Lloyd "Buddy" Spillers, Chairman
Lloyd "Buddy" Spillers has spent the past 25 years doing economic and community development in Louisiana and has been developing properties and building housing for over 40 years. He is a founding member of the Macon Ridge Economic Development Corporation and later served as President and CEO of the Ouachita Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Spillers created the Macon Ridge Community Development Corporation in 1995 and has served as its President since its creation. The Macon Ridge CDC serves less fortunate citizens in northeast Louisiana with the primary mission of providing affordable housing. It also provides strategic planning and economic development for the communities it serves.
Prior to serving as President of the Macon Ridge CDC, Mr. Spillers was President and CEO of Macon Ridge Economic Development. In 1997, the organization was designated the most successful Rural Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community in the nation by the National Association of Development Organizations, and Mr. Spillers and the board of directors were hosted at the White House.
During his tenure at Macon Ridge Economic Development, Mr. Spillers secured a $3 million block grant from HUD, which he successfully leveraged for $115 million in less than nine years.
He helped the organization receive the Rural Enterprise Community designation from HUD and created and administered a $4.5 million intermediary revolving loan fund.
Macon Ridge Economic Development also successfully helped the state secure two Rural Renewal Communities (RCs) designations from HUD, which served 27 parishes in north and central Louisiana. Governor Foster made Mr. Spillers the coordinating responsible party for the two Rural Renewal Communities and the Ouachita Parish Urban Renewal Community.
A lifelong resident of the state, Spillers was born in Ferriday and raised in Vidalia. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at University of Oklahoma and the Community Development Institute at Nicholls State in Thibodaux. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He holds both a Building Construction License and a Residential Construction License by the Louisiana Board of Contractors. He and his wife, Phyllis, a retired schoolteacher, have three daughters and 10 grandchildren.