While Grissom was deputy secretary, LED became a fast, creative, and solution-oriented partner for corporate executives and site selection consultants; a champion for small businesses and other existing Louisiana employers; and the architect of Louisiana’s economic-outperformance strategy.
Examples of LED’s wins include recruiting major software/IT centers of CSC and IBM (800 jobs each); attracting EA’s North American Test Center; recruiting Nucor’s iron and steel production facility; and securing Sasol’s $16 billion to 21 billion gas-to-liquids and ethane cracker complex (the largest manufacturing project in state history); as well as establishing LED’s highly acclaimed workforce development program, LED FastStart.
Since 2008, Gov. Jindal and LED have secured projects that are creating more than 91,000 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than $62 billion in new capital investment. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Site Selection ranked LED one of the top five best-performing state economic development agencies. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce-training program in the country in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Louisiana now ranks higher in every national business-climate ranking than it ever did prior to January 2008.
Prior to joining LED, Grissom served as executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, or BRAC. He played an integral role in transforming BRAC into one of the nation’s leading regional economic development organizations. BRAC received dozens of national awards from ACCRA/C2ER, Southern Economic Development Council, American Chamber of Commerce Executives and other groups for economic development planning, marketing, communications and public policy research.
Prior to joining BRAC, Grissom was director of corporate development for The Shaw Group Inc. and a management consultant with the Houston office of McKinsey & Company.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University
M.B.A., Rice University