Paragon To Host Annual Rural and Economic Development Summit

MARKSVILLE, LA – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host the third annual Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit in Marksville, LA, at Paragon Casino Resort on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23, 2024. LaRuE keynote speakers and panelists will include business professionals, industry experts, state and local elected officials. The event will cover topics such as grant funding, rural economic development, agriculture, education and technology.  

“Ultimately, our goal is to bring industry home,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. “LaRuE aims to provide opportunities and education on a local level so that rural Louisianians don’t have to relocate their families to find work. We are bringing prospects to those ready and willing to innovate and thrive in Central Louisiana. Native Americans and rural communities have historically been underserved and excluded from stable, high-paying opportunities. Through our efforts, we are one step closer to prosperity for all – not just some.”  

Originally debuted in 2019, LaRuE returns for a third year during a critical time for small and rural business owners who are building their enterprises in an ever-changing landscape. LaRuE will cover the following topics through a series of lectures, panels and guest speakers:

  • Healthcare trends, challenges and innovations
  • Rural economic development opportunities
  • Bridging the digital gap and advancing digital equity
  • Harvesting opportunities: exploring agriculture in rural communities
  • Grant funding and how to navigate the grants process

The conference is open to business owners, small business developers, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and staff from all universities within the State of Louisiana, and students. Registration is open to the public or anyone interested in learning more about economic development in rural areas or doing business with tribal governments. For details visit and to register, click here.