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Louisiana’s Entertainment Development Fund Honored as Nation’s Most Innovative Program at International Economic Development Council Awards

DALLAS – Louisiana Entertainment’s workforce development initiative and redesigned website earned top honors at the 2023 International Economic Development Council Awards ceremony Tuesday.


The Entertainment Development Fund, which supports the state’s entertainment workforce through customized education and training opportunities, received a Gold Award for Innovative Programs and Initiatives. It also was nominated for Best in Show, recognizing the best economic development program in all categories. Over the last two years the EDF has awarded more than $5 million dollars in entertainment and workforce training grants to nonprofits, schools and training organizations across Louisiana.


The revamped Louisiana Entertainment website that launched last year also earned a Gold Award as the nation’s best special purpose economic development website. Earlier this summer, the website –– also was recognized as Best of Show at the Southern Economic Development Council’s 2023 Communication Awards.


“The entertainment sector is rapidly evolving, and the Entertainment Development Fund allows us to meet the workforce needs of the future, while investing in our intellectual infrastructure today,” said Chris Stelly, executive director of Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development. “A lot of young people that are being trained in new technologies are able to get jobs in Louisiana. We’re proud that the IEDC has recognized the importance of this sector and the impact of this program.”


The IEDC recognition followed Louisiana’s first-ever No. 1 ranking in Business Facilities magazine’s Tech Talent Pipeline state rankings. BF also ranked Louisiana second out of 50 states for film and TV industry incentives and economic impact.


About Louisiana Entertainment

Louisiana is one of the top destinations in the world for motion picture production; digital interactive and software development projects; live performance; and sound recording. With state-of-the-art facilities, a wealth of talent, production-friendly communities and a competitive incentive program, Louisiana is the perfect location for the entertainment industries. For more information on Louisiana film, digital interactive, live performance and sound recording programs, visit Louisiana Entertainment, a division of LouisianaEconomic Development, at


About LED

Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant economy. It is the only state agency in the U.S. accredited by the International Economic Development Council, boasting award-winning programs like LED FastStart, a longtime national leader in customized workforce development. LED also supports a wide range of higher ed partnerships that Business Facilities magazine recently credited for Louisiana’s ranking as the No. 1 Tech TalentPipeline in the U.S. In 2022, LED attracted 53 new economic development projects representing 18,137 new direct, indirect and retained jobs and $20.7 billion in new capital investment. Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and employers of all sizes at