McGlothin: Trips to Baton Rouge yield contacts but no promises

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — Mayor-Elect Glen McGlothin is making contacts in Baton Rouge, but he’s not found any promises for more state funding.

McGlothin told members of the Ferriday Chamber of Commerce that during two trips he has made to Baton Rouge in the last month, he has made many good contacts — but cash-strapped state officials have given no promises of funding.

He and other officials from north Louisiana went to the State Capitol in early May for a program called Northern Exposure, during which they met with area lawmakers.

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&uot;They could not offer any encouragement as far as money is concerned,&uot;&160;McGlothin said during the Chamber’s Monday meeting.

&uot;They did say they were working as hard as they could to resolve the state’s budget problems.&uot;

Late last month, McGlothin met with officials of Gemini Industries USA, a circuit board company looking to locate in Ferriday, and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The purpose of the meeting was to simply to introduce Gemini CEO Robert Lee of Ferriday to state economic officials and let DED know Gemini is interested in locating in Ferriday, McGlothin said.

Gemini officials &uot;were well-received, but some (economic officials) still had questions about Gemini, and Gemini is going to answer those questions in writing,&uot;&160;he added.

McGlothin said he also discussed with DED officials the possibility of getting funding for a larger building for Mardy’s Contracting, a Ferriday company that makes camouflage clothing.

That company has 13 workers but wants to increase that number to 25 but needs a larger building, he said.

Also in Monday’s meeting:

Chamber President Chris Vaughn said a committee will be reconvened to make plans to renovate the old post office building on Louisiana Avenue, which will be the new site of the Ferriday Museum.

The opening of MNC Technology, a new computer hardware and software store on North E.E. Wallace Boulevard, was announced.

Vaughn announced that the chamber is working with Entergy’s Team Cities program to get information about the town to prospective industries.