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Ann Guissinger
Strategic Advisor Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force

Ann S. Guissinger is currently serving as the Strategic Advisor to the Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force. The work involves coordinating the work of the task force, coordinating the development of programs for the $350 million in Community Development Block Grant funds allocated for economic & workforce recovery, and working with the LRA-hired planners on economic development aspects of the long term regional plans. She is also is assisting in the development of the LRA's strategic plan for the state's recovery and rebuilding.

For the past seven years, she has provided assistance to the Louisiana Economic Development Council. She assisted in writing the original Louisiana: Vision 2020, the state's strategic plan for economic development plan, as well as Louisiana: Vision 2020, 2003 Update. She worked with the Council to plan and facilitate Council meetings, meetings of the Council and the Governor's Cabinet Advisory Group, and public meetings to gather input on economic issues affecting citizens of the state. She also spearheaded the preparation of the six annual action plans that have been prepared by the Council, including annual updates of the more than 100 benchmarks in the Vision 2020 plan.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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