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A nationwide search will be conducted to succeed the England Authority's longtime executive director, said Scott Linzay, chair of the Board of Commissioners. Jon Grafton announced his resignation Friday. He had been at the helm of the England Industrial and Economic Development District for 24 years.

Jon Grafton will resign as executive director of the England Authority effective May 1. Grafton, who has been in the position for 24 years, said he plans "to explore some interesting opportunities in the public and private sector, travel and consulting." "England's slate of projects are well on their way, a new ...
A series of bombs, most of them small nuclear weapons, detonate over Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport and England Air Force Base in Alexandria, as well as Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lake Charles. Survivors flee toward places such as Lafayette, untouched by the attacks. In less than 24 ...
She went to Lincoln-Heath, England; England Air Force Base in Louisiana and Guam. The DAV is the second-oldest federally chartered veterans organization in the U.S., said DAV Commander Jeff Siebert. "The only one that's older is the American Legion by one year. It was founded by World War I vets ...
A quarter of a century ago, England Air Force Base officially ceased to exist with a closing ceremony. Many in the area feared their economic fortunes would go the same way. The dire predictions of Alexandria and the surrounding parishes being set back a decade by the closure, thankfully, did not come ...
As the 1990s began, Alexandria and the surrounding area was staring down a devastating economic event. England Air Force Base, a fixture in Central Louisiana for decades, was on the chopping block as the federal government looked to save defense dollars by closing unnecessary military installations.
Cecil's first duty assignment was Blytheville AFB with the 9th Bombardment Wing; his second assignment was England AFB in Louisiana with the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing “Flying Tigers,” and his third and final assignment was with the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB. Over the years Cecil had ...
"I grew up here. I knew of England Air Force Base and I knew of Fort Polk, but I really didn't know of Beauregard," said Richard Moran, curator of the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum at Camp Beauregard. "I never realized the significance of it all." From serving as an epicenter for training troops for ...
This week, the England Authority Board of Commissioners voted to hire a search firm to help find its next executive director. That makes sense. As we noted in this space previously, we see the Executive Director position at the England Economic and Industrial Development District to be a key job in Central ...


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