Gulf Coast Coalition
A new initiative involving the Gulf Coast states is being launched called The Gulf Coast Economy: Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition.
The purpose of the initiative is to unite behind pro-growth initiatives that will enhance the economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.
Considering the BP oil spill and the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and other storms, the coalition believes it is time to join forces to make the gulf region more attractive.
In a recent letter written to Bayoubuzz by one of the coalition’s organizers, Donna Fraiche, “Our community-minded group works to highlight the strength and diversity of the Gulf’s economic and cultural assets and promotes economic development projects that will revitalize our coastal communities and position them as the nation’s next “mega” economic region. Comprised of a broad cross-section of public, private, non-profit, and academic leaders, we are action-driven and believe the development of non-traditional private sector opportunities will help pave the way for a new era that allows our region to not only survive, but thrive, in the competitive 21st century global economy.
We know that the success of our pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-Gulf Coast Coalition will be dictated by the determination and dedication of local community stakeholders, and we urge you to join us in our cause. Indeed, through your help, your commitment, and your investment, together, we can win this battle and carve future course for our coastal communities in the Gulf. To learn more information about our organization, please visit us at: www.ready4takeoff.org.
– Today, Governor Bobby Jindal brought his 2010 parish tour – “Building a Better Louisiana for Our Children” – to DeSoto Parish where he joined CQMS Razer General Manager Max Voigt, Mansfield Councilman Troy Terrell, Mansfield Councilman Sonny Hall, DeSoto Parish Police Jury President Dewayne Mitchell, and North Louisiana Economic Partnership, or NLEP, Chairman Kyle McDonald to announce that CQMS Razer plans to expand the capabilities and product lines at its facility in Mansfield, La. CQMS Razer acquired Hendrix Manufacturing in May of this year, retaining 84 jobs, and now the company intends to create more than 200 new, direct jobs by 2017.
Governor Jindal said, “Retaining and growing businesses is a critical part of our work to create more opportunity for our people and build a better Louisiana for our children. That’s why the expansion by CQMS is a great win for DeSoto Parish, Northwest Louisiana and our entire state. CQMS joins a growing list of businesses in Northwest Louisiana that are expanding and creating jobs for our people so they can pursue their dreams right here at home.”
LED estimates that the company’s 232 new, direct jobs will generate 426 new, indirect jobs for a total impact of 658 new, direct and indirect jobs in the region by 2019. In addition, LED estimates CQMS Razer’s expansion will result in approximately $11.0 million in new, state tax revenue and $7.4 million in new, local tax revenue during the first 10 years of operations, excluding local property taxes and corporate income taxes.
Corps of Engineers
Corps will host a panel discussion at City of New Orleans / Convention & Visitors Bureau media center on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., to provide media with an update on the status of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) and other topics that may be of interest. 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.
PAR and Louisiana Constitution
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) today released its “Guide to the Constitutional Amendments” for the ballot on Oct. 2, 2010.
DrivingThe Downsizing Of Louisiana
– Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater announced today that the size of Louisiana state government’s vehicle fleet has been reduced by 1,001 vehicles since the Jindal administration began its reduction effort last year.
Compared to the 12,740 vehicles in the state fleet when the effort began, as of this week, the state’s fleet now includes 11,739 vehicles. The current fleet size is also 185 vehicles smaller than, and represents its lowest historical level since, the end of the fiscal year in June 2004, when the fleet stood at 11,924 vehicles.