Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards continued his statewide tour meeting with business leaders and elected officials from the Northshore area where he lead discussions seeking avenues for collaboration and consensus on strategies to stabilize the state budget long-term and avoid the imminent $1 billion fiscal cliff. Today’s meeting was the sixth in a series that Gov. Edwards is hosting around Louisiana in an effort to bring diverse partners to the table for honest and urgent discussions.

“This is now the sixth round of meetings I have facilitated across the state of Louisiana with the goal of soliciting feedback and ideas from the business community and local officials. Our hope is to find understanding and common ground on the best strategies to stabilize our budget and avoid the serious fiscal cliff,” said Gov. Edwards. “In these meetings around the state, again and again, I’ve seen a willingness to better understand the complex nature of our fiscal challenges and a desire to play a role in helping our state emerge better than we found it. From what I am hearing in these discussions, it is clear to me that we have a real opportunity to stand on common ground and put Louisiana on better financial footing for generations to come.”

The governor has led similar meetings in Shreveport/Bossier, New Orleans, Alexandria, Houma and Baton Rouge. Participants in the Northshore meeting were:

Mayson Foster
Former Mayor, City of Hammond

Saul Rubio
Rubio Enterprises

Christopher Moody
Moody Law Firm

Kristin Spano Braud
Pedelahore & Co. LLP

Maurice Gaudet IV
J & M Industries

Mark Dispenza
Kaizen Strategy, LLC 

Michael Holly
Holly and Smith Architects 

Kyle France
Kehoe France

Dennis James
James Lambert Riggs & Associates, Inc.

Judy Althouse Nesser
K-Team Printing and Imaging 

Deric Murphy
Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC

Brian Shirey
Northshore Broadcasting

Jennifer  Lee
Chehardy Sherman Williams

Hayley Taff
Orion Properties of Hammond, LLC

Stephanie Bankston
DS Bankston Enterprises

Cari Caramonta
Gnarly Barley Brewing

Zac Caramonta
Gnarly Barley Brewing

Glenda Dobson
Cypress Pointe Hospital

Brian Gohres
Emery & James, LTD.

Alexis D Ducorbier
Alexis Ducorbier/State Farm Insurance

Chance Enmon

Jay Prather

Jay Blossman

Melissa Bordelon
Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce

Larry Bleakley
Shell Oil Company

Maura Donahue
Donahue Favret

Joe Cross
Amite Funeral Home

Belinda Vinning
Parishes Supportive Living, Inc. 

Hart Bordelon
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, Co.

Phillip May

John Poteet
Louisiana’s First Choice Auto Auction

Pastor Bobby Showers
Rose Valley and Zion Travelers

Shelby LaSalle
Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr. Project Services

Eric Erickson
Sanderson Farms