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Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry

P.O. Box 94004
225-342-0991

About The Governor:

Jeff Landry's love for our state, and his passion for helping others is defined by his Louisiana roots. Jeff grew up in the small town of St. Martinville where his mother was a schoolteacher and his parents took him to church every day. Later, Jeff learned the value of hard work in the sugar cane fields and then proudly joined the National Guard, serving in Operation Desert Storm. After returning home, Jeff worked as a police officer and sheriff's deputy, and later started a successful business and went to law school.

As a public servant, both as a U.S. Congressman and the Attorney General of Louisiana, Jeff Landry has shown strength and courage fighting for common sense values and bringing people together to deliver solutions.

On October 14, 2023 Jeff Landry was elected to become the 57th Governor of Louisiana in a historic primary victory. On January 8th, 2024, he assumed office.

As Governor, he will not be afraid to make the changes necessary to turn Louisiana around, deliver results, and fight for working families.

Jeff resides in Broussard, Louisiana with his wife, Sharon, and their son, JT.

Recent News

Governor Landry Declares State of Emergency Following Deadly Storms

Baton Rouge, LA - Governor Jeff Landry signed a State of Emergency Declaration for the severe storms and tornadoes which took place May 14-17 across the state. This declaration will permit state resources to assist in the recovery process for…

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Landry Applauds the Passage of the Welcome Home Act

Creates Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses Baton Rouge, LA - This week, the Louisiana Legislature passed Senate Bill 60, which provides for universal recognition of occupational licenses throughout Louisiana. This long-awaited bill…

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Gov. Jeff Landry Appoints the Interim Mayor and Chief of Police for the City of St. George

Baton Rouge, LA - On May 14, 2024, Governor Jeff Landry announced the appointment of the Interim Mayor and Chief of Police for the city of St. George. “Chief Morris and Mayor Yates have the experience needed to fill these…

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Gov. Jeff Landry Recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week

Baton Rouge, LA - On May 13, 2024, Governor Jeff Landry issued an Executive Order recognizing May 15th as “Peace Officers Memorial Day.” He ordered the flags of the U.S. and the State of Louisiana to be flown at half-staff over the…

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Gov. Jeff Landry and Legislators Visit Texas Southern Border

Baton Rouge, LA - On May 9, 2024, Governor Jeff Landry visited the Texas southern border with Brigadier General Thomas Friloux, Senator Caleb Kleinpeter, Senator Stewart Cathey, Senator Franklin Foil, Senator Mike Reese, Rep. Chuck Owen, Rep. Jack…

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Governor Jeff Landry Issues Statement Following the Clearing of Unlawful Tulane Protests

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Governor Jeff Landry and the Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Robert Hodges issued the following statements following law enforcement’s clearing of the unlawful protests on Tulane’s campus. …

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Gov. Jeff Landry Holds Bill Signing on SB 255

Creates Second Majority-Black Supreme Court Seat Baton Rouge, LA – Today, Governor Jeff Landry held a bill signing in his office in the Capitol. He signed Senator Cleo Fields bill, SB 255. This bill creates a second majority-black Supreme…

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Gov. Jeff Landry Declares April 29th Week Holocaust Remembrance Week

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Governor Jeff Landry issued a proclamation declaring the week of April 29th Holocaust Remembrance Week in Louisiana. “Today we are honored to issue this proclamation and mark the start of Holocaust Remembrance Week…

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Governor Landry Announces New Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Baton Rouge, LA – On April 22, 2024, Governor Jeff Landry announced new appointments to serve on the Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice,…

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Governor Landry Signs Emergency Declaration for Severe Storms and Tornadoes

Baton Rouge, LA - Following his visit to some of the hardest hit areas, Governor Jeff Landry signed an emergency declaration for the severe storms and tornadoes that took place on April 10. This declaration permits the use of state resources to…

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Governor Landry Visits Areas Hardest Hit by Last Week's Severe Weather

Baton Rouge, LA - On April 15, 2024, Governor Jeff Landry traveled to West Feliciana and St. Tammany parishes to survey damage from the tornadoes, hurricane force winds, hail, and flooding that affected our state last Wednesday. Click HERE for…

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Governor Jeff Landry Announces New Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Governor Jeff Landry announced new appointments to serve on the Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority, Drug Policy Board, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice,…

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Governor Landry Announces Delta Workforce Grant Program 2024 Recipients

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Governor Jeff Landry announced four recipients of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Workforce Grant Program (DWP). These grants expand opportunities to recruit, train, and retain a local workforce, while…

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Modernization of CPRA and DENR Receives Strong Support

Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry today applauded Representative Bret Geymann and others for their role in developing legislation to modernize the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) to provide for better management of…

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Governor Landry Announces New Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Governor Jeff Landry announced new appointments to serve on the Red River, Atchafalaya, and Bayou Boeuf Levee District, Uniform Electronic Local Return and Remittance Advisory Committee, Louisiana State Board of Dentistry,…

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LDH Launches 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Awareness Campaign During Mental Health Awareness Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – This May, observed annually as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Louisiana Department of Health is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone in…

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State Opens Application Period For Small Business Loan Program

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that the application period is now open for the Restore Louisiana Small Business Loan Program, a federally funded lending program that will provide assistance for non-construction expenses to eligible small…

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Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect to Deliver World-Class, High-Speed Fiber Internet Access to East Carroll Parish Residents

SHREVEPORT, La. – Conexon Connect, the internet service provider formed by rural fiber broadband leader Conexon, has been selected by a consortium of community organizations representing East Carroll Parish to deliver high-speed fiber internet…

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Prolec GE Shreveport Facility Expansion To Create 153 New Jobs

SHREVEPORT, La. – Prolec GE USA, a joint venture between Xignux and General Electric, will invest up to $28.5 million to expand its Caddo Parish facility to manufacture electrical transformers used in wind farms, solar parks and other…

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Gov. Edwards Statement on Record-High Number of Employed Louisianans

BATON ROUGE, La. – New federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data released this morning shows that Louisiana has more people working than ever before. Gov. John Bel Edwards said: “There are now more Louisianans working than ever before…

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Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Ends After Disbursing All Available Funds

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program has disbursed all payments to eligible renters and landlords, fully exhausting the state’s allocation of program funds received from the U.S. Department of the…

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Gov. Edwards Releases Bipartisan Legislative Agenda

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the bills in his 2023 legislative package, the final regular legislative session of his second term. “This package of bipartisan legislation aims for a Louisiana that lives our…

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Gov. Edwards Appoints Monique Edwards as Commissioner of Conservation

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has appointed Monique Edwards as Commissioner of Conservation, following the passing of Richard Ieyoub, Sr. who served in the position since 2016. “Monique Edwards is…

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Gov. Edwards Accepts Resignation of LDWF Sec. Jack Montoucet

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has accepted the resignation of Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet, effective upon close of business today. Deputy Secretary Robert Shadoin has been named the new secretary.…

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Gov. Edwards' 2023 Regular Session Remarks

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of legislature, distinguished guests and my fellow Louisianans. This is the eighth time I’ve delivered the State of the State address. This well is where I asked you to work with me to fix our budget.…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on the Passing of Richard Ieyoub, Sr.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of former Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, Sr. He most recently served as commissioner of conservation under the Edwards administration…

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United Utility Services Establishes Headquarters in New Orleans

BATON ROUGE, La. – United Utility Services, a portfolio company of Baton Rouge-based Bernhard Capital Partners, announced it is establishing its national headquarters in New Orleans. The firm, a leading utility services provider, looks to…

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New Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Smart on Crime Tenets of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

BATON ROUGE, La. – On Tuesday evening, a poll conducted by JMC Analytics was released showing broad bipartisan support in Louisiana for the core tenets of the 2017 bipartisan criminal justice reform package signed into law by Governor John Bel…

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Gov. Edwards Accepts Resignation of LDH Sec. Courtney N. Phillips, Appoints Successor

BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips has submitted her resignation, effective Thursday, April 6, 2023. LDH Director of Legal, Audit and…

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Gov. Edwards Urges Medicaid Members to Take Action to Avoid Losing Coverage

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a new public service announcement (PSA) urging Medicaid members to take action so they do not risk losing their coverage. In April 2023, Medicaid will re-start eligibility reviews for…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on Deaths of Louisiana Natives in Nashville Mass Shooting

BATON ROUGE, La. – See below for a statement from Governor John Bel Edwards on the mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School in Nashville, Tennessee, which claimed the lives of three children and three adults, two of whom were native…

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Stay Weather Aware During the Latest Severe Weather Threat

BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) are encouraging everyone to stay weather aware as we face another severe weather threat this weekend. A Tornado…

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Gov. Edwards and DNR Announce More than 100 Orphaned Wells Plugged with BIL Funding in First Two Months of Work

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Tom Harris announced that more than 100 orphaned well sites have been plugged in the first two months of work funded by the…

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Gov. Edwards Unveils Online Dashboard for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Projects

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a new website to help Louisianans learn about the projects and opportunities in their communities from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The “Building the Bayou State” website features a…

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Gov. Edwards Releases Certification Documents Received from Orleans Registrar

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Dr. Sandra Wilson acknowledging that his office received her letter and delivery of the Certification and Petition to recall Mayor Latoya Cantrell and that the number…

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International Game Developer To Establish New Orleans Talent Hub

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Big Fish Games, a leading mobile casual game developer, announced it is establishing a talent hub in New Orleans to continue to bolster its workforce as the company further expands its presence in North America. The…

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Gov. Edwards Accepts Resignation of LDEQ Sec. Chuck Carr Brown, Names Interim Secretary

BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown has submitted his resignation, effective March 31st. LDEQ Assistant Secretary for Assessment…

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Louisiana Veteran Business Initiative Reaches Record Numbers

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Veterans First Business Initiative, established in 2019 to promote businesses owned by veterans, active-duty or reserve military and Gold Star spouses, has reached a new milestone with the certification of its…

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Gov. Edwards Will Deny Folgers ITEP Applications

BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced today he will use his constitutional authority to deny the ITEP applications by Folgers Coffee that were recently advanced by the state Board of Commerce and Industry. The applications were…

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Gulf Wind Technology and Shell Collaborate to Establish Offshore Wind Energy Hub at Avondale Global Gateway

AVONDALE, La. – In an effort to advance offshore wind energy technology and expand the emerging industry’s skilled workforce, Gulf Wind Technology announced today it is collaborating with Shell to establish a research, training and…

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Application Deadline for Gov. Edwards' Fellows Program Extended to March 20

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. Edwards announced the application deadline for the 2023 Governor’s Fellows Program has been extended to March 20. The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is an opportunity for college…

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Gov. Edwards Meets with U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and Major Tire Manufacturer on Final Day of Asia Economic Mission

SEOUL – Gov. John Bel Edwards wrapped up a week of high-level engagements with business and government leaders in Asia Friday by discussing a wide range of economic and policy issues with U.S. Ambassador of South Korea Philip S. Goldberg.…

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Gov. Edwards and Lotte Chemical Reinforce Louisiana Investments as Asian Trade Mission Continues in South Korea

SEOUL – Gov. John Bel Edwards’ economic mission to Asia shifted to South Korea Thursday, with the governor meeting with executives of Lotte Chemical, a leading Korean investor in Louisiana. Lotte has major manufacturing facilities in the…

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To Keep Louisiana Moving Forward, I’m Endorsing Shawn Wilson For Governor

To Keep Louisiana Moving Forward, I’m Endorsing Shawn Wilson For Governor We’ve made so much progress in Louisiana since I took office – from expanding Medicare to stabilizing the state’s budget to signing sweeping…

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Applications Remain Open for Gov. Edwards' Fellows Program for College Students

