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Charlie Davis
State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party

Charlie Davis is the current State Director of Louisiana Victory 2008, the state’s Republican Party federal campaign arm. Charlie previously served as Finance Director, Political Director and Director of Technology for the Louisiana Republican Party during the 1990’s. He is also the creator of LAGOP.net, the social networking web site for Louisiana Republican activists to interact.

Charlie is a successful entrepreneur, political activist and consultant. He is active in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and is currently the President of the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance (LCEA) and Liquid Ventures, Inc. LCEA is a 501c3 organization that works to educate parents, community leaders, and policy makers about the positive benefits of providing educational options to parents and empowering them to choose the best education for their children.

Liquid Ventures is a business incubation and consulting firm that provides start-up companies with the knowledge and support that they need to grow. Liquid Ventures provides guidance on management, information technology, strategic planning and business development - as well as office space and financial support. Key clients include Prodigy Sports Group, FanTheFire.com, Varsity Vests and GatorWorks Web Design. Charlie also oversees the political consulting division of Liquid Ventures which specializes in helping clients implement effective programs in grassroots mobilization, earned media efforts and online campaigns.

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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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