Dr. RobertThomas of Loyola Sevedas ModeratorAttorneyDaniel BecnelOffers FreeLegal ServicesDr. AlyssaDausman onbehalf of EPA'sGulf CoastEcosystem TaskForceDr. Charles Allen,IIIExecutive DirectorMandi ThompsonDiscusses GCLFInitiativesSt. Bernard ParishPresident CraigTaffaro ProvidesKeynote Address
Briefing Highlights $1 Billion for CoastalRestoration
Responding to BP's $1 billioncontribution for coastal restoration,the Gulf Coast Leadership Forumconvened the Coastal RestorationFinancing Briefing on May 10, 2011at Tulane University in NewOrleans.Dr. Alyssa Dausman, representing the Gulf Coast EcosystemRestoration Task Force, provided an overview of new coastalrestoration programs and financing. St. Bernard ParishPresident Craig Taffaro provided the Keynote Address. AndDr. Robert Thomas, Director of Loyola University's Center forEnvironmental Communication, served as moderator.Other speakers included Mark Wingate from the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers; Windell Curole, Executive Director, SouthLafourche Levee District; Trudy Fisher, Executive Director,Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; KeithWilkins, Deputy Bureau Chief, Community & EnvironmentBureau, Escambia County, Florida; Nicholas Matherne,Director, Office of Coastal Restoration & Preservation,Terrebonne Parish; Charles E. Allen, III, Director, Coastal andEnvironmental Affairs, City of New Orleans; Marnie Winter,Director, Environmental Affairs, Jefferson Parish; John Lopez,Acting Director, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; andDavid Doss, State Director for U.S. Senator David Vitter.Attorney Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. announced that his firm isproviding free services to help companies and organizationswin coastal restoration contracts.
of Gulf CoastLeadership Summit
The inaugural Gulf Coast LeadershipSummit, held April 18 21, 2011 in NewOrleans, provided an invaluable serviceto New Orleans and residents of the U.S.Gulf Coast:
The Summit brought together hundreds of business,government, nonprofit, and community leaders todiscuss specific strategies to empower a healthy andeconomically vibrant Gulf Coast.
Senator Bob Graham and Members of the National OilSpill Commission pushed for implementation of regulations which would help prevent another oil spilldisaster.
Ken Feinberg promised nonprofit organizations that hewould look into reimbursing them for servicesrendered to Gulf Coast residents affected by the oilspill.
Senator Mary Landrieu promised Gulf Coast residentsthat she would make their oil spill-related healthconcerns a major priority.
And Senator Landrieu used the Summit's Concluding