Date:March 9, 2011
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Town Hall Meetings Planned in Plaquemines Parish for Workers and Businesses Impacted by Oil Spill

Three town hall meetings offering information on re-employment, training efforts and economic opportunities for businesses and individuals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are planned in Plaquemines Parish in March.

“Turning the TIDE” meetings are planned from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates and locations:

- Thursday, March 10, Percy Griffin Senior Community Center, Highway 15, Davant

- Thursday, March 17, Port Sulphur Community Center, Highway 23, Port Sulphur

- Tuesday, March 22, Belle Chasse Auditorium, Highway 23, Belle Chasse

Among the topics to be covered:

- Training for the Coast Guard's new requirements for commercial fishing industry vessels and possible funding to pay for this training.

- Services for workers and family members of workers impacted by the oil spill, including job training and placement services.

- Employer incentives for hiring workers impacted by the oil spill, including on-the-job training funds that pay up to 90 percent of an employee’s wages while they learn on the job – up to 26 weeks.

- Entrepreneurship services for people affected by the oil spill wanting to start their own businesses.

The meetings are sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Plaquemines Business and Career Solutions Center and the Plaquemines Parish Government.

“Turning the TIDE,” with TIDE standing for Training, Information, Development, Employment/Entrepreneurship, is an initiative funded by a $10 million federal grant awarded to the Louisiana Workforce Commission by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant covers 20 south Louisiana parishes. Louisiana received the largest portion of the grant award for oil spill response among Gulf Coast states.

To learn more about Turning the TIDE and the meetings, contact the Plaquemines Business and Career Solutions Center at 504-392-5803.

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