Sen. Brown releases project compilation

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Troy Brown

NAPOLEONVILLE – State Senator Troy Brown released a year-end compilation of Legislative and Departmental funding projects for Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James and West Baton Rouge parishes recently.

This report focuses on Senate District 2 and includes information on several parish-specific projects as well as department-specific programs surrounding various highway improvement projects, and new or expanding economic development initiatives throughout the eight-parish chemical corridor represented by Brown.

Brown also intends to implement strategies to help with the dire need for skilled labor due to the massive amount of growth predicted for south Louisiana.

"South Louisiana will experience unprecedented growth throughout the Chemical, Oil and Gas, and Petrochemical industry," Brown said. "To help facilitate the employment opportunities I will be setting up a number of job fairs, in order to bring the many new and current employers to detail exactly what

caliber of workers they are seeking, and as well to outline the background and training they are looking for in potential workers. These upcoming employment opportunities will be a huge asset for the area."

Brown also has plans in 2013 to host seminars necessary for prospective homebuyers or current homeowners looking to refinance. Workshops are also planned for new and potential small businesses.

"Entrepreneurship and homeownership is an area of much desire for many people yet the knowledge base to accomplish either continues to remain lacking or very shallow," Brown said. Statistics show that homeownership is the most important purchase we will make in our lifetime, yet understanding how to achieve this has remained a constant hurdle for many over the years.

The funding information is compiled from the Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) reports; the 2012 Capital Outlay Act; the Fiscal Services Division of the Senate Committee on Finance; the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD); the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); Louisiana Economic Development; The Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works; and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

-Town of Maringouin, $20,000, water tower rehabilitation.

-Iberville Parish Council, $30,000, various sewer system improvements.

-City of St. Gabriel, $16,000, purchase street signs for around town.

-City of St. Gabriel, $16,700, renovations to town hall.

-Town of White Castle, $20,000, police protection equipment.

-Village of Rosedale, $20,000, drainage improvements along Sidney Road.

-Village of Grosse Tete, $20,000, mowing equipment.

-DOTD, La. 1 resurfacing from Plaquemine to White Castle, planning and construction, $1 million.

-Iberville Levee Access Rd, $1,104,354.40, Bridge Replacement.

-528 South Catherine Street - Stewart Street Stabilize Base & Overlay, $4,250.

-The City of Plaquemine, wastewater/sewer improvements, low interest loan, $1,500,000.

- Bayou Sorrel Boat Launch, $670,000.