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|GOVERNOR FEATURED SPEAKER AT RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
SCHEDULED AT SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- Louisiana Governor
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco will be the featured speaker at the second annual
Rural Economic Development Conference to be held at Southeastern Louisiana
University Feb. 1-3.
The governor is scheduled to speak
at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, the final day of the conference. The featured
speaker on Wednesday will be Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development
Mike Olivier, who will address the group at 8: 15 a.m. The conference will
be held at the University Center.
Sponsored by the Governor’s Office
of Rural Development and the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, the
conference will focus on “Technology: the Back Road to Rural Louisiana.”
Approximately 600 participants are expected to attend from throughout the
state. Last year’s conference was held at Northwestern Louisiana University
The conference will necessitate the
designation of certain areas on Southeastern’s north campus that are currently
reserved for student parking for individuals attending the event.
University Police Director Paul Marek
said the parking lot located behind the Alumni Center, the Section 7 lot
at the University Center, and the parking area located north of the University
Avenue underpass will not be available for students Feb. 1-3.
On Feb. 3, the conference ends at noon,
freeing the parking area north of the underpass and Section 7 lot. However,
the parking area behind the alumni center will remain closed for parade
assembly for the Krewe of Omega, which rolls that evening.
Marek recommended that students park
in the nearby lot north of Textbook Rental and consider carpooling during
the event. Students who live in university residences will be expected
to keep their vehicles in their assigned lots. In addition, Marek said
officers will be on site to direct students to available parking on campus.