RURAL COMMUNITIES DECLINE - Louisiana’s Gov. John Bel Edwards has created a study group aimed at identifying and responding to the decline of rural communities. Population in Louisiana’s rural areas has dwindled amid problems with job creation, infrastructure and education systems. Last Friday, the Democratic governor spoke at the Police Jury Association of Louisiana’s annual convention in Shreveport, he emphasized the need to address problems in rural communities.
"We have to make sure there are opportunities for success and prosperity everywhere," Edwards said. "And make sure also that people don't lack the basic necessities like healthcare, education, economic development."
At the conclusion of his remarks, Edwards signed an executive order establishing a Governor's Advisory
Council on Rural Revitalization. It will have a panel of 34-members charged with determining the needs of rural communities and find financing options to help address the problems. A strategic plan is due by January 2021.