LANDRIEU STATEMENT ON ESSENCE FESTIVAL -- 11/14/2005
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 200
LANDRIEU STATEMENT ON ESSENCE FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge, La - Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement on the Essence Festival's temporary relocation to Houston, Texas:
"We understand the logistical challenges facing the Essence Festival, and we look forward to bringing them back to their home state in the future. While Louisiana was the first choice of the Essence Festival, the Superdome will simply not be repaired in time to host this top-notch event in 2006."
"Through the years, Essence has been a good community partner. And in the aftermath of the hurricanes, the leadership of Essence has proven their commitment to rebuild this state. Susan Taylor, editorial director of Essence magazine, serves on Governor Blanco's Louisiana Recovery Authority Board of Directors. Edward Lewis, Chairman and Founder of Essence Communications, and Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, serve on my Administration's Louisiana Rebirth Advisory Board. We appreciate their dedication to our state, and Louisiana will undoubtedly benefit from their expertise."
"The Essence Festival is a part of Louisiana. It is one of the signature events that makes Louisiana a pre-eminent tourist destination in the world.
"The Essence Festival is a part of our cultural economy and epitomizes what we mean when we talk about growing jobs through culture and tourism. The festival makes a $126 million economic impact, attracting 228,000 attendees annually. In addition, Essence provides an opportunity to showcase the products and talents of African Americans living in the state to a national audience.
"We wish the Festival great success in Houston in 2006, and we are eager to bring Essence home."