(September 11, 2012) Metairie, LA— In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, the Jefferson Chamber is sending 28 business leaders and local elected officials to Washington D.C. to discuss important issues concerning local flood protection.
Originally scheduled as an annual visit with the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, the Washington Fly-In will now shift its focus toward the recent developments that affect the region’s ability to sustain economic development.
“After witnessing first-hand the damages suffered by Jefferson and our neighboring parishes, we hope to show that hurricane and flood protection is a major issue that affects all of Southeast Louisiana,” said Todd Murphy, Jefferson Chamber President. “We are making it a priority to voice our concerns in Washington and to come back with solutions.”
The team will be meeting with key officials and relevant government agencies to discuss the recent flooding in areas such as the Town of Lafitte and St. John Parish, which ultimately shut down the west escape route for residents during Isaac. In addition, the team will be meeting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss solutions.
According to a poll conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation, 46 percent of surveyed congressional staffers said that in-person visits are very influential in helping them form opinions.
The Washington Fly-In is an event that is organized by the Government Committee of the Jefferson Chamber and is sponsored by Adams and Reese LLP, Peoples Health and PetroTV. The event will take place September 12 -14, 2012.
To view the full 2012 Washington Fly-In Agenda, please CLICK HERE.
About the Jefferson Chamber:
With over 850 members, the Jefferson Chamber is the premier business organization in the Greater New Orleans area. We work on behalf of our members to help their businesses grow, implement relevant and informative programming and provide opportunities to build relationships with other businesses in the community.
Our Mission is to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish.