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Economic Development (2009)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-02-25

Duration: 00:56:58

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Economy | Employment | Workforce development


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Moret, Stephen Interviewee
  • Hawkins, Clarence Interviewee
  • Eisenstadt, Robert Interviewee
  • Trichel, Tana Interviewee
  • Walsworth, Mike Interviewee
  • Ewing, Stewart, Jr. Interviewee
  • Caldwell, Sara Speaker
  • Burks, Myrtle Speaker
  • Elliott, Mark Speaker
  • Staten, Carrie Speaker
  • Hargiss, Dennis Speaker
  • Solley, Kenny Speaker
  • Peterson, Betty Maria Speaker
  • Pasceri, Christine Speaker
  • Goodling, Louanne Speaker
  • Freeland, Kathy Speaker
  • Greer, Michael Speaker
  • Pennington, Mike Speaker
  • Thompson, Francis Panelist
  • Mayo, Jamie Panelist
  • Moret, Stephen Panelist
  • Norris, David, Jr. Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 25, 2009, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on economic development in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Secretary Stephen Moret of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED); Bastrop Mayor Clarence Hawkins; Dr. Robert Eisenstadt, an associate professor of economics at the University of Louisiana-Monroe; Tana Trichel of the Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance; State Senator Mike Walsworth; and Stewart Ewing, Jr., of CenturyTel. The audience members then discuss: the state of the economy in North Louisiana; the importance of job training at the high school level; and workforce re-training. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Francis Thompson; Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo; LED Secretary Stephen Moret; and David Norris, Jr., the executive director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center. They discuss: filling job vacancies statewide; the Jindal Administration’s workforce development reform plan; the status of the industrial park in Monroe; the need for the state to prepare for changes in the energy sector; the Louisiana Fast Start program; and how the state can afford to attract businesses. This episode was recorded in Monroe, Louisiana. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman