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Chuck Morse
Head of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Chuck Morse is the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. His responsibilities include oversight of the Mississippi River Road Commission, the Red River Development Council, the Atchafalaya Trace Commission and the Louisiana Byways Program, a network of 13 Welcome Centers, National & International Marketing, and a ten million dollar advertising & public relations program. The Office of Tourism has an overall 20 plus million dollar budget with 82 full-time staff and scores of part-time wage employees.

He has spent his entire career in the tourism/hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President at the Washington DC Convention and Tourism Corporation, where he managed governmental and community affairs. Prior to this, Morse was the Director of Membership Development at the Washington DC Convention and Visitors Association.

He has also served as a convention and meeting consultant and as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Aimats Corporation. Morse has taught Hotel/Tourism at the New Orleans Job Corp, and, in his first tourism job, worked as a hotel front office manager. He has held memberships and affiliations with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the American Society of Association Executives, the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce, the Washington DC Business Coalition and the Washington Airport Task Force. Morse currently chairs the Hospitality Signage Taskforce and is a member of board of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at Virginia State University and a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.

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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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