Ouachita Parish's three largest local governments have called special meetings at noon Friday to discuss participation in an incentive package that could lure as many as 1,500 jobs to the former Guide Corp. plant.
The OEDC Land Corp., which controls a $3 million economic development fund, also has scheduled a 2 p.m. meeting to discuss its possible participation.
Louisiana business mogul James Davison of Ruston, who owns the Guide facility and is also an investor in the project, said he expects the unidentified manufacturer to make a decision on the project as soon as next week. Davison and local and state economic development officials said they have all signed confidentiality agreements that prevent them from discussing details of the project. Ouachita Parish is competing with Mississippi and Alabama for the deal.
"It's an exciting project that could change the face of the economy in northeastern Louisiana," Davison said. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo also called the project "potentially transformational for our entire region."