Yesterday (June 23, 2021), Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Advisory Council on Rural
Revitalization, chaired by former state Sen. Ben Nevers, has released its Strategic Plan Report. The council was created to identify the needs and issues facing Louisiana’s vital rural communities.
In creating the Council, Edwards recognized that citizens of rural communities “bear a disproportionate burden of poverty and lack of adequate access to healthcare, education, broadband and other essential needs.”
The council’s report identifies four key recommendations for improving quality of life in Louisiana’s rural regions:
- expanding broadband access across the state;
- improving infrastructure;
- developing and expanding workforce training and higher education opportunities; and
- maintaining and expanding agriculture centers in the state’s university systems.
“The Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization report came together through participation by 37 rural stakeholders appointed by the Governor, the Office of Rural Development and the Resilient Louisiana Commission.
So, what happens next? We'll have to wait and see.