Slaughter mayor touts program _lowres

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Slaughter Mayor Robbie Jackson speaks Jan. 22 at the Zachary Rotary Club meeting.

Slaughter Mayor Robbie Jackson was one of several speakers at Zachary’s Rotary Club meeting Jan. 22.

Jackson spoke on behalf of Leadership North, the annual leadership program created by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and LSU Agricultural Center.

Jackson is a graduate of the program, which is to begin its fifth session March 19. He is also a member of the Leadership North Alumni Association that began in 2014.

Participation in Leadership North is open to residents living or working in East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes and the communities of Baker, Baton Rouge, Central and Zachary. Graduates of the program are invited to join the Alumni Association.

“Leadership North is a feeder program that has superb networking capabilities,” said Jackson. “It’s really great and everyone involved brings something to the table. It’s really amazing the relationships you build.”

Jackson said because of Leadership North and its Alumni Association, he’s been involved with several workforce development initiatives and projects involving Slaughter and its neighboring communities.

An offshoot of the two programs, also involving Jackson, is the newly founded Feliciana Regional Business and Industry Council, which held its first official meeting Feb. 2 in Slaughter.