Here to help.

At Cleco, we help great companies find the perfect location for growing their businesses. We’re an economic development partner who truly cares about the long-term success of your project. So how do we make success happen?

Before we begin a project, we get to know you and your needs. This thorough understanding helps us serve you best.

Our SmartSites® program ensures every property undergoes strict and thorough evaluation before earning state certification and gold standard certification from McCallum Sweeney Consulting.

We put you in touch with the right people at the state and regional levels to get financing and incentive information, entrepreneurial resources, and other marketing data to help make critical business decisions.

We deliver unmatched service long before breaking ground and long after completing the job. When we’re done, we’re still not done.


Each member of Cleco’s Economic Development team brings experience and regional knowledge to their partnerships. Here, our people are our best resource.

Rick Ranson

Manager, Economic Development – North

Rick has 24 years' experience in the banking industry and over 10 years in economic development. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, he uses his knowledge and experience to work with companies, site selectors, government entities and economic development organizations to insure a seamless process.

Mike Sibley

Manager, Economic Development - South

Mike’s career has spanned more than 30 years in economic development. A Certified Economic Developer and Economic Development Finance Professional, he has particular expertise in site development and certification, project and infrastructure finance, infrastructure and utility analysis, logistics analysis, coordination with federal and state agencies, and GIS support.

Jonathan Dean

Business Developer

Jonathan is focused on site certification and site properties. He has particular experience in infrastructure and wastewater projects.

Katie Chiasson

Senior Business Developer

Katie is focused on site development and industrial business recruitment. Her areas of expertise include community development, leadership development and strategic planning, along with an emphasis on developing and maintaining relationships.


As our energy customer, you’ll receive unparalleled service with the added benefit of tactical guidance. More than just an electricity provider, we see ourselves as strategists for helping customers achieve their business goals. We’ve developed tools and practices that allow our customers to procure reliable power consistent with their business models and project timelines. Using project-specific rate structures, dual feed potential and individual representative support, we keep you in line for success.


At Cleco, strong partnerships become powerful success stories. When you partner with us, you join the ranks of great innovators and brands like these.

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