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“Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.”


It’s been another long year. 2019 was better than previous years, as our area saw a bit of light on the horizon and began to strive mightily to obtain it. Business plans required drastic changes if we were to do more than just survive. We dug down and made the changes necessary. It’s paying off mightily. 

In this issue, we take a look at the progress being made in several areas of our different parishes. 

Terrebonne Parish made strides forward with the help of our newly re-elected parish president. In this month’s government update column, Gordon Dove, Terrebonne Parish President, shares with you his State of the Parish. We also take a closer look at Terrebonne’s new parish council leaders and their plans for the future. 

We also visit with the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District about the completion of their project to remove 20 derelict vessels from Bayou Lafourche. The large-scale project required assistance from Lafourche Parish Government, Bollinger Shipyards and Friends of Bayou Lafourche. 

Our governor and state legislature took their oaths of office in mid-January. We caught up with several members of our delegation including Senator Mike Fesi, Representative Jerome Zeringue and newly elected Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee. The gentlemen gave us a run down of key projects they are looking to during their upcoming term. 

Finally, we took a moment to visit with the newest business on the bayou in downtown Houma, Bayou Terrebonne Distillers. Creating “contraband” runs in their family, and they are looking forward to adding a different flavor to the downtown area. 

Progress is about trying something new, reaching beyond what you know, and striving for the next milestone. Without progress, businesses get left behind, and, ultimately, wither away. So start 2020 off right with a plan to make it better than last year. Your future depends on it. •

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