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U.S. Chamber to Co-Host Regulatory Reform Panel, Examine Impacts of Federal Regulations

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The U.S. Chamber, along with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Port of New Orleans, and the Black Chamber of Commerce of the South, will host a panel discussion, Righting the Regulatory Ship. The panel discussion, moderated by Bill Kovacs, the Chamber’s senior vice president for Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, will examine the impact of federal regulations on Louisiana businesses and discuss ways to improve the regulatory process.

WHO: Opening Remarks Arnold Baker, Commissioner, Port of New Orleans, Owner, Baker Ready Mix & Building Materials Mike Kearney, Commissioner, Port of New Orleans, Chairman & CEO, Kearney Companies, Inc.

Keynote Harry Alford, President and CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

Panel Moderator William Kovacs, Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelists Jimmy Baldwin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Coastal Cargo Caitlin Berni, Vice President of Policy and Communications, Greater New Orleans, Inc. Brandy Christian, Chief Operating Officer, Port of New Orleans Brent Golleher, Director of Government and External Affairs, Louisiana MidContinent Oil and Gas Association Quentin Messer, President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance

Closing Remarks Gary LaGrange, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans

WHAT: Remarks and Panel Discussion on the Need for Regulatory Reform in Louisiana

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT WHERE: Port of New Orleans Auditorium 1350 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 RSVP: Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, e-mail press@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5682.


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