Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Restoring our coast allows us to train our work force for the jobs of the future. Connecting and training Louisianans for careers in water management will reduce the unemployment rate across Louisiana and will help to lower crime and poverty statewide. It’s also an opportunity to transition workers from the energy sector, as tens of thousands are now looking for work.
Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Mayor
With so many outdoor adventure opportunities, tourism is a critical industry to our coastal parishes. Sportsman’s Paradise is more than our state’s nickname. If Louisiana is to remain the Sportsman’s Paradise, we have to ensure that funds Louisiana receives as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill are properly and wisely spent preserving our paradise.
Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration, Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Jim Stark, President & Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
Without bold action to stem land loss, our waterways could become more exposed to wind and storms, an outcome our towboats and barges are not designed to handle. That's one reason the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association is a strong supporter of coastal restoration as set forth in Louisiana's coastal master plan.
Jim Stark, Executive Director, Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
Michael Hecht, President & CEO Greater New Orleans Inc
Tourism overall, including wildlife tourism, provides 2.6 million jobs across the Gulf States – and many of these are with small businesses. To protect this vital economic base, as well as other important coastal industries, we must prioritize large-scale coastal restoration projects that will ensure a stable coast and healthy environment.
Michael Hecht, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans
Capt Ryan Lambert
I’ve grown up loving and making a living from the waters of the Louisiana coast and for more than 30 years, my business has been taking people fishing in those waters. But every year, as I see places disappearing from the map, I fear I may be part of the last generation to live off the water.
Captain Ryan Lambert, Owner, Cajun Fishing Adventures
Ralph Brennan, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Family restaurants like mine depend on a healthy Gulf Coast for the fresh seafood that has made New Orleans the culinary capital of the United States. The money states are beginning to receive to repair the damages from the Deepwater Horizon spill are our best – and may be our last real chance – to reverse decades of mistakes.
Ralph Brennan, President, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Coastal habitat restoration typically creates at least 3-4 times as many jobs as road infrastructure or oil and gas projects for every $1 million invested. [E]cological restoration can be a real catalyst for job creation, economic vitality and ecosystem resiliency.
Keith Bowers, President, Biohabitats, Inc.
James Marino
If our customer base picks up in response to RESTORE funding, there would be a positive and sustainable long-term impact on our hiring. Restoration projects are very important to small and medium-sized firms like ours because they provide a valuable stream of work in a fragile economy.
James Marino, President, Taylor Engineering
Billy Nungesser
Plaquemines Parish and Louisiana are the nation’s premier delta coastline. We are strategically positioned as the fishing capital of the world, the sportsmen’s paradise state and the seafood capital of the United States, and these factors which make Plaquemines and Louisiana unique depend on the health of our coast.
Billy Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
The geosynthetics industry has been heavily involved in coastal restoration projects throughout Louisiana and the gulf states. As more projects are launched in response to RESTORE Act passage, our member companies are poised to grow our business and local staff to meet increased demand.
Investments in oyster reefs help small businesses like ours create jobs, build innovative products and support our local economy. Restoration is not only good for small businesses, it is vital for the economy here in the panhandle – now and in the future.
Stephen Addington, Co-owner, Gulf Coast Aggregates
Stephanie Victory, President & CEO, HESCO Bastion USA, Inc.:
Our products can immediately be put to work in restoring the wetlands of Louisiana and in building oyster reefs that help our local economy thrive. With final passage of the RESTORE Act and the new projects it would fund, we can create needed jobs and help ensure a healthy future for our oysters.
Stephanie Victory, President & CEO, HESCO Bastion USA, Inc.
John Young, president, Jefferson Parish
This study further supports the direct link between a healthy coastal environment and a robust economy which depends on a $19 billion wildlife tourism industry. The well-being and continued growth of our coastal communities depend on the health of the Gulf, restoring and strengthening our fragile ecosystems, and promoting a wildlife tourism industry which can thrive, not only in Jefferson Parish but in all Gulf Coast states.
John Young, former Parish President, Jefferson Parish
As a business leader in a coastal community, I believe it is critical to safeguard our current and future assets so that we can continue to expand and grow our businesses with confidence. Yet while protection of our current economy is paramount, Southeast Louisiana is also in a unique position to expand our expertise of coastal restoration and export this specialized knowledge to new regions, thereby creating new jobs and new industries for Louisiana firms and residents.
Sharon Bergeron, Vice President of Commercial Lending, Coastal Commerce Bank