Gulf Coast Legislative Council to Promote Regional Cooperation for the Growth and Development of America's Gulf Coast

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The Gulf Coast Legislative Council (GCLC) announced its launch today. The GCLC will provide an unprecedented level of cooperation among leaders in the Gulf Coast five state region allowing an opportunity for Legislators to begin working together in a formal manner to promote the varied and shared interests of America's Gulf Coast States.

As one of the fastest growing areas of our nation, both economically and in terms of population, cooperation in our region is long past due and the Gulf Coast Legislative Council will provide us an opportunity to have our needs and concerns heard...

After much planning and thoughtful collaboration between members of different Gulf Coast State Legislatures, the Gulf Coast Legislative Council (GCLC) announced its launch today, providing a door to opportunity for the five state region and its biggest issues. The GCLC will provide an unprecedented level of cooperation among leaders in the Gulf States allowing an opportunity for those Legislators to begin working together in a formal manner to promote the varied and shared interests of this important region.

Inaugural GCLC Chairperson, Louisiana State Representative Kirk Talbot said of the announcement, “The states of the Gulf Coast region provide a wealth of resources and serve as an economic engine to both the United States and the world--and our global economy is growing. The time has come for those of us in these states to do our part to protect our resources and promote our economic growth together and I am pleased to serve as the first Chairperson of the Gulf Coast Legislative Council."

Issues that GCLC plans to focus on include: economic development and international trade, transportation platforms, agriculture and seafood, tourism, insuring the gulf coast, and energy resources and exploration, among others. The focus includes many issues relevant to the coastal areas of each state, but is not limited to coastal issues; rather, it will represent the issues of these five member states in their entirety.

The GCLC Membership consists of State Legislators representing the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. There is a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the entire organization, as well as a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of each of the five Member States. It is a non-profit, bi-partisan organization. Associate memberships are made available to non-legislator elected officials, non-profit organizations, trade associations, chambers, and business entities of various sizes, in the previously mentioned states.

“This is an exciting time for our region and we have already experienced an outpouring of support and willingness by many to join and participate. As one of the fastest growing areas of our nation, both economically and in terms of population, cooperation in our region is long past due and the Gulf Coast Legislative Council will provide us an opportunity to have our needs and concerns heard on a national level. Along with Representative Talbot, I look forward to serving my state and my region," adds Vice-Chair Representative Lenar Whitney.

For more information about the Gulf Coast Legislative Council, please visit our website at: http://www.gulfcoastlegislativecouncil.com

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