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. Edwards announced the application for the 2023 Governor’s Fellows Program is now open. The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is an opportunity for college and university student…

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Gov. Edwards Meets With Global Manufacturers To Encourage Louisiana Investment, Promote Sustainability As Asia Economic Mission Continues

Gov. John Bel Edwards continued his economic development mission to Asia Tuesday by visiting a silicon semiconductor plant and meeting with top executives of two of the world's largest chemical manufacturing companies. The governor was joined by…

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Energy And Trade Highlight First Day Of Governor's Economic Development Mission To Asia

TOKYO – A Louisiana delegation led by Gov. John Bel Edwards met Monday with top energy, industry and trade officials from Japan, one of Louisiana’s leading international trade partners, kicking off the governor’s economic mission…

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Gov. Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development Officials Travel to Asia to Cultivate Business Development and Trade Ties

**NOTE**: Before beginning his travel today, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a modified Unified Command Group briefing with the National Weather Service, cabinet secretaries and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness…

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Gov. Edwards Names Dr. Eric Kalivoda Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards named Dr. Eric Kalivoda as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development to replace Dr. Shawn Wilson, who is retiring on March 4th after 7 years of service as secretary. Dr.…

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Gov. Edwards and GOHSEP Urges Louisianans to Prepare Now for a Severe Weather Threat Beginning Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is encouraging everyone to stay weather aware due to the latest severe weather threat. The National Weather…

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Lafayette Biotech Company Announces 40-Job Expansion

LAFAYETTE, La. – Tides Medical, a producer of skin graft products distributed nationwide for use in the treatment of chronic or difficult-to-heal wounds, announced it is investing $1.5 million to upgrade its corporate headquarters and…

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Gov. Edwards Announces Retirement of Sec. Shawn Wilson After Incredibly Accomplished Tenure as DOTD Secretary

BATON ROUGE, La.– This morning, Governor John Bel Edwards accepted a letter from DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson informing the Governor that Sec. Wilson will retire from state service effective March 4, 2023. “Dr. Shawn Wilson has been the…

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Spectrum, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Area Leaders Break Ground on Broadband Network

WALKER, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and other community leaders joined Spectrum officials to break ground on construction of a fiber-optic network buildout that will ultimately bring gigabit broadband and other services to more than 500…

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Kindle Energy Breaks Ground on $750 Million Power Station in Iberville Parish

PLAQUEMINE, La. – Kindle Energy announced it is building a $750 million, 700-megawatt electric generation plant in Iberville Parish that will produce enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes per year. The facility, named the…

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USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson in Lake Charles to celebrate the $150 million grant from…

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Statement from Gov. Edwards on Conclusion of Insurance Fund Special Session

“I am grateful to Senate President Page Cortez, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, and the entire legislature for their willingness to come in for this brief special session. This appropriation into the Insure Louisiana Incentive Fund will only…

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Gov. Edwards Celebrates First Year of Statewide Climate Action

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force marked the first year of progress toward the goals of Louisiana’s Climate Action Plan with the release of the 2023 Annual Report. The report highlights key…

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More Broken Records: December Unemployment Rate Was Lowest Ever for Month of December

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana’s December 2022 unemployment rate was the lowest ever for the month of December, coming in at 3.5%. Since December 2021, Louisiana’s unemployment rate has dropped 0.9 percentage points from 4.4%, and…

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Gov. Edwards Calls Extraordinary Session to Address Insurance Incentive Fund, Jan. 30th to Feb. 5th

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a call for the Louisiana Legislature to convene an extraordinary session to appropriate funds to the Insure Louisiana Incentive Fund, a fund created in the 2022 legislative session with the goal…

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ExxonMobil's Polypropylene Growth Project Begins Operations in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards joined ExxonMobil officials to celebrate the commencement of operations for the Polypropylene Growth Project (PPG Project), a new production unit that broke ground in 2019. The investment of more than…

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Niagara Bottling Invests Up to $160 Million to Build Tangipahoa Parish Manufacturing Facility

