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E. Renae Conley
President & CEO, Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C.

E. Renae Conley was named president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. in 2000. The two utilities serve a combined 1 million customers in the state.

She is responsible for the companies' electric distribution systems, customer service, regulatory and governmental affairs, and economic development programs, as well as the companies' financial performance.

Conley joined Entergy Corporation in 1999 as vice president of investor relations, where she was responsible for linking the company’s strategic vision with the financial expectations of Wall Street.

Her professional career includes a long list of leadership roles in the electric utility industry. She served as president of Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corp. and as president and CEO of Cadence, a joint venture of Cinergy, New Century Energies and Florida Progress. At Cinergy, she was also vice president of sales, and general manager of corporate communications and investor relations. Her wide background includes work in customer service, accounting, treasury and investor relations for PSI Energy. In 2004, she was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Key Woman in Energy in the Americas, a national honor bestowed on female executives for their contributions to the industry.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Conley was tapped by Governor Kathleen Blanco for the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

A respected business leader and advocate for economic development, Conley serves as chair of Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu’s Cultural Economy Foundation Board. Through her work on the board of directors for the Council for a Better Louisiana, she promotes educational excellence initiatives that benefit Louisiana schoolchildren. She sits on the Board of the Baton Rouge Boy Scouts and the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. Additionally, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Choicepoint of Alpharetta, Georgia in 2006.

Conley has a bachelor's of science degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration degree, both from Ball State University.

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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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