State officials meet in Jennings to discuss rural development

Jennings, LA (KPLC) – Louisiana Economic Development and the Governor’s Office of Rural Development were in Jennings today to discuss efforts to make resources available in rural areas.

“Two reasons for today’s meeting. One is just to raise awareness of the things that are out there,” said Patrick Witty, who works with Louisiana Economic Development. “A lot of people just don’t know about the resources. This is what we fight every day. The other thing is to bring the speakers into the room and hear what the other has in mind. Sometimes you can marry them, sometimes you can work better together because you know more about the other programs. »

Several organizations gave an overview of their programs, showing where the money is spent in rural communities. In southwest Louisiana, new investments are being made in manufacturing and energy industries, such as oil and gas. These projects create hundreds of jobs in the region.

“I think if we can take care of people at home, it can not only help us build better communities there, but also communities across the state,” Witty said.

Local business owner Kendal Henry took advantage of some of the funds available through Louisiana Economic Development.

“We are grateful for the LED partnerships that come to rural areas like this just to show the help they can give us in our rural areas where we lack water, utilities, broadband,” Henry said. “We are grateful to the State of Louisiana for realizing the need for rural areas.”

She hopes others will do the same.

“I was part of Rural Economic Enterprise 2022 and it was rural enterprises across the state of Louisiana and it just brought us together to realize the needs that needed to be met in our rural communities,” Henry said. .

The Rural Revitalization Group is on track for $1.8 billion in new investments in rural Louisiana in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic development
  • Broadband
  • Workforce development
  • Clean water.

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