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DECEMBER 27, 2013


    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visited Ville Platte today (Friday) to announce a parish-state partnership that led to community development grant funding for the purchase of emergency power generators for Evangeline Parish.

     The governor made a surprise visit to the courthouse today (Friday afternoon) and met with city and parish public officials. He formally announced that $1.2 million dollars in community development block grant funds had been approved for Evangeline Parish for 14 emergency power generators. The generators will be used at the parish health unit, a fire station, sewer lift stations, water wells and sewer treatment plants.

   Among those who spoke at the press conference were State Representative Bernard LeBas who thanked the governor for his support of the project. LeBas called the generators a “lifeline” to help people with essential services.

    Ville Platte City Councilman Mike Perron said the generators are “a must for emergency services such as nursing homes and police stations”.

     Others who spoke included Police Jury President Bryan Vidrine, police juror Lamar Johnson and Rebecca Devillier with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department.

      Governor Jindal was also upbeat about the state’s economy. “We broke records by creating 80,000 new jobs in 2013. New jobs were created here in Evangeline Parish through Cameron Valves and in the state with IBM.”

     Jindal expects an even better economy in 2014. He expects another record breaking year that will have more good paying  jobs created than skilled workers.

     The press conference ended before members of the general public were able to ask questions. Evangeline Community Action Agency Director Gervis Lafleur was disappointed since he was getting ready to ask a question when the conference ended.

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