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Central Louisiana – affectionately referred to by locals as “Cenla” – is known for its outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, bike riding and golfing. There’s also unique food, music and dancing.

Families love Cenla because it’s a great place to raise their kids. When it comes to business, Cenla in home to big-name employers like Boise Cascade, Procter & Gamble, RoyOMartin and Weyerhaeuser.

In the heart of Cenla are the cities of Alexandria and Pineville.

Forbes magazine recognized Alexandria for its low cost of living and low tax obligation. Alexandria also is home to two colleges – Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA) and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). LSUA is a four-year public institution under the LSU System with a broad spectrum of affordable undergraduate degrees. CLTCC has been training the workforce of Cenla since the 1930s, as a vo-tech, trade school, technical college, and now a technical and community college. It is headquartered in downtown Alexandria in a new state-of-the-art facility.

Pineville, the home of Cleco's headquarters, is recognized as a safe, family-friendly city where southern hospitality abounds and family values are honored. It’s also the home of Louisiana College, a private, Baptist college of liberal arts and sciences with 25 academic and residential buildings. To learn more about Cenla, visit the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.