On Friday, February 14, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order formally establishing the Governor's Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization.
The Council will identify the needs and issues facing Louisiana’s vital rural communities as well as solutions to removing any barriers that prohibit them from being more productive, healthy and attractive places to live and work. The advisory council will be comprised of 34 key state and local stakeholders appointed by the Governor who also appointed his retired chief of staff, former Senator Ben Nevers as chairman.
The Council will develop and submit a comprehensive strategic plan to the Governor by January 5, 2021 and annual progress reports thereafter. The duties of the council include: advising the Governor on issues of concern to the citizens of rural Louisiana; identifying the needs, issues, and solutions relative to rural revitalization, including economic development, education, healthcare, infrastructure, clean water, housing, workforce development, and broadband; Identifying state, federal, and private resources available to facilitate rural revitalization efforts; and identifying best practices from other states and recommend legislation to accomplish the solutions proposed.