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Bobby W. Edmiston
Bossier Parish Assessor

Mr. Edmiston is a native of Bossier Parish, Louisiana , and a graduate of Airline High School , class of 1979. He attended Louisiana Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. During that time he served in the Louisiana National Guard. Mr. Edmiston is married to Stephanie DeLay Edmiston. They have two children, Ashley and Jesse.

Prior to his election as Bossier Parish Assessor, Mr. Edmiston worked in the banking industry for 14 years. He ended a successful banking career with Bank One as a Business Development manager.

Mr. Edmiston met the educational requirements to become a Certified Louisiana Assessor (CLA) in November 2000. He has completed 219 hours of education in International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) courses. His professional organizations include the IAAO and the Louisiana Assessor’s Association, where he serves on the Legislative Committee and as PAC Chairman.

Since elected as the Bossier Parish Assessor in 1999, Mr. Edmiston has modernized the Assessor’s office by upgrading the computer system. He’s also developed a website where taxpayers can obtain information and conduct business through the Internet. He is currently developing a Geographical Information System (GIS).

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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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