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Samantha Shipman Sheppard has been selected to fill the newly created position of Economic Development Coordinator (EDC) by Winnsboro Main Street Economic Committee.


The EDC was part of the committee’s five-year strategic plan which was required to become a certified Louisiana Development Ready Community (LDRC). Winnsboro is one of several Louisiana towns that are “Development Ready Communities.” To become development ready and “open for business,” each community’s plan includes strategies to address education, workforce development, infrastructure, leadership and marketing/communications. LDRC program is through the Louisiana Economic Development office and the Louisiana Municipal Association.

The local EDC position has been made possible through donations of local businesses and government entities, said Carmen Sims, Chairman of the Winnsboro Main Street Economic Committee. Each business and government entity embraced the committee’s effort to identify ways to support existing businesses as well as assist the city and parish in attracting new business development, supporting education improvement opportunities, and identifying and assisting with the implementation of ways to improve the community and quality of life for citizens.

Sheppard comes to her new position from Shipman Building Service of Winnsboro where she served as account manager/project manager. Other prior work experience includes serving as the recruiter and aftermarket manager for Goldman Equipment and as a national chapter development consultant for Kappa Delta Sorority, one of only seven chosen around the nation for this position in 2010.

“I am proud to be from Franklin Parish, and I could not be more thrilled to be involved with the community again in my new role as Economic Development Coordinator,” said Sheppard. “Helping lead our great parish forward in areas of economic development and growth is something that I take great pride in. I am excited to get started and look forward to working with everyone in the community.”

She is a 2006 graduate of Franklin Academy and a 2010 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing.

Sheppard will officially start as EDC on January 25 and will be located at 108 Fair Avenue in office space donated by Womack Insurance.

“The Main Street Economic Committee is extremely excited to introduce Samantha as the Economic Development Coordinator for Franklin Parish,” Sims said. “Sam comes from a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enable her to hit the ground running. Her intelligence, education, capability and most importantly her enthusiasm and love for Franklin Parish will allow her to successfully grow and develop our community. We would not be at the point as an organization if it were not for the cooperation and support of municipal authorities and business leaders in Franklin Parish. For this, our entire committee is very appreciative. Great things are on the horizon for Franklin Parish!”

Franklin Parish is a community rooted in family, faith and the value of hard work. Our leaders are dedicated to the purpose of improving the lives of all of our citizens and for developing opportunities for commerce to thrive.

 Kay LaFrance, Main Street Winnsboro