Business voices

Business leaders and economic development groups are increasingly recognizing that coastal restoration is urgently needed to ensure the continued success of their businesses. By investing in priority restoration projects now, we have an opportunity to protect the many business sectors – including oil and gas, navigation and fisheries – that depend on a healthy Gulf while also growing a vibrant new restoration-based economy.

Congress could not have passed the RESTORE Act without the widespread support of businesses in both the Gulf region and across the U.S. More than 100 business associations signed a letter urging congressional passage. Now, businesses are watching closely to make sure that the promise of RESTORE monies is delivered in compliance with the requirements of the Act.

Listen to what businesses are saying about why coastal restoration is important to their economic interests.

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Ralph Brennan, President, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group Ralph Brennan talks about the importance of spending restoration funds wisely.


Small-business owner Dwayne Bernal, President and CEO of Royal Engineering, tells the story of how his New Orleans-based business grew in response to Hurricane Katrina and the growing need for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana.


Patty Whitney, Development Director and Environmental Specialist, Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO), discusses the importance of coastal restoration to the communities of south Louisiana and its potential for job creation in the region.


Kelisha Garrett, Manager, UR Way Yogurt & Coffee Bar, tells her personal story about how her small business depends on healthy coastal wetlands and barrier islands. Listen as she speaks passionately about why she is a supporter of coastal restoration.