In 2006, Jacques Roy was elected as Alexandria’s 23rd Mayor, capturing 76% of the vote and becoming one of the youngest mayors in Alexandria history. During those first four years, his tenacious, hands-on, and proactive approach to City government resulted in a number of sweeping and transformative changes. On October 2, 2010, and on November 4, 2014, Mayor Roy was re-elected, defeating a field of four challengers in each of those primaries, avoiding run offs.
From new quality-of-life initiatives to reinvestment in infrastructure long deferred, Alexandria is on an evidence-based, aggressive, and steady plan of work to make our city even more attractive. We want to attract our kids, new citizens, and anyone wanting to settle and raise a family to Alexandria. We are seeing the return of our kids home to start their families, and this will only increase with continued positive growth and leadership.
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 for Alexandria to compete it must capitalize on its advantages and resources. It must be prepared to make the investment in change needed to 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 and how to wake up our City to its potential. We welcome your questions and your feedback, and we ask for your support and your participation in moving this City forward. Mayor Roy needs your help to continue this journey of revitalization of our home, Alexandria, making it the great city centered in Louisiana it should be. Alexandria truly can be the place Where Louisiana Connects!
Safer Neighborhoods and Reduced Crime
Through Mayor Roy’s groundbreaking SAFEAlex program and our top-notch police department, we have measurably reduced crime, targeted hot spots, and equipped our police with new technology and crime fighting tools needed to effectively combat crime and drugs. The Mayor’s SAFEAlex program addresses more than just crime. It works to alleviate neighborhood blight, improve health, and empower citizens to work with law enforcement as partners to enhance the quality of life in Alexandria—and clean up our City. Our community’s pride is showing, having again won statewide for Cleanest City” in 2014! SAFEAlex received the state’s highest municipal award for Community Development.
Open Government that Works for the People
Through his SMARTAlex Program Mayor Roy has brought accountability to city government to give taxpayers confidence their money is being spent wisely. Jacques ended wasteful payments to outside groups and has hired professionals, not political cronies, to manage city business. As a result, Alexandria has seen its budget surplus grow while maintaining the highest standards of performance. Objective ratings by auditors and rating agencies commend our record, upgrading us twice in just a few years to one of the highest bond ratings in Louisiana.
Alexandria Utility Sustainability Project
Mayor Roy has worked to save ratepayers millions of dollars through the Alexandria Utility Sustainability Project (AUSP). The AUSP has stabilized and diversified Alexandria’s use of fuels to power electricity while ensuring a quality of service during storms unmatched by any other city in the region. The Christmas Storms of 2012 and Hurricane Gustav are just two examples of Mayor Roy’s team being on the front lines during natural disasters to ensure utility services in Alexandria endured minimal interruptions and were back on line as quickly as possible. Like SAFEAlex last year, the AUSP was recognized by receiving the highest municipal award for Basic Infrastructure. A worldwide industry leader has declared the AUSP to include its best gas technology in the nation for fast-start capability and efficiency, translating to real savings to the ratepayer.
Creating Jobs, Growing the Economy and Investing in Infrastructure
Mayor Roy’s capital projects and the SPARC Program, by 2014, invested over $201 million in total infrastructure improvements, improving the quality of life for all our citizens and including over $10 million in parks alone in underserved areas of our community. A conservative return on this investment, according to the U.S.DOT, over the next couple of decades is over $600 million. These infrastructure programs helped attract firms like CoolPlanet and PaperWorks, as well as smaller businesses in SPARC corridors, inviting tens of millions of dollars in new private capital expenditures and good paying jobs. Bolton Avenue, Masonic Drive, and downtown are all seeing positive results. We are investing more in recreation and enjoying new community-based festivals like AlexRiverFete. SPARC is an award-winning program that has won national praise by economic development experts, including multiple invitations to Mayor Roy to present programs on SPARC to other mayors and planning professionals.
Diversity in Action
Mayor Roy has worked diligently to ensure that his administration and its policies reflect the diverse nature of our community. Jacques has insisted that city staff, mayoral appointments and small business development outreach programs use the capacities of all of our citizens and grow the economy in every part of the city. Jacques has achieved measurable results, having been recognized this year by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development for small business outreach, demonstrating that when all are welcome at the table our entire community benefits.