Plaquemines Parish president speaks at Gulf Coast Restoration Summit _lowres

Photo provided by Plaquemines Parish Government -- Former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

Local, state and national leaders provided the latest information on environmental restoration and economic development priorities for the RESTORE Act and similar funds during the 2014 Gulf Coast Restoration Summit in New Orleans on June 9.

“We must use these funds to grow a new economy and create jobs here,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who delivered the keynote address. “We want to export our expertise and even have people from around the world take initiative to come to us to learn and seek our assistance, so they can take our knowledge and ideas back to the places they call home.”