Eddie Rispone’s Political Group Acknowledges “Wave” Of New Economic Development Under Governor Edwards

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Louisiana’s economy is growing under Governor Edwards with record-low unemployment and record-breaking economic development projects, and even Eddie Rispone’s favorite political group is being forced to acknowledge the growth.

This week the Baton Rouge Business Report published an article titled “Boom times predicted for Baton Rouge industrial corridor,” which details the “tsunami-sized wave of investment” that is hitting the industrial corridor in Southeast Louisiana. In the story, economists and business officials discuss the “off the charts” development that will create thousands of jobs.

Quoted in the article is David Helveston, the current president of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican, a pro-business industry group which Rispone has proudly claimed to be a past president and 30-year member of. In March, Helveston hosted the Republican Governors Association, Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone for an event designed to mislead voters about the direction of Louisiana and attack Governor Edwards.

But speaking honestly to the Business Report, Helveston acknowledgedLouisiana’s economic growth under Gov. Edwards. Helveston says there’s an industrial development “wave coming” to Southeast Louisiana that is making his organization rush to train and prepare workers for the thousands of jobs that will be created.

“Louisiana’s economy is growing under Governor Edwards, and now even his opponents’ supporters are acknowledging it. ABC Pelican is Eddie Rispone’s favorite political organization and an ally of the RGA, and they just said there’s a ‘wave’ of major development projects coming to Southeast Louisiana. It’s becoming harder and harder for Governor Edwards’ opponents to deny the facts: our unemployment is at a record low, our economic development projects are bigger than ever before, and we’re seeing consistent year-over-year job growth. We’re moving in the right direction under Gov. Edwards and we can’t let his opponents take us backward,” said Eric Holl, spokesman for John Bel for Louisiana.

READ THE FULL BUSINESS REPORT STORY HERE

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