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Edwards names economic development committee, includes Black leaders, business owners

Gov.-Elect John Bel Edwards announced a third committee for his transition, this one dealing with Economic Development.  

The Economic Development Committee will be tasked with generating ideas on ways to strengthen our economy, attract new businesses to the state and grow our existing businesses. The Committee will focus their efforts on investing in education to train the next generation of workers, expanding research and development activities at our Gov.-Elect John Bel Edwards announced a third committee for his
transition, this one dealing with Economic Development.  

The Economic Development Committee will be tasked with generating ideas on ways to strengthen our economy, attract new businesses to the state and grow our existing businesses. The Committee will focus their efforts on investing in education to train the next generation of workers, expanding research and development activities at institutions of higher learning, and workforce development to accommodate the new industries.

The committee will be co-chaired by Sonia Perez, President of AT&T Louisiana, and Michael Hecht, CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Other members are:
Calvin Braxton, President and CEO of Braxton Land Company
Terrell Clayton, CEO of CENLA Advantage Partnership
Charles D’Agostino, Executive Director of LSU Innovation Park & Louisiana Business and Technology Center
Joseph Delpit, President of Joseph Delpit Enterprises
Erika McConduit Diggs, President and CEO of Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Jason Engles, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of Central South Carpenters Regional Council
Fran Gladden, Vice-President of Government and Public Affairs at Cox Communication
Rodney Greenup, President of Gulf South Engineering and Testing
Roy Griggs, President and CEO of Griggs Enterprises
Robert “Tiger” Hammond, President of New Orleans AFL-CIO and LA State Building
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Randal Hithe, Owner of Hithe Enterprises
Sibal Holt, President of Holt Construction
Jeff Jenkins, Partner with Bernhard Capital Partners
John Jones, Señor Vice President of Public Policy and Governmental Relations with CenturyLink
Adam Knapp, CEO of Baton Rouge Area Chamber?
Curtis Mezzic, Business Manager of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60
Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Phillip May, CEO of Energy Louisiana
Charlie Melancon, Owner of CMA, LLC
Don Pierson, Senior Director of Business Development for Louisiana Economic Development
Bonita Robertson, Site Director of New Orleans Works
Gale Potts Roque, Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry
Robert “Bobby” Savoie, CEO of Geocent
Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields, Attorney, Shields Mott, LLP
Glen Smith, CEO of Magnolia Companies
Collis Temple, CEO Harmony Center, Inc.
Chris Tyson, Professor of Law at LSU Law Center
Ginger Vidrine, Attorney
Lisa Walker, CEO and President of Health Systems 2000
Sevetri M. Wilson, CEO of Solid Ground Innovations, LLC
Arlanda Williams, Vice-Chairwoman of the Terrebonne Parish Council
institutions of higher learning,
and workforce development to accommodate the new industries coming into our state.

“Louisiana is open for business, but we cannot simply rely on costly tax
incentives to spread this message,” Edwards said. “Louisiana has always
had a strong workforce and we need to ensure this workforce is attractive to
diverse industries, while also responsibly incentivizing business and industry
to invest in our state. This committee is critical to our long-term economic
stability, and I’m confident they’ll help me develop a plan that is mutually
beneficial to the citizens of Louisiana and industry.” The committee will be
co-chaired by Sonia Perez, President of AT&T Louisiana, and Michael
Hecht, CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Additional Economic Development Committee members are: 

Calvin Braxton, President and CEO of Braxton Land Company
Terrell Clayton, CEO of CENLA Advantage Partnership
Charles D’Agostino, Executive Director of LSU Innovation Park & Louisiana Business and Technology Center
Joseph Delpit, President of Joseph Delpit Enterprises
Erika McConduit Diggs, President and CEO of Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Jason Engles, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of Central South Carpenters Regional Council
Fran Gladden, Vice-President of Government and Public Affairs at Cox Communication
Rodney Greenup, President of Gulf South Engineering and Testing
Roy Griggs, President and CEO of Griggs Enterprises
Robert “Tiger” Hammond, President of New Orleans AFL-CIO and LA State Building
Trades
Randal Hithe, Owner of Hithe Enterprises
Sibal Holt, President of Holt Construction
Jeff Jenkins, Partner with Bernhard Capital Partners
John Jones, Señor Vice President of Public Policy and Governmental Relations with CenturyLink
Adam Knapp, CEO of Baton Rouge Area Chamber?
Curtis Mezzic, Business Manager of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60
Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Phillip May, CEO of Energy Louisiana
Charlie Melancon, Owner of CMA, LLC
Don Pierson, Senior Director of Business Development for Louisiana Economic Development
Bonita Robertson, Site Director of New Orleans Works
Gale Potts Roque, Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry
Robert “Bobby” Savoie, CEO of Geocent
Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields, Attorney, Shields Mott, LLP
Glen Smith, CEO of Magnolia Companies
Collis Temple, CEO Harmony Center, Inc.
Chris Tyson, Professor of Law at LSU Law Center
Ginger Vidrine, Attorney
Lisa Walker, CEO and President of Health Systems 2000
Sevetri M. Wilson, CEO of Solid Ground Innovations, LLC
Arlanda Williams, Vice-Chairwoman of the Terrebonne Parish Council

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