For Immediate Release
June 15, 2012
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Convenes to Address Regional Issues
Biloxi, MS - The 7th annual meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is scheduled for June 19-21, 2012, at the Omni Marina Tower in Corpus Christi, Texas. Former Alliance Management Team member Buddy Garcia, Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission will welcome the Alliance in its second visit to Texas at the opening plenary session on Tuesday. Keynote speakers include David Kennedy, Assistant Administrator for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service and Eileen Sobeck, Department of Interior’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Meeting participants also will be introduced to Ben Scaggs, recently appointed Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program.
Alliance Chair Jerome Zeringue, Executive Director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will moderate a session on regional issues, including Gulf restoration. Panelists, including Deerin Babb-Brott, Director of the National Ocean Council, and John Hankinson, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Integration Task Force, will discuss the status of these programs and how the Alliance may integrate with them.
The Alliance, which has traditionally been a collaboration of local, state and federal government partners from the five Gulf States, has invited industry leaders from key sectors to join the meeting to offer insight on working together effectively, including integration and obstacles when collaborating on ecosystem programs. A special integration panel is scheduled with representatives from port and shipping interests, oil and gas sectors, tourism, and recreation and commercial fishing from across the Gulf.
“The Alliance is excited to engage business and industry in this setting,” Alliance Chair Zeringue said. “We are looking forward to working with our partners on policy and restoration efforts with both the public and private interests addressed.”
On Wednesday, the Alliance will showcase its achievements through presentations provided by each Alliance Priority Issue Team. These regional action groups work cooperatively across government, educational, and non-governmental partners to achieve actions for the ecological health of the Gulf. Despite state and federal funding cuts, these six teams have continued to address critical regional issues identified by all five Gulf state governors. The Alliance will break out into each of these teams for planning meetings on Thursday. They will address new opportunities from the previous day’s plenary sessions. For a detailed agenda please access www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.
About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance: The States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in 2004 with the shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region. The Alliance recognizes economy and quality of life are linked to Gulf ecological health. Through collaborative leadership of local, state and federal government partners, and active participation of businesses and non-governmental organizations, the Alliance addresses six priority issues facing the Gulf region. The Governor’s Action Plan for Healthy & Resilient Coasts, endorsed by all five Governors, outlines specific actions to achieve the Alliance’s mission. View the Action Plan and learn about the priority issues www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org
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