Giving Away Louisiana, Part 8: 2015 governor’s election will focus on future of incentive programs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sen. David Vitter speaks at the weekly Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon recently concerning policies he's working on in the U.S. Senate and his candidacy for Governor.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will headline a bevy of legislative and business speakers at Friday’s Covington Business Resource Workshop in Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, according to a news release.

The subject of the workshop is “Workforce Development, Retention and the Future.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a welcome scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Vitter will give the opening speech about 8:45 a.m.

The series of workshops is designed to give business owners the tools they need to grow their businesses and to help potential owners get off the ground, Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, the organizer of the event, said.

After Vitter speaks, state Sen. Jack Donahue, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, Louisiana Workforce Commission Director Melissa Kirsch, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation CEO Brenda Bertus and Southeastern Louisiana University Economic and Business Development Director Bill Joubert are scheduled to take the podium.

The event is scheduled to wrap up at 11 a.m.

“The quality of a workforce is a gauge for any successful business. Retention and training is the future for business growth,” said Rolling, who chairs the council’s Economic Development Committee.

The event is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is recommended.

For information, contact Rolling at (985) 234-9527 or

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