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Business and law seminar to take place at Louisiana colleges in socially distanced classes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Registration is open now for a key course in Louisiana’s nationally recognized training institute for construction professionals. The six-week Business and Law Seminar of the Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute will be offered through community and technical colleges across the state.
LCAI classes will take place Oct. 5 through Nov. 11 in twice-weekly sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Each Monday and Wednesday, instruction will occur in socially distanced classrooms or online. Registration is underway and will continue through Oct. 2. To register, visit and click the “Register Now” button.

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Main St. Recovery Grant Program 

In an effort to help Louisiana small business owners recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Treasury is launching the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Grant Program to help affected businesses. Businesses can apply for up to $15,000 to cover eligible expenses. 

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Cooperative Endeavor Incentive

Incentive Documentation (PDF)


Zoning Verifications, Parking Requirements, Sign Permit, Certificates of Zoning Compliance
Contact: 318-473-1373 or 318-473-1371 or

Request for Variance or Special Exception, Zoning Applications (Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustments and Appeals)
Contact: 318-473-1371 or

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How to Open Your Business

Guidelines on Opening Your Business (PDF)

Historic Preservation Commission

Original Town Historic District
This district encompasses the oldest section of Alexandria and runs along the Red River levee.  The architectural inventory includes many late-nineteenth-century brick commercial storefronts as well as a few remaining wood-frame residential structures from the same period.  Several historic churches are included in the district as well as the landmark Hotel Bentley.  A handful of Modern buildings, such as the Rapides Parish Library and City Hall, make up the district’s more recent architectural history.

Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission

Louisiana National Registry Map