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. – Niagara Bottling, one of the nation’s leading beverage manufacturers, has announced it plans to invest up to $160 million to establish a state-of-the-art production facility near Hammond. The company will create…

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Gov. Edwards to Mark Seven-Year Anniversary of Medicaid Expansion

BATON ROUGE, La. – This week, Governor Edwards will host a series of events to mark the seven-year anniversary of the expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana. On his first full day in office on January 12th, 2016, Gov. Edwards signed JBE16-01, an…

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Gov. Edwards Proclaims January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. – Governor John Bel Edwards has joined a host of national and state leaders to declare January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Louisiana. Human Trafficking has a global impact affecting the lives of more than 28…

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National Technology Firm to Create New Orleans Talent Hub, Create 150 Jobs

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Excella, an Agile technology firm that specializes in artificial intelligence and modernizing IT systems, announced it is establishing a talent hub in New Orleans to expand its software development team for government and…

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Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma Hydrogen Partnership Encouraged to Submit Full Application for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program

Today, Govs. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and J. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma announced that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has encouraged the HALO Hydrogen Hub to submit a Full Application for the Regional…

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Gov. Edwards Urges Louisianans to Prepare for Arctic Outbreak

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) are urging Louisianans to plan for an Arctic outbreak expected to move into the state beginning Thursday and continuing…

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CPRA Receives Authorization for Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) received approval of permits and permissions to build and operate the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This…

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Gov. Edwards Sends Letter to the EPA Requesting the Capitol Lakes be Designated as a Superfund Site to Receive Federal Funding for Pollution Removal

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the final step required to classify the heavily contaminated Capitol Lakes as a Superfund site, thereby making them eligible for federal…

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Governor Edwards Signs a State of Emergency Following Tuesday Night's Deadly Storms

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to areas impacted by Tuesday’s severe weather following a Unified Command Group meeting with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) this…

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State Offices Closed in 12 Parishes Wednesday, Dec. 14

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state offices in 12 parishes will close tomorrow, Dec. 14, in expectation of severe weather. The parishes closed are Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafayette,…

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Gov. Edwards Announces $1.8 Billion Louisiana Port Expansion Project

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a historic public-private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans and two global maritime industry leaders to build a $1.8 billion state-of-the-art container facility on…

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Gov. Edwards to Host Lighting Ceremony for the 2nd Annual U.S. Armed Forces Memorial Grove of Lights Display in Veterans Memorial Park

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards along with Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will hold a lighting ceremony for the U.S. Armed Forces…

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Gov. Edwards Honors GOLD Award and Inclusive Art Recipients

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs honored the winners of the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Awards and the 2022 Inclusive Art Contest in a…

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Gov. Edwards to Host Series of Festive Thank You Events for Faith and Community Leaders

BATON ROUGE, La. — Beginning tomorrow, Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a series of events during the holiday season to thank the faith community and community organizations for their dedication and hard work to move Louisiana forward in…

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Gov. Edwards and French President Macron Seal Partnership to Enhance Ties to Clean Energy and Address Impacts of Climate Change

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the strong cultural…

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Gov. Edwards Encourages Rural Communities to Take Advantage of Rural Development Support for Federal Funding Opportunities

BATON ROUGE, La. — Following a recent meeting with the regional directors of the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, Gov. John Bel Edwards is encouraging rural communities to reach out to the Office for help taking advantage of the…

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State Offices Will Close at Noon Today in Eight Northeast La Parishes Due to Expected Severe Weather

BATON ROUGE, La. — Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state offices in eight parishes will close at noon today, Nov. 29, in expectation of severe weather. The parishes closed are Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll,…

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Prepare for the Threat of Severe Weather Beginning Tuesday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging everyone to stay weather aware as a potentially dangerous weather system moves into the state Tuesday. The threat includes…

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Gov. Edwards Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former First Gentleman Raymond "Coach" Blanco

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on the passing of Former First Gentleman Raymond “Coach” Blanco. “Some people make a lasting impression from the moment you meet them. Coach was one of those people. The son of…

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Gov. Edwards Accepts Resignation of Deputy Sec. of Youth Services and Names Interim Deputy Secretary

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has accepted the resignation of Deputy Secretary for Youth Services William Sommers, who has led the agency since 2020. Before joining OJJ, Sommers spent more than 30 years at…

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Take Five: Louisiana Breaks Lowest Unemployment Rate Record, Again

Baton Rouge, La. – For the fifth straight month, Louisiana has set a new record for the lowest unemployment rate in state history, down to 3.3% unemployment. Governor John Bel Edwards said: “Louisiana’s unemployment rate is now…

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Gov. Edwards Signs Formal Apology for the Unjust Killings of Southern University Students Denver Smith and Leonard Brown on the 50th Anniversary of their Deaths

Baton Rouge, La. – In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Southern University students Denver Smith and Leonard Brown and the nine student leaders who were banned from entering the campus of Southern University as a…

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State Receives HUD Grant Agreement for Additional $1.72 Billion for the 2020-21 Storms

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Division of Administration has signed a second grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for recovery from Louisiana’s devastating 2020-21 storms. The…

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Gov. Edwards Celebrates One Year Since Passage of BIL, $4 Billion in Infrastructure Funding for Louisiana and Signs Executive Order to Increase Access to Funding for Women and Minority Businesses

One year after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), $4 billion in BIL funding has already been announced for more than 120 projects across Louisiana. The state is also expected to receive approximately $5.9 billion over…

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Gov. Edwards, DOTD kick-off construction for Ambassador Caffery Interchange project in Broussard

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards was joined by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson along with state and local officials to celebrate the start of the Ambassador Caffery Interchange, a future I-49 South…

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Gov. Edwards Announces the Resignation of DCFS Secretary Marketa Walters

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has accepted the resignation of Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters. Walters, who has led the agency since 2016, has a long and distinguished career of working to…

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ICYMI: Pew: 5 Years In, 5 Things to Know About Louisiana's Justice System

ICYMI: Pew: 5 Years In, 5 Things to Know About Louisiana’s Justice System In case you missed it last week, the Pew Charitable Trusts published a story highlighting the transformative impact bipartisan criminal justice reforms have had on…

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Gov. Edwards to Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Criminal Justice Reform and Justice Reinvestment

BATON ROUGE, La. — Next week, Governor Edwards will hold a series of events to mark the five-year anniversary of bipartisan criminal justice reform becoming law. The Governor’s Office will also run a social media campaign to celebrate…

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Four Months in a Row: Louisiana Hits Another Record Low Unemployment Rate at 3.4%

Four Months in a Row: Louisiana Hits Another Record Low Unemployment Rate at 3.4% BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana’s fourth straight month of record-breaking low unemployment rates.…

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Gov. Edwards Breaks Ground on $96 Million Pump Station on Bayou Lafourche

DONALDSONVILLE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation and several elected officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a critically needed $96 million pump station in Donaldsonville where Bayou…

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Gov. Edwards Encourages Louisianans to Take Advantage of Federal Student Loan Forgiveness

See below for a statement from Governor Edwards: “As President Biden announced this week, applications for the federal government’s student loan debt relief program are now open. I strongly encourage every Louisianan with student debt…

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Gov. Edwards Announces $320 Million In BIL Funding to Expand Electric Vehicle Battery Manufacturing in Louisiana, Create Hundreds of Jobs at Koura in St. Gabriel, Syrah in Vidalia

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Governor Edwards announced that two companies in Louisiana have been awarded $320 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to expand manufacturing of electric vehicle…

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WATCH: Gov. Edwards Thanks Record-Breaking DOTD Retiree for His Service

Today, the Governor’s Office released a video of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ visit with Mr. Roland Babin, who recently retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) after a record-breaking 67 years of civil…

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ICYMI: The Advocate: Nearly $300M in tax revenue came rushing back to local governments last year after ITEP reforms, report says

In case you missed it earlier this week, The Advocate published a story on a new report showing massive investment in local government, schools and police departments due to Gov. Edwards’ ITEP reform. Read the Governor's full statement on the…

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Gov. Edwards Announces Milestone Emissions Reduction Project

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and the executives of major global energy corporations CF Industries, ExxonMobil and EnLink Midstream announced an “unprecedented” decarbonization collaboration aimed at dramatically…

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Statement from Gov. Edwards on Matthew Block's Exceptional Service to the State of Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Executive Counsel Matthew Block's exceptional service to the state of Louisiana. Gov. Edwards said: “This is truly bittersweet for me and our team. Matthew has…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on Report Showing Massive Investment in Local Government Due to ITEP Reform

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis' report showing massive investment in local government due to ITEP reform. Gov. Edwards said: “Giving…

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Gov. Edwards Announces Expansion of John Deere Thibodaux Plant to Create 70 Bayou Region Jobs

THIBODAUX, La. — Deere & Company, the global corporation that manufactures the iconic John Deere brand of agricultural, construction and forestry equipment, is investing $29.8 million to expand operations at its Thibodaux facility. The…

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Gov. Edwards Issues a Statement on More than 130,000 Women Receiving Breast Cancer Screenings Thanks to Medicaid Expansion

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips issued a statement on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the continued life-saving impacts of Medicaid expansion.…

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Schlumberger Invests $11.5 Million to Create North Gulf Coast Operations Hub in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, La. — Schlumberger announced it will invest $11.5 million to centralize its North Gulf Coast (NGC) divisions at a newly renovated operations hub in Lafayette. The company will create 44 new direct jobs and more than $4 million of…

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Gov. Edwards Announces $270 Million in Bridge Projects to be Funded through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

BATON ROUGE, La. — Governor John Bel Edwards toured a locally owned bridge in East Baton Rouge today with inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). The bridge was deemed deficient and load posted in…

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Louisiana Sends Help To Florida As Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall

BATON ROUGE, La. – As Hurricane Ian impacts Florida, Governor John Bel Edwards has spoken with Governor Ron DeSantis and offered assistance and resources to aid the people of Florida. Resources are already en route, and preparations are…

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Gov. Edwards Breaks Ground on $1.5 Million Broadband Project in St. Martin Parish, Announces Additional $8 Million for Broadband in Acadiana Region

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Cajun Broadband and state, regional, and local leaders to celebrate the start of construction on a $1.5 million effort to bring high speed internet to over 500 locations in St. Martin…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on Third Consecutive Month of Record-Breaking Low Unemployment

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana’s third consecutive month of record-breaking low unemployment rates, the latest at 3.5 percent, and the total number of jobs created since the height of the…

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Gov. Edwards, DOTD Announce $73 Million Allocation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for EV Infrastructure

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announce that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan…

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Biotech Facility in Monroe, Jazz Museum in New Orleans Awarded EDA Grants Totaling $2.7 Million

BATON ROUGE, La. — A north Louisiana bioscience center and a New Orleans Jazz Museum expansion have been awarded a combined $2.7 million in American Rescue Plan grants announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic…

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Governor, LDH leaders receive their flu and updated COVID boosters, encourage Louisianans to 'make a plan'

BATON ROUGE, La. — Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Health leadership received their seasonal flu and updated COVID-19 booster shots today at Our Lady of the Lake's North Baton Rouge Clinic. They urged other Louisianans to…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on Louisiana's Success in Preventing Brain Drain

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana’s success in retaining recent college graduates in state following completion of their degree. According to a recent Washington Post analysis, Louisiana…

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Governor Edwards and FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel Lead Baton Rouge Roundtable Discussion of Communication Networks Resiliency

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Governor John Bel Edwards joined FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for a roundtable discussion on communication networks resiliency issues, lessons learned, and policy changes made in the wake of last year’s…

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Gov. Edwards' Statement on the Passing of Moon Landrieu

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the passing of Maurice Edwin “Moon” Landrieu: “Moon Landrieu was a courageous and defining voice for Louisiana and his beloved hometown of New…

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Gov. Edwards Hails Clean Energy 'Milestone' as Louisiana Hydrogen Project Wins $50 Million Federal Grant

Gov. John Bel Edwards congratulates Greater New Orleans, Inc. and its affiliate Greater New Orleans Development Foundation for the groundbreaking plan to create an offshore wind-powered hydrogen energy industry cluster in south Louisiana that has…

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Governor Edwards Announces 1st in the country NTIA Grants and more GUMBO Awards Aimed at Closing the Digital Divide

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by federal, state, locally elected officials and community leaders for the inaugural Broadband Solutions Summit to announce that over $35 million will be distributed to bring affordable high speed internet to…

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Gov. Edwards Celebrates the First Group of Residents Resettling at The New Isle Community

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by state and local leaders as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to celebrate the first group of former residents of Isle de Jean…

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Watershed Council Approves Project List for $100M Design Support Program and Approves New $100M Funding Opportunity for Flood Mitigation

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards is announcing the state will dedicate $100 million in federal funds to a Design Support Program for 28 flood mitigation projects and another $100 million to a Round 2 funding opportunity for…

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Gov. Edwards Announces Record Low Unemployment Rate

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana setting another record low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. Gov. Edwards said: "I am very happy to announce that Louisiana has set another record-low for…

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Governor Edwards Holds Groundbreaking of Louisiana Capitol's First African American Veterans Monument

BATON ROUGE, La. – On Aug 17th, Governor John Bel Edwards was joined by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the Louisiana House and Senate Select Committees on Veterans Affairs, military and local officials for the groundbreaking of the…

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Gov. Edwards, DOTD Celebrate Substantial Completion of I-10 Widening Project

Today Gov. John Bel Edwards, DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. and other state and local officials celebrated the substantial completion of the I-10 widening project in Calcasieu Parish. This $45.5 million project, which stretched from…

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CF Industries Announces Planned $2 Billion Carbon-Capture Ammonia Complex in Ascension Parish

BATON ROUGE, La. – CF Industries Holdings, Inc., announced it is evaluating a site in Ascension Parish for construction of a proposed $2 billion blue ammonia production facility that would create 103 direct new jobs in the Capital Region with…

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Gov. Edwards Holds Groundbreaking of Louisiana Capitol's First African American Veterans Monument

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the Louisiana House and Senate Select Committees on Veterans Affairs, military and local officials for the groundbreaking of the first…

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Gov. Edwards Announces Statewide Recommendations for Litter Abatement and First Phase of Major Cleanup Project

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and LSU officials to announce federal and state funding for the first phase of the major cleanup of a borrow pit at Burden Museum and…

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Gov. Edwards and Economic Development Officials to Travel to Netherlands and France to Further Develop Water Management and Economic Partnerships

BATON ROUGE, La. — This Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards will lead a delegation of business and state leaders on an economic development, water management and resiliency mission to the Netherlands and France. The delegation includes…

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Gov. Edwards Announces an Additional $253 Million to Make Hurricane Ida Parishes More Resilient

Gov. Edwards Announces an Additional $253 Million to Make Hurricane Ida Parishes More Resilient BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)…

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Louisiana To Receive $134 Million Of Additional Federal Funding To Improve Infrastructure Resilience

Louisiana To Receive $134 Million Of Additional Federal Funding To Improve Infrastructure Resilience Baton Rouge, La. - The Federal Highway Administration recently announced a new program aimed at defending against the effects of climate change…

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ICYMI: KNOE: Broadband Investment Bringing Excitement, Hope to Lake Providence

ICYMI: KNOE: Broadband Investment Bringing Excitement, Hope to Lake Providence Yesterday, KNOE aired a story on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement earlier this week in Lake Providence of a $130 million investment from the American Rescue…

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