The UEDC Director will work under the direction of the Board of Directors of the UEDC to improve the economic climate of Louisiana.

The Unified Economic Development Council (UEDC) has hired its first Director. Maggie Neff began work last week in her office at Louisiana City Hall.

Louisiana Mayor Bart Niedner, who currently chairs the UEDC, is pleased to have such a qualified resource.

“Maggie has significant state legislative experience and is a lawyer capable of understanding and parsing the various funding and state efforts with which we need to engage,” Niedner said. “She is professional and intelligent. She has strong ties to the community, including a successful downtown business. She was an ideal candidate for this position and we are fortunate to have her onboard.”

A native of Louisiana, Neff graduated with her Law degree from the University of Missouri in 2012 after obtaining her B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College in 2007. She is on the Louisiana R-II School Board and has been active with the UM Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and UM Women’s Law Association.

Neff is probably most well-known locally as a co-owner of Fat Boy’s restaurant in downtown Louisiana – a successful business experience she hopes will transfer to other Louisiana businesses.

“I am strongly committed to the City of Louisiana and the surrounding community,” Neff said. “As a small business owner, I am familiar with the struggles. I believe my experiences will benefit our business retention and expansion and ensure successful Chamber of Commerce and LVCB operations, fundraising, and workforce development efforts.”

The UEDC Director will work under the direction of the Board of Directors of the UEDC to improve the economic climate of Louisiana.