By Lori LeBlanc, LMOGA Offshore Committee Director
for BIC Magazine
Falling oil prices. Punitive federal regulations. Massive layoffs. Business closures. Severe budget cuts. When it comes to the state and local economy, and our home-grown oil and gas industry, the headlines in 2016 generally have not been pleasant. In the Houma/Thibodaux MSA, for example, a loss of 15,000 jobs from 2015-2017 has been predicted. Needless to say, this year has been tough for thousands of Louisiana workers, businesses, and communities, not to mention our own state government.