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Economic Development (2004)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-06-16

Duration: 00:57:10

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Business | Industry | Taxes | Transportation | Education | Political corruption | Tax incentives | New Orleans Saints (Football team) | HIGHER EDUCATION | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Arts


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Juneau, Dan Interviewee
  • Ellington, Noble Interviewee
  • Crane, Carl Interviewee
  • Torchia, Richard Speaker
  • White, Michael Speaker
  • Nice, Lisa Speaker
  • Henderson, Mary Speaker
  • Bowsher, Bob Speaker
  • Adler, Anabel Speaker
  • Jackson, Connie Speaker
  • Wilson, Ann Speaker
  • Guffy, Gene Speaker
  • Casiello, Robert Speaker
  • Finch, Karl Speaker
  • Treensbury, Vera Speaker
  • Hayes, Burke Speaker
  • Burns, Gwen Speaker
  • Johnson, Vernon, Sr. Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from June 16, 2004, features host Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and Governor Kathleen Blanco on economic development. A background report on economic development precedes the discussion and highlights four areas that must be addressed in order to attract new businesses to the state: business taxes, infrastructure, education, and the state’s reputation for public corruption. The audience members discuss: whether state government represents big business or the people; tax incentives for businesses; the importance of education; the state’s recent deal with the New Orleans Saints; attracting jobs to the state; infrastructure; people leaving the state to find better jobs; and the state’s image of corruption. Governor Blanco then answers the audience members’ questions on the following topics: education; funding for higher education, including LSU; the types of industries she would like to bring in to the state; her strategies for attracting new businesses; encouraging young people to stay in the state; marketing the arts and Louisiana’s unique culture; the timeline for building a cargo airport between New Orleans and Baton Rouge; and the size of state government. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe