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Cedric Grant
Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Cedric S. Grant as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on July 8, 2004. Mr. Grant's appointment was effective Aug. 2, 2004.

Mr. Grant previously was employed by Parsons Corp. in Atlanta, where he managed road and highway infrastructure projects valued at $10 million for clients such as the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta.

Prior to his employment with Parsons, he held numerous managerial and administrative positions with the city of New Orleans, most recently as chief administrative officer. Mr. Grant also served as planning manager for the Port of New Orleans and director of capital projects for the New Orleans Downtown Development District. Mr. Grant is a certified city manager and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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