With two rounds of LA SAFE meetings completed, momentum builds as parish residents continue hard work

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Over the past several months, more than 1,000 residents of coastal parishes came together in public meetings to share their visions of how they would like to build stronger, safer communities.

Over the past several months, more than 1,000 residents of coastal parishes came together in public meetings to share their visions of how they would like to build stronger, safer communities as part of the LA SAFE initiative between Foundation for Louisiana and the state of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development. At parishwide meetings and in smaller, community meetings, residents took the opportunity to learn more about coastal land loss and the increased flood risks south Louisiana faces. The most recent meetings encouraged residents to share their own ideas so they can begin the process of shaping those ideas into specific parish plans that will lead to projects funded through LA SAFE.

Whether they attended a parishwide meeting or a smaller, community gathering, we have appreciated their individual and collective voices. They have been heard. The LA SAFE team has captured every idea, and we are energized by the interest of so many in this process.

The momentum is building.

Here is where we are: We will once again invite residents from six parishes — Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne — to come together again from July 24 to Aug. 3 so they can begin to turn your vision for their communities into plans for their parish. Real plans. Not a document that sits on a shelf, but plans for projects that will be funded through LA SAFE to help build stronger communities.

(Learn more about the previous round of meetings here.)

We will stay in touch. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all at @LiveLaSafe). Visit our website at LASAFE.la.gov. Stay tuned for the details on dates and locations for the next round of LA SAFE meetings, and check the timeline below to track our progress.

Thanks to everyone for their interest. They shared. We listened. Please stay involved because your participation and ideas are fueling the momentum of LA SAFE.