Landrieu guest speaker at banquet
CROWLEY – Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will be the guest speaker at Thursday night’s Chamber Banquet.
In January 2008, Mitch Landrieu was sworn in for his second term as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.
During his first term, Landrieu launched the Cultural Economy Initiative, which created jobs through culture, the arts, music, film, food and other creative industries, helping to establish arts and culture as a viable sector of Louisiana’s economy. He worked to pass “Arts in Education” legislation, designed to put music and the arts in every Louisiana public school. In 2006, Americans for the Arts presented Landrieu with its inaugural Lieutenant Governors Arts Award for his commitment to the arts as a means of social and economic change.
As the Commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Lt. Governor Landrieu manages more than 800 employees and a $165 million budget. Landrieu is responsible for rebuilding tourism, the state’s second-largest industry, in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He brought together industry leaders and national experts to develop a strategic plan, “Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the Soul of America.” As a result, the tourism industry is speaking with one voice and hitting the marks established in the strategic plan. To increase government effectiveness, Lt. Governor Landrieu implemented a new budgeting process called Budgeting for Outcomes. This process ensures that funding decisions are made based on results benefiting Louisiana taxpayers and advancing strategic goals.
Prior to assuming his current position, Landrieu served 16 years (1987-2003) in the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. He previously spent 15 years in private practice as a lawyer and also taught at Loyola Law School, where he earned his law degree. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in Washington.
The Crowley Chamber of Commerce will honor the Outstanding Young Citizens along with Business Person of the Year, Mike Francis, and Humanitarian of the Year, Joe Freeland, at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 29, at the Crowley Rice Festival Building.
Guests are invited to join at 6 p.m. to enjoy cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and live jazz music. A Silent Auction will also be held. The banquet will begin with a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 each or $250 for a table for ten. A limited number of seats are still available.