LaJuana R. Delph is the sector development analyst for manufacturing with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Existing Business Resource Division. Her focus is assisting and supporting manufacturing companies with her proven competitiveness development strategy. She accomplishes this by: (1) exposing Arkansas manufacturers to innovative pathways, (2) networking, (3) cultivating valuable resource opportunities for local companies, and, most importantly, (4) concentrating responsible stakeholders’ efforts toward resolving key workforce issues that hinder skill advancement. LaJuana has worked with many manufacturers during her 15 years at AEDC. Prior to her joining AEDC, she worked as a quality and manufacturing engineer.
LaJuana is a certified business retention and expansion professional through Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI). She is the first to receive this designation in the state of Arkansas. LaJuana also received the Professional Community and Economic Development (PCED) certificate from the Community Development Institute (CDI), University of Arkansas at Conway. Most recently, she completed the requirements for the Mid-South Economic Development Professional certification (MSEDP) from the Institute for Economic Advancement, UALR Center for Economic Development Education. She received a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.