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Lawrence Collins

Executive Director of International Commerce

Louisiana Economic Development

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Lawrence B. "Larry" Collins, a native of Baton Rouge, graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in International Trade and Finance in 1983. Collins rejoined state government to serve as Executive Director of the Office of International Commerce with Secretary Don Pierson in February, 2016, having served in this capacity previously for over 23 years. Collins was named as the President and CEO of the Livingston Economic Development Council in 2015. Prior to LEDC, he served as the Director of Economic Development at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) for the eight parish region surrounding Baton Rouge; and, he directed BRAC’s international business development efforts. He began his career in economic development in May of 1989, working with the Louisiana Office of International Trade, Finance and Development, a Division of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. In 1991, he was appointed Director of the Trade Division, in 2003, he was named Director of the Department’s International Services Office. During his time with the department, he managed projects in over 30 countries. Under his direction, Louisiana established its trade promotion offices in Mexico, Taipei, Hong Kong and London. He has also served on advisory panels to the Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana State University, Southeastern and Loyola in areas regarding international commerce/economic development. He also served on the International Business Committee of the New Orleans World Trade Center and was appointed to the U.S. District Export Council. In 1997, Mr. Collins was elected Chair of the National Association of State Development Agency’s International Division.

Before joining the Department of Economic Development, Mr. Collins spent seven years with a major retailer serving as a buyer and in management positions and operated a retail services business from 1985 into the early 1990’s.


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