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Dec 06, 2012
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.

The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to ensure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce.

According to the statute, the council is comprised of 41 members including the governor, the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development, the state superintendent of education, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the commissioner of higher education, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the executive director of the office of elderly affairs, and one gubernatorial appointee who is a CEO of a community-based organization.  Additionally, members of the council include two representatives of parish and city government who may be selected from nominations submitted by various government associations, four representatives of organized labor selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana AFL-CIO, two members of the Louisiana State Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, and two members of the Louisiana House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the House. The remaining twenty-one members are gubernatorial appointments representing business and industry, of whom one must represent a woman-owned business and at least two must represent minority-owned businesses. The following members must be owners, CEOs, COOs or other high ranking officials, including:
  • One representative of the retail and wholesale sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various retail and wholesale associations; 
  • One representative of the energy sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various energy associations;
  • One representative of the medical services and biotechnology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various medical and biotechnology associations; 
  • One representative of the entertainment and tourism sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various entertainment and tourism associations; 
  • One representative of the information technology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various information technology associations; 
  • One representative of the durable goods and manufacturing sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various durable goods and manufacturing associations; 
  • One representative of the construction sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various construction associations; 
  • One representative of the agriculture and forestry sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various agriculture and forestry associations; 
  • One representative of the financial and insurance sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various financial and insurance associations; 
  • One representative of the logistics and transportation sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various logistics and transportation associations; and 
  • Eleven representatives of the general business community, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various business and industry associations.
Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council:

Edward Rispone, of Baton Rouge, is the chairman of the Management Board of Industrial Specialty Contractors, LLC, an industrial contractor company. Rispone was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and will be reappointed to serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute. 

Robert “Bob” Lobos, of Baton Rouge, is the owner of Wolf Creek Business Growth Institute. Lobos was nominated by the National Federation of Independent Business and will be appointed to serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Jorge Tarajano, of Baton Rouge, is the president of Pala Group, LLC, an industrial construction company. Tarajano was nominated by Associated Builders and Contractors and will be reappointed to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s construction sector, as required by statute. 

Michael Mitternight, of Metairie, is the president of Factory Service Agency, Inc., a commercial air conditioning service and contracting company, and a former director of local health services within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Mitternight was nominated by the National Federation of Independent Business and will be reappointed to serve as a representative of the retail and wholesale sector, as required by statute.

 
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