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Stacey Chiasson
Dow Chemical Company

Stacey Chiasson serves as public affairs leader for the integrated sites of The Dow Chemical Company in Louisiana. Chiasson leads Dow’s public affairs team in Plaquemine and Hahnville. She oversees public affairs support at Dow sites in Grand Bayou, Greensburg, Sterlington and Weeks Island.

Stacey joined Dow in 2006. Prior to joining Dow, she was executive director of Career Builders. Career Builders began as a school-to-work partnership under a federal grant that was scheduled to sunset in 1999. Chiasson took the grant program and transformed it into a public-private non-profit that now has over $1million in workforce development contracts.

Chiasson started her career as a high school business teacher in Iberville parish but soon noticed that she could assist young people in making smarter education and career decisions by working on the outside of the system. She has work experience in the Louisiana Legislature, LSU as a workforce development research assistant, and private business as a performance improvement consultant. Her diverse experiences have served her well as an interpreter between government, education, and business.

Chiasson holds a BS degree in Business Education from LSU. She was named “Top 40 under 40” in 2003 by The Baton Rouge Business Report and was also nominated as Young Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2002. Stacey received Volunteer of the Year Award through the Iberville Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Chiasson is a member of the board of directors of Baton Rouge Green, Iberville Chamber of Commerce (Economic Development Chairman), and YMCA of the Capital Area.

Stacey has one child, Jackson who is 7.

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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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