Ted Falgout brings his 40 years of experience in infrastructure, coastal activities, and the oil and gas industry to Lori LeBlanc, LLC as Policy Advisor.
Ted assists clients with strategic planning, securing regulatory permits, addressing regulatory concerns with state and federal agencies, and evaluating and developing sites for potential energy shore base operations. He also puts his three decades of experience operating a port in the coastal zone to help industry clients navigate coastal zone management and coastal land use permitting.
Ted served as Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for 31 years, where he was instrumental in developing Port Fourchon as the nation’s most significant energy port, and also led the development of the South Lafourche Leonard J Miller, Jr. Airport to complement the seaport.
For 15 years, he was also Chairman of the LA 1 Coalition, which has brought national attention to Louisiana’s land loss crisis and its impact on infrastructure. Under Ted’s leadership, the organization completed $350 million in LA Highway 1 improvements, including the construction of an elevated highway from Leeville to Port Fourchon, and secured an additional $50 million in funding for the next phase of the highway project.
Ted has served under four governors on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Coastal Protection and Restoration, and has held leadership roles in the America’s Wetland Energy Coast Initiative, Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Management Advisory Council, Restore or Retreat, South Central Industrial Association, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation, and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Substrate (Rigs to Reefs).
Prior to his position as Port Director, Ted worked for the LSU Sea Grant Program and Danos and Curole Marine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from University of Southwest Louisiana, and a Master of Science degree from Louisiana State University.