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Rob Guidry
Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Rob Guidry, the longest sitting President & CEO in the history of the Lafayette Chamber, is dedicated to maintaining a economic climate conducive to creating jobs. Rob provides professional guidance while brokering ideas with the Board of Directors. He directs the staff and volunteers to always maintain and generate value and relevancy for the Chamber's investors.

A Louisiana native, Rob received a BS from Louisiana State University and worked as a broadcast journalist before beginning his career with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He is the founding Executive Director of Leadership Lafayette and a founder of Leadership Louisiana.

Rob is a two-time winner of the State Chamber Executive of the Year and serves on numerous community and professional boards and commissions.

He is the recipient of Richard E. Baudoin, Jr. Award from the Times Business Hall of Fame, which is awarded to an individual who has had an indirect impact on the business industry in Acadiana and the Rotary Club of Lafayette Vocational Excellence Award.

Guidry is a graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) which is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This comprehensive course of study consisting of four annual one-week sessions focusing on professional growth and development as required by the Institute Board of Trustees.

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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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