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Curt Eysink
Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission

Curt Eysink was appointed executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal in July 2009. He is focused on making Louisiana the best state in the country to get a job or grow a business. The LWC is working to achieve this goal by increasing workforce participation across the state and by building a first-class workforce delivery system that meets the needs of business and industry.

Under Eysink’s leadership, the LWC has:
• Become one of the top 10 states for people served by its Workforce Investment Act program.
• Expanded its workforce development programs to include Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.
• Re-engineered the unemployment insurance system into a re-employment program.
• Made the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund one of the five strongest in the nation.
• Implemented workers’ compensation medical treatment guidelines.

He previously served as director of marketing for Louisiana Health Care Review Inc., and as city editor of The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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