Governor Edwards establishes flood recovery task force
BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the establishment of a task force for flood recovery in the state.
The task force, Restore Louisiana Task Force, is charged with overseeing the state's recovery efforts from the recent historic flooding.
"The Restore Louisiana Task Force will help ensure that we are taking every necessary step as a state government to provide those critical resources to everyone in need and to make sound long-term investments in the recovery of our state," Edwards said.
The task force will establish and recommend state and local agencies with short and long-term priorities in developing plans for recovery and development such as housing, economic and workforce development, education, infrastructure, transportation, health care, fiscal stability, family services and agriculture.
It will also work to assist in finding sources of federal funding, along with establishing a legislative agenda for recovery efforts.
The appointments to the Restore Louisiana Task Force are as follows:
Adam Knapp, President & CEO, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Jacqui Vines, Retired Executive, Cox Communications
Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development
Michael Olivier, CEO, Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Sean Reilly, CEO, Lamar Advertising
Michael Faulk, Superintendent, Central
Ollie Tyler, Mayor, City of Shreveport
Johnny Bradberry, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Affairs, Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority Board Chairman
Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary, Department of Transportation & Development
Dr. James A. Richardson, State Economist
Raymond Jetson, Board Member, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, President & CEO, MetroMorphosis
Ronnie Harris, Executive Director, Louisiana Municipal Association
Roland Dartez, Executive Director, Louisiana Police Jury Association
Jimmy Durbin, Former Mayor, City of Denham Springs
Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, Lafayette Parish
Dave Norris, Mayor, City of West Monroe
Mike Strain, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture & Forestry
Edward "Ted" James, State Representative, District 101
Dan W. "Blade" Morrish, State Senator, District 25
J. Rogers Pope, State Representative, District 71
Robert E. Shadoin, State Representative, District 12