Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition hosts regional town hall meeting in Plaquemines ParishNov 5th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: top story
Local residents share stories, voice concerns and seek solutions on tough economic times
The Gulf Coast Economy: Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition hosted its second in a series of regional town hall meetings in Plaquemines Parish last Tuesday.
Local civic, community and business leaders attended the event, which gave residents an opportunity to voice their opinion and share their thoughts on how the state can work with regional partners to strengthen non-traditional, private and public sector job opportunities in the Gulf.
“The people of Louisiana are hurting. Jobs are in jeopardy and our economic future is uncertain,” said Bobby Thomas, moderator at the town hall and Executive Director of Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry. “Today, Ready 4 Takeoff brought together like-minded people and provided our Parish with an open forum to share our stories and seek pro-active solutions that will create jobs and grow our economy. By partnering across four states to advocate for economic development initiatives, we can and we will turn the economy around for innumerable families, workers, suppliers, manufacturers and small businesses in the Gulf Coast and continue to provide valuable resources to Americans.”
The Gulf Coast Economy: Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition, has emerged as a leading advocate for the advancement of pro-growth initiatives that will expand local economies and help create and retain good paying jobs throughout the Gulf Coast. Participants at last week’s meeting included, Louisiana’s seafood associations, Plaquemines Parish Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and PABI, among others. The town hall focused on a variety of regional economic development projects that ranged from bolstering the sales of Gulf seafood and expediting the revenue sharing from offshore oil and gas development, to strengthening non-traditional job sectors in the Gulf with the construction of the KC-45 Tanker in Mobile.
“Coastal Restoration is our economic development plan,” said Parish President Billy Nungesser. Three years ago, the parish put together a plan to pump river sediment into eroded area, which would build Louisiana’s coastline back.
Nungesser met with the Army Corps of Engineers to create the plan.
“We’re going to be asking for the same courtesy that the Corps of Engineers gets,” announced Nungesser. He referred to the Corps ability to mitigate after a project, instead of before.
The Plaquemines Parish town hall meeting is part of a series of Coalition regional town halls that are designed to highlight vital economic development projects. Additional town halls will occur in the Gulf Coast Economy: Ready 4 Takeoff membership states, which include Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. To learn more visit: www.ready4takeoff.org.