Government, business leaders to work together on issues

Government and business leaders from Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes are traveling to Arizona this month to learn about how to improve education, workforce development, transportation and entrepreneurship.

The group will attend the Super Region Canvas in Phoenix and Tucson April 19-21 along with New Orleans and Baton Rouge business and government leaders.

Greater New Orleans Inc., the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Southeast Louisiana Economic Council are hosting the workshop, which will teach how regions can work together to implement changes in their communities, according to Greater New Orleans Inc.

Over 150 business and government leaders from Houma-Thibodaux, Baton Rouge and New Orleans will attend the workshop.

Jane Arnette, executive director of South Central Industrial Association, will focus on workforce development, a major initiative of the association.

Earl Meador, chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical College, and Arnette will focus on education, workforce and collaborative efforts between business and industry.

“This is a great opportunity for the Bayou Region to partner with GNO, Inc. and Baton Rouge Area Chamber on multiple issues and further identifies our region as part of the Super Region. This initiative is important for us to establish our region as leaders within the state,” Arnette said.

The southeast Louisiana super region is made up of the greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, plus Houma-Thibodaux. It’s part of an effort to unify a cohesive super region to be used in promotional and policy-making decisions.

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