Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: May 7, 2013
HAMMOND -- North Shore Focus, a regionally-hosted gathering with state legislators, will be held at the Louisiana Capitol Tuesday, May 14, from 9 to 4 p.m.
This year's schedule includes informal briefings and updates from elected officials and legislators on healthcare, higher education, transportation and parish priorities from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Clairborne Building Marbois Room. A mix and mingle follows at noon until 3 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda. Barry Erwin of CABL (Council for a Better Louisiana) will cap off the day with his presentation of "Political Theater 101: Grand Drama at the Capitol" at 3 p.m. in the Capitol Senate Committee Room C.
This is the 10-year anniversary for the collaborative advocacy event, designed to provide area business leaders with an opportunity to visit with legislators from across the state and present the North Shore region's legislative priorities, said Erin Cowser, Southeastern Louisiana University executive director of public and governmental affairs and Hammond Chamber of Commerce executive committee member. There is no cost to attend the event.
"Legislators tell us it makes their jobs that much easier when they're presented with collective plans and priorities," she said. "While each parish may have its specific needs and wants, collectively as a region, what's good for Tangipahoa is good for Livingston, what's good for Washington is good for St. Tammany, and vice versa."
As a true reflection of the state's fastest growing region, Cowser said the event's list of co-hosts continues to grow with representation of a fifth parish included this year. Co-hosts include the Livingston Economic Development Council, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, and St. Helena Parish Economic Development.
From St. Tammany Parish are the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, and St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.
Representing Tangipahoa Parish are the Amite Chamber of Commerce, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development District, Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Louisiana Business Center, Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation and the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Washington Parish co-hosts include the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce and Washington Economic Development Foundation.
Northshore Technical Community College Alumni and the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association, as well as the Northshore Legislative Alliance, are also regional partners.
Chamber members and representatives of the business community are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the individual chamber offices or the Southeastern Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.