Lafourche Council Approves Economic and Tax Agreements

The Lafourche Parish Council approved agreements to begin the search for an Economic Development Director for Lafourche Parish Government and to start the analysis process in a move towards tax reform at a meeting last night at the Mathews Government Complex.  

Both motions passed 8-0. District 3 Councilman Michael Gros was absent during both votes.  

“I want to thank the Council for recognizing the importance of these two agreements and what it means for the future of our parish,” Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson said. “These agreements represent the first steps to ensuring we are taking care of our business community here at home with the ultimate goal of making Lafourche business friendly.” 

Louisiana-based Next Move Group was awarded the agreement to begin the search for an economic developer director. The company will use services such as scouting, advertising, interviews, background checks and provide recommendation for the final candidate to serve as Economic Development Director, according to a news release by the Parish.  

“Attracting the right candidate can bring a breath of fresh air and help us begin the process of attracting new businesses; it’s the key to helping us move our parish forward,” Chaisson said.  

Chaisson’s proposal to enlist the expertise of Dr. James Richardson to analyze the Parish’s tax and spending habits also passed. Richardson specializes in regional forecasting, state and local tax policy, economic valuation and energy economics and served on Louisiana’s Revenue Estimating Conference.  

“Dr. Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge to this process,” said Chaisson. “As we move along, we will be engaging the public to make sure that everyone has a voice in this process,”