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Date:November 21, 2008
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Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.

The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to ensure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce.

According to the statute, the council is comprised of 41 members including the governor, the executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development, the state superintendent of education, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the commissioner of higher education, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the executive director of the office of elderly affairs and one gubernatorial appointee who is a CEO of a community-based organization. Additionally, members of the council include two representatives of parish and city government who may be selected from nominations submitted by various government associations, four representatives of organized labor selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana AFL-CIO, two members of the Louisiana State Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, and two members of the Louisiana House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the House. The remaining twenty-one members are gubernatorial appointments representing business and industry, of whom one must represent a woman-owned business and at least two must represent minority-owned businesses. The following members must be owners, CEOs, COOs or other high ranking officials, including:

One representative of the retail and wholesale sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various retail and wholesale associations;

One representative of the energy sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various energy associations;

One representative of the medical services and biotechnology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various medical and biotechnology associations;

One representative of the entertainment and tourism sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various entertainment and tourism associations;

One representative of the information technology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various information technology associations;

One representative of the durable goods and manufacturing sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various durable goods and manufacturing associations;

One representative of the construction sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various construction associations;

One representative of the agriculture and forestry sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various agriculture and forestry associations;

One representative of the financial and insurance sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various financial and insurance associations;

One representative of the logistics and transportation sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various logistics and transportation associations; and

Eleven representatives of the general business community, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various business and industry associations.

Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council:

Keith Brand, of Baton Rouge, is the training director for the Baton Rouge Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and an electrical apprenticeship instructor with the Louisiana Technical College’s Baton Rouge campus. Brand was nominated for reappointment by the AFL-CIO to serve as a representative of organized labor, as required by statute.

Julie Cherry, of Baton Rouge, is the secretary-treasurer for the AFL-CIO and the former president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers. Cherry was nominated for reappointment by the AFL-CIO to serve as a representative of organized labor, as required by statute.

Donald Denese, of Slidell, is a retired business manager for the Iron Workers Local Union 59 in New Orleans, and is a former president of the Southeast Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council of New Orleans. Denese was nominated by the AFL-CIO to serve as a representative of organized labor, as required by statute.

Rick Gremillion, Jr., of Mandeville, is the president of DDS, LLC, an information technology and website design company. Gremillion will serve as a representative of the information technology sector, as required by statute.

Robert Huckeba, of Sulphur, is the training manager at the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex and is a member of the Louisiana Chemical Association Workforce and Education Committee. Huckeba will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Michael Mitternight, of Metairie, is the president of Factory Service Agency, Inc., a commercial air conditioning service and contracting company, and a former director of local health services within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Mitternight was nominated by the National Federation of Independent Business to serve as a representative of the retail and wholesale sector, as required by statute.

Charles Moniotte, of Baton Rouge, is the CEO of Desselle Maggard Corporation, an industrial flow products distribution company, and a member of the Career Builders of Louisiana Board of Directors. Moniotte was nominated by the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance to serve as a representative of the durable goods and manufacturing sector, as required by statute.

Thomas O’Neal, of Choudrant, is the president of Hercules Transport, Inc., a gas transportation company, and is a member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Board of Directors. O’Neal was nominated by the Louisiana Motor Transport Association to serve as a representative of the logistics and transportation sector, as required by statute.

Mike Palamone, of Luling, is the CEO and managing partner of Urban Systems Associates, Inc., a traffic and transportation engineering and land use planning firm. Palamone will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Louis Reine, of Baton Rouge, is the current president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO and was formerly employed with the United States Department of Labor and the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources. Reine was nominated by the AFL-CIO to serve as a representative of organized labor, as required by statute.

Craig Roussel, of Lockport, is the vice president and CAO of Bollinger Shipyards, a military and commercial shipyard company, and the president of the Shipyard Association for Environmental Responsibility. Roussel will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

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