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Southeastern, Hammond Chamber to host presentation of LRA's Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, will host the Louisiana Recovery Authority’s first north shore presentation of the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan.

     The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive in Hammond.

     The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan has been developed over the last 20 months by the 33-member LRA, the planning and coordinating body created by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to lead rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The LRA has developed the Louisiana Speaks Region Plan using scenario planning, worldclass computer modeling and technical analysis, and extensive public input generated from tens of thousands of citizens.  With the plan finally complete, the LRA is presenting it to citizens throughout the state.

     “Southeastern’s Business Center is pleased to host this event in Tangipahoa Parish, and invite area citizens, businesses, elected officials, as well as economic and community development organizations,” said William Joubert, director of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center. 

     The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan is designed to provide a broad strategic framework and priorities for moving Louisiana forward.

     “Its innovative design will allow us to integrate planning for economic development, transportation, coastal protection and restoration, and community growth, thus allowing us to leverage future investments and accelerate the pace of Louisiana's longterm recovery,” Joubert said. “It will also complement and support parish and local plans and serve as a guide for sustainable growth over the next 50 years.”

     To RSVP for Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan breakfast event, please contact the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at 985-549-3831 or

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