Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to travel to Washington, DC on February 12, 2018 at the invitation of President Donald J. Trump to discuss the administration’s infrastructure initiatives. Gov. Edwards will participate in a roundtable with federal, state, and local leaders to discuss infrastructure challenges in Louisiana. Dr. Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD), will also attend the meeting with Gov. Edwards.
“Louisiana has significant infrastructure challenges that we need to address,” said Gov. Edwards. “We’re thinking outside the box in Louisiana to make significant infrastructure improvements, but we have a lot of work to do. In order to make a meaningful impact, we have to partner with the federal government. I look forward to learning about the President’s proposal and finding innovative ways to improve our roads, bridges, and ports in order to help improve our economy and way of life in Louisiana. I appreciate the President inviting me to participate.”
“Louisiana, like every other state, depends on the federal government to support our infrastructure program,” said DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson. “We are looking forward to hearing how the President’s infrastructure could help us meet our infrastructure needs. My excitement about the President’s announcement is tempered based on our inability to provide the non-federal match the administration has been very clear about.”
Gov. Edwards will return to Louisiana on Monday evening. More details regarding the event will be released by the White House.