Michael Olivier is the CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. The Committee of 100 is a private sector non-profit business advocacy group intent on building coalitions and partnerships to affect public policy that impacts business and economic development in Louisiana. The membership is a business roundtable comprised of the CEOs of private sector companies statewide and includes higher education senior executives in Louisiana.
Mr. Olivier served as Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco from 2004 to 2008. He won the American Economic Development Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1995, 1996 and 1997. He has been president of the Southern Economic Development Council and a ten year board member and officer of the American Economic Development Council. Business Week named him Mississippi's Economic Developer of the Year in 1999, and in 2002, Southern Business and Development magazine named him one of the “Top 10 Economic Developers of the Decade”. In 2005 Olivier led Louisiana Economic Development to achieve the ISO 9001 certification and the IEDC Accredited Economic Development Organization designation, both “firsts in the nation” for a state economic development agency.
In 2006 and 2007, Olivier was named as “One of the Top 10 in the U.S. to make a difference in Economic Development” by Southern Business and Development magazine. His work lead Louisiana to be named “State of the Year” for the first time by Southern Business and Development magazine.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) named Olivier as the 2006 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development. CORENET Global gave Louisiana Economic Development the 2007 Economic Development Leadership Award in Strategies and Innovation for the business recovery work accomplished after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Olivier served as the Chairman of the Louisiana Technology Council in 2011-12, Chairman of the Technology Advocacy Council for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry 2012-14, a member of the Louisiana Innovation Council since 2010, and a board member of the Louisiana Business Technology Center at LSU since 2010. In 2015 he served as President of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association LIDEA. Olivier currently serves on the Louisiana Board of International Commerce and the Restore Louisiana Task Force appointed by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has recognized Olivier with its three highest awards:
1. Fellow Member (FM)
2. Honorary Life Member (HLM)
3. Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development
Olivier has led two AEDO efforts at the state and local levels and has served on the AEDO committee since it’s inception.