Alexandria is the heart of this wonderful state and the hub of activity for Central Louisiana. Here, we enjoy the warmth and community of small town life with all the benefits of big city living. If you haven't visited our city, please let me extend a personal invitation.
Alexandria is situated on the banks of the Red River. Our city offers plenty of amenities including boating, skiing, fishing, camping, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. We also boast an acclaimed zoo, world-class golf courses, historic homes, Kistachie National Forest, great shopping and entertainment.
If you are looking for a great place that feels like home while you visit our state, Alexandria is the place to be. As we like to say, "You can see Louisiana from here." Our city is within two hours of Shreveport and Baton Rouge, a little over three hours from New Orleans, and less than an hour from historic Natchitoches along the Cane River. A visit to historic Natchez, Miss., just across the great Mississippi River, is only 90 minutes away as well.
Alexandria is also a great place to do business with rail, water, air and ground transportation readily available; we are a true intermodal giant in the area. Procter & Gamble, Union Tank Car, and many other industries have chosen the Alexandria Metropolitan Area as their home because of its good schools, central location, friendly atmosphere and business-friendly attitude.
If you want a great place to raise a family, then come home to Alexandria. Central Louisiana is one of the most affordable places to live in the United States. Enjoy fresh air, good schools, friendly people, a relaxed atmosphere with a growing economy and a city that cares about its citizens.
Alexandria's waiting for you. What are you waiting for?
Mayor Jacques M. Roy
Office of the Mayor
Today, Alexandria is moving into the 21st century at an intense pace, establishing itself as an innovator in public policy, infrastructure investment, smart growth, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and urban renewal. The work is not finished, but because of Mayor Roy’s leadership, it is well underway.
Mayor Roy understands that for Alexandria to compete in the 21st century, it must become a 21st century city. We invite you to explore this website and learn about Mayor Roy’s accomplishments, his priorities, and his vision for our shared future. We welcome your questions and your feedback, and we ask for your support and your participation in moving this City forward.
Addressing Policing Needs, Crime and Drug Activity
Jacques Roy has made community policing a top priority, commissioning an objective audit and acting on its conclusions. As a result, residents will increase their voice in how the police protect their neighborhoods, and police work more closely with neighborhood communities. In addition, Jacques Roy has re-organized the department and made significant investments in technology that provide police with the tools they need to more effectively combat crime and drugs.
Now, the plan will involve neighborhood leadership creating the "contracts" indicating the levels of toleration for various issues.
Creating Jobs, Growing the Economy and Investing in Infrastructure
Jacques Roy’s SPARC program creating redevelopment corridors is bringing millions of dollars to distressed parts of Alexandria by investing in infrastructure. These targeted public investments allow the private sector to do what it does best: create good paying jobs while improving the quality of life for all citizens. The SPARC program will pay dividends throughout the entire city for many years to come, without raising taxes. As promised when he ran four years ago, Mayor Roy created the most significant economic development initiative in the City’s history.
That program has been forcefully adopted by citizens by the affirmative vote of support.
Open Government that Works for the People
Jacques Roy has brought accountability to city government to give taxpayers confidence their money is being spent wisely. His leadership especially is needed in these tough economic times. Roy has cracked down on big wasteful payments to outside groups and has hired professionals, not political cronies, to manage city business.