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02/09 - Economic Development 2009

What effect will falling energy prices have on the state’s economy?

At the end of 2008, Louisiana found itself with an increase in its employment figures and an improving unemployment rate. But how long can the state remain insulated from the national recession? What effect will falling energy prices have on the state’s economy? Which industries provide the best hope for future job growth? Louisiana Public Square goes on the road to Monroe to look at what’s working and what challenges lay ahead on “Economic Development 2009,” Wednesday, February 25th at 7 pm.

Panelists:

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Monroe Mayor James E. "Jamie" Mayo
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Louisiana Economic Development Secretary, Stephen Moret
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Dave Norris, Jr., Director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center
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State Senator Francis Thompson (D) representing District 34 in Northeast Louisiana

Backgrounder

When compared to the rest of the nation, Louisiana’s economy seems do be doing relatively well. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the national economy has lost 3.6 million jobs. About one-half of this decline occurred in the past three months. But at the end of 2008, Louisiana was the only state in the nation to gain nonfarm jobs – 3,700 citizens were employed during November.

Other recent successes:

During 2008, Louisiana had a net gain of 8,500 jobs, a 0.4 percent increase from 2007.
For the same 12 month period the U.S. experienced a 1.4 percent decrease in jobs while the South saw a decrease of 0.4 percent.

All regions of Louisiana have seen job growth over the last year:

* Southeast +1.6%
* Central +1.3%
* Capital +1.2%
* Bayou +1.2 %
* Southwest +1.2%
* Northeast +0.9%
* Acadiana +0.9%
* Northwest +0.8%

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

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I’m tired of us, the people, buying golf courses, lakes and neighborhood developments and calling it economic development. It’s not! Give tax credits to companies that are already here and new companies to get them to come. THAT is economic development, not paying new companies to come here.
We also have too many state employees per capita. Lay some of them off. Yes I know that increases unemployment but I see plenty of “now hiring” signs up everywhere in northwest La. They will get work.
I have to tighten my belt. The state will tighten it’s belt, again, simple!

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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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