Landrieu Promotes La. Trade and Tourism
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and the Louisiana congressional delegation, along with 17 officials and business owners from Louisiana, are today and tomorrow hosting meetings in Washington, D.C., with 16 countries to help boost Louisiana's recovery by increasing trade and tourism. Sen. Landrieu today spoke at a reception welcoming representatives from 66 countries.
"Louisiana is open for business," Sen. Landrieu said. "We are working to create mutually beneficial partnerships with other countries to expand trade and investment in our state, which is a vital component of our state's economic future.
"Last week, the Netherlands' company Royal Haskoning opened its first U.S. office in Metairie, and we want other companies across the world to recognize the vast resources Louisiana provides. The Mississippi River, a key transportation artery, is the gateway to the United States. We have 31 ports along our coast, and the Port of South Louisiana exports more than any other port in the country.
"I am working with state officials to encourage the German company ThyssenKrupp to choose Louisiana as the site for their $2.9 billion steel mill. To build the mill, the company would bring 44,000 jobs to our state, and once the mill is completed, it would provide 3,000 jobs. Louisiana, one of the top two finalists, is clearly the more attractive option because of the direct access to the Mississippi River and deep-water ports."
The Louisiana delegation, which includes New Orleans City Council Vice President Arnie Fielkow and Councilmember Cynthia Willard-Lewis, is visiting with embassies to expand the number of consulates and trade commissions in the state and will also be meeting with the ambassadors of current New Orleans consulates to ensure that they are maintained.