This report, prepared for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) offers an examination of the shape of the future central Louisiana regional economy – the industries that will define it, the jobs that will be needed to drive it, and describes a future workforce development system that will produce the talent and skills to fill those jobs with qualified people. The focus of this report is on CLEDA region’s manufacturing and manufacturing-related economy PLUS other “traded” sectors that bring in cash from outside the region because they produce goods and services and sell them outside the region.