James Madden and David Madden of Madden Contracting have recently joined Blueprint Louisiana's Board of Trustees.
Wayne Patterson, Vice President/North General Manager for Louisiana Machinery Company (The Caterpillar Dealer of Louisiana), leads a contingent of north Louisiana business and community leaders who have joined.
One of Blueprint's founding board members, Johnny Martin, Chairman and CEO of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company of Alexandria, is leading efforts to expand north Louisiana's representation on the Blueprint Board.
"It's extremely important that we have all regions of the state sufficiently represented," Martin said. "We have accomplished a great deal over the last four years, but there's still more to be done."
Other local leaders joining Patterson are Ruston transportation executive Jim Davison; and D&J Construction Company, which will split its seat on the board between President/CEO Richard Richardson and Chief Financial Officer Terry Baugh.
The 52 members on Blueprint's Board of Trustees represent nine regions of the state — Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma/Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe/Ruston, New Orleans, the Northshore and Shreveport/ Bossier.
Established in 2006, Blueprint Louisiana is a citizen-driven effort to identify and implement essential changes to make the state a better place to live and work.
The group's original vision for a better Louisiana focused on major governmental reforms in the areas of ethics, education, workforce development, health care, transportation and coastal restoration and hurricane protection. Said another way, Blueprint has been focused on creating the state we deserve.
In 2009, it added a "new economy" component (higher education and economic innovation) to its reform agenda.
In February 2011, it released a list of policy recommendations focused on the state's Fiscal Year 2012 budget challenges.
The nonpartisan effort is led and supported by community and business leaders from across the state.
In preparation for the fall statewide elections, Blueprint is currently engaged in research to identify any other challenges and solutions to those challenges that limit Louisiana's opportunity for long-term success.