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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.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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