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SWLA Team Chosen to Participate in National Coastal Workshop

Post Date:08/24/2018

A team from Southwest Louisiana, which includes representatives from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Cameron Parish Police Jury, has been selected to participate in the Strengthening Coastal Counties Resilience Challenge workshop in Baldwin County, Alabama on Oct. 15-17.

Team members include: Dennis Scott, District 6 Calcasieu Parish Police Juror; Laurie Cormier, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Program Coordinator/Coastal Zone Manager; Alberto Galan, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Administrative Analyst; Ryan Bourriaque, Cameron Parish Administrator; Myles Hebert, Cameron Parish Floodplain Administrator; and Nikia Collins, Regional Economic Planner with Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development District.

The team is one of only four, county-based teams selected to participate in this new technical assistance and training program focused on strengthening coastal counties’ resilience, sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The remaining three teams selected are from Santa Rosa County, Florida; Harrison County, Mississippi and Willacy County, Texas.

The three-year, regional pilot program, funded through NOAA's Coastal Resilience Grant program, will help coastal counties identify ways to strengthen existing, or implement new local plans and policies, to increase resiliency to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards.

During the workshop, teams will receive hands-on training from various national experts and will receive access to innovative tools and best practices to develop tailored action plans designed to protect and strengthen the infrastructure, natural habitats, and economies of their communities and the region.

“I am proud to be part of a team representing Southwest Louisiana that is being proactive about tackling some of the biggest challenges the people in our communities face, which are extreme weather events and overall coastal resilience,” said Police Juror Dennis Scott. “This national effort will result in our team bringing back knowledge and support from subject matter experts across the country, over the course of three years, on how to better protect the infrastructure, businesses, properties, natural resources and most importantly the people in Southwest Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region.”

After the workshop, each team will receive individual technical assistance and mentoring support to help implement their coastal resilience strategies and projects and to measure their progress. In addition, each team will participate in a follow-up team clinic in October of 2019, where teams will present on their progress, identify opportunities for further collaboration and receive additional training from experts in the field.

To learn more about the program, visit naco.org/CoastalCounties.

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