Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards continued his statewide tour meeting with business leaders and elected officials from the Acadiana region. The governor is soliciting new ways for business leaders and elected officials to come together with the common goal of stabilizing and reforming the state budget to avoid the imminent $1 billion fiscal cliff. Today’s meeting was the eighth overall that Gov. Edwards has hosted around Louisiana.

“I have covered almost every corner of the state on my statewide tour, so it was nice to be able to spend time with local officials and business leaders in the Acadiana area and benefit from their insight and suggestions,” said Gov. Edwards. “I appreciate their willingness to engage with me about the challenges and opportunities they perceive in an area of the state where so many Louisianans have been fighting to recover from the oil and gas downturn. There are many important takeaways from our conversation today, and I look forward to working together to continue stabilizing the state budget and avoid the approaching fiscal cliff.”

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

Today’s participants were: 

Andrew Bellard
Home Care Associates

Christa Billeaud         
Acadiana Chevy

Kathy Bobbs  
Women's and Children's Hospital 

Jim Bourgeois
One Acadiana 

Dr. Quentin M. Brisco
Chiropractic Care

David Callecod          
Lafayette General Health

Lucy Chenevert         
State Farm Agent 

Robert Daigle 
Southern Lifestyle Development

Bernie  Dupre 
Dupre Energy Services

William H. Fenstermaker
Fenstermaker & Associates

Steven Hebert
Billeaud Companies

Mary Ellen Henry      

Cathy Indest
Iberia Cultural Resources Association

Bryan Lee
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 

E.J. Krampe III          
MacLaff, Inc.

Korey Kimball
The Bayou Company

Will LaBar     
CGI Federal

Robert Mahtook         
Mahtook & LaFleur

Wayne Phillips           

Courtney Reynolds    
Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce

Missy Rogers 
Noble Plastics 

Paul Segura    
Segura Development 

Brenda Stelly 
Oil Center Research International

Ledricka Thierry        
Thierry Insurance and Thierry Law 

Jerry Vascocu 

Monty Warren
Beau Box Commercial Real Estate

Richard Zuschlag       
Acadian Companies