Congress Again Temporarily Extends National Flood Insurance Program:
On Tuesday, June 4, Congress passed an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until September 30 as part of the disaster relief bill. Your Chamber is working with GNO, Inc., to monitor the progress of reauthorization. GNO, Inc. and others are working to make real reforms to the NFIP that include affordability, better risk assessment, improving mitigation options, and increasing participation along with a long-term reauthorization before September 30. They expect legislative activity to occur on reform bills in the House Financial Services Committee this summer.
Causeway’s new shoulders, railings taking shape:  Lake Pontchartrain Causeway commuters are now seeing tangible evidence of the roughly $100 million effort to add sections of shoulder to the spans and beef up the railing on the southbound bridge. Crews have installed steel railings atop the southbound span’s right-side retaining wall for more than a mile, starting from the North Shore, bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Friday (May 24).
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Help us welcome Hope Walley to the Chamber team as our new Director of Programs & Events! Hope holds a Bachelors degree in Sport Management from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her career began at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge where she worked for the athletic department. She then became the Executive Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Special Projects & Committees for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. In her free time, she enjoys teaching dance to children and she is a native of Bay St. Louis.
Mayor Mark: Local leader wants to make mark as Covington's next mayor: Covington residents should expect capital projects to address key issues in the near future, he said, adding that some efforts will require some state and federal funding. Johnson already has meetings planned with parish leaders to discuss flood mitigation, too. “The community of Covington is greater than its boundaries,” he said. “We have about 10,000 people in the city, but the post office delivers mail to 60,000 people. … What we are doing affects them, and what the parish does as a government entity and what other municipalities do affects us.
Ampirical, one of our executive level members, was honored among 2019 Best Firms To Work For:
For the second year in a row, Ampirical has been honored among the awarded firms as #46 in the Multidiscipline Category.
Firms were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – from both management and staff perspective. Awards were given in multiple categories based on firm size and discipline.
Four Covington City Council members bid farewell in final meeting: Mayor Cooper said he could tell there was something special about the group that took over in 2011, noting all current council members, but also Alexius and Mark Wright, who represented District C until running successfully for state representative in 2017. The mayor mentioned numerous capital projects the council and administration have teamed to undertake in the past eight years, and singled out the cooperation necessary to stage the city's bicentennial celebration in 2013. “We all just communicated and worked together to make things happen,” Cooper said.
Great for summer!
St. Tammany Parish Hospital is offering a "Safe Sitter, Safe at Home and CHOP Summer Camp"
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