The River Region Chamber of Commerce, with presenting sponsor Dow Chemical Co., hosted a congressional drive-in visit on Aug. 11 at the Port of South Louisiana Guest House.
Local parish government and business leaders received updates on area issues and expressed concerns about current and future legislation. The event was a collaborative effort of St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes. Several representatives from all three parishes attended.
Speakers included Mark Zelden, regional office director for Senator Bill Cassidy; Michael Hecht, president and CEO, GNO Inc.; Congressman Cedric Richmond; Tom Oppel, chief of staff for U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Congressman John Fleming; David Doss, state director for Sen. David Vitter; Paul Sawyer, chief-of-staff for U.S. Congressman Garret Graves; and, Geoff Green, senior legislative aide for U.S Congressman Steve Scalise.
Additional sponsors were Hexion, Valero, Port of South Louisiana, Mosaic, Zen-Noh Grain, St. John the Baptist parish, NP Stein CPA, and Echo Ventures. Adams and Reese LLP, coordinated the event’s planning.
“Dow is happy to partner with the RRCC to host the 2015 Congressional Drive-In. It is more important than ever that business have an ongoing dialogue with their elected representatives in Congress. Dow often facilitates policy discussions in the communities where we operate, because legislation passed in Washington can have significant impact here in Louisiana,” said Jordan Tremblay, public affairs manager, Dow Chemical Company.
“Hosting our delegation and staff in the region where chamber members live and work is a great opportunity and testament to the River Region. The participants were diversified and on point that the issues affecting the River Region need Delegation support for the region to continue to grow economically,” said Jeffrey Brooks, partner-in-charge, Adams and Reese, LLP.