Brittany LaCour Deal, CERP

Brittany LaCour Deal is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) in Lafayette, LA. She is responsible for research planning and oversight, GIS mapping, economic impact studies, real estate site evaluations, special projects and more. Brittany has acted as LEDA’s project lead for many critical research and special projects, such as, the University Avenue Corridor Initiative, America’s Competitiveness Exchange-Louisiana, and the 2020 Covid Community 311 Response and Grant Program.

Brittany also acts as the LEDA rep for the City of Carencro and Carencro Business Association and serves as a board member for the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce and The705 Young Professionals Organization. Brittany has been employed by LEDA for over 8 years and has earned the coveted IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Certification after completing a three-year program with Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute. Most recently in 2022, Brittany was also designated as a Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP) by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

Serving as a volunteer board member for the JS Clark Leadership Academy in Opelousas, LA, Brittany advocates to improve the education standards and after-school opportunities of the predominately African American and economically distressed student base. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. through which she has done countless hours of volunteering for various organizations within the community and mentoring young women.

Brittany graduated with her bachelor’s in communications from UL-Monroe in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Communications from UL-Lafayette in 2015. Later in 2019, Brittany was honored as one of Acadiana’s Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals and became a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXXII. In addition, she has completed the basic and advanced level of Dale Carnegie Training and was awarded the Highest Award of Achievement in her 2017 class.

Brittany married her college sweetheart, Jawaskie Deal, of New Iberia, LA, in 2016 and plans to grow her family, career and business ventures in Acadiana for many years to come. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys traveling, event planning, baking cupcakes and highly competitive game nights with her family and friends.