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Helping LA Communities Achieve Long Term Flood Resilience

March 15-17, 2017, the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) hosted the Louisiana Community Resilience Institute (LCRI) Recovery and Resiliency Workshop in Alexandria, Louisiana, on behalf of five elected officials from Louisiana communities flooded during the spring of 2016.  In preparation for the event, CSS worked directly with each official to decide on a single local community challenge and possible project to bring to the workshop for analysis and feedback from peers and subject matter experts. Participants included:

  • Mayor Wendy O’Quin Perrette of Bogalusa
  • Mayor Roland Smith of Campti
  • Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe
  • Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin
  • Mayor Dave Norris of West Monroe

During the workshop, elected officials were paired with six nationally-renowned planning, urban design, hazard mitigation, development, and engineering professionals to work one-on-one and in the peer group setting on potential community projects.  Following the workshop, mayors returned home better equipped for real world prob­lem-solving, possessing:

  • A better understanding of community design and planning processes
  • Substantially increased confidence in their ability to tackle complex issues
  • A support network of experienced political peers
  • Access to subject matter experts and new community resilience resources
  • A repertoire of ideas and and/or well-defined solutions tailored specif­ically to community challenges
  • Funding and partnership ideas to help solve community problems


The workshop was made possible through the generous support of the LSU CSS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Louisiana Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit, and the Chevron Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.

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