record of establishing and implementing successful economic development programs. He specializes in Neighborhood Revitalization, Regionalism Business Recruitment and Expansion and Workforce Development.

Jerry is a graduate of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College of Baton Rouge where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. He later attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received his basic Certification in Economic Development. He then completed the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and the Authentic Leadership program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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