LIVINGSTON — Randy Rogers served on the board of directors for the Livingston Economic Development Council shortly after it started in the 1980s.
Now he’s back as its director.
Born in Shreveport, Rogers grew up in Baton Rouge and has had ties with Livingston Parish for much of his adult life.
Rogers went to work for Livingston Bank as a business recruiter in 1982 after graduating from LSU in business and working for the state in economic development.
He reared four children in Denham Springs, which he describes as “a wonderful place to raise a family.”
Rogers and his wife have since moved to property his wife’s family owns along Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish, where he has chickens, dogs and a garden.
“The land took us there,” Rogers said.
While with Livingston Bank, Rogers began serving on the LEDC shortly after the organization was created and was chairman of the special projects committee that established the industrial park east of Walker.
Getting the LEDC going at that time was important because “Livingston Parish was evolving from a rural economy with a lot of forest land and some agricultural interests,” Rogers said.
“The parish needed a manufacturing and commercial base to sustain the growth,” Rogers said. “Without the effort, the economy was not going to change.”
After leaving the bank in Livingston, Rogers became director of economic development for the state in 1989. He held that post until 2002.
He then worked for the state’s Agriculture Department, from which he retired in the summer of 2009.
He stayed retired for all of two months until going to work two days a week for LEDC.
When the LEDC director left that post earlier this year, Rogers took over as interim director on March 1.
He found himself back to working full time when he was selected as director in May.
“I still have a passion for doing this work,” Rogers said, adding that he also has the benefit of knowing the people and places in Livingston Parish as well as the state economic development programs.
As director, he said, he plans “to utilize some of our leading business people” to aid in further economic development of the parish.
When he’s not trying to attract business to Livingston Parish, he’s often trying to lure speckled trout into his boat.
He said he had one of the great days of any Louisiana sportsman the day he caught a limit of specks and then watched the Saints win the Super Bowl.