The WTC Agriculture Committee is led by Chairman Jerry Hingle, Executive Director for International Trade Associates, and Vice-Chairman Dr. Mike Strain, Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The Agriculture Committee's mission is to provide purpose and voice to Louisiana's food and agriculture sector. With respect to international trade, the Committee aims to enhance, not duplicate, action on a state, national, and global level that betters Louisiana's ability to compete internationally. The Agriculture Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.
The WTC Energy Committee is led my Chairman Eric Smith, Executive Director of Tulane Energy Institute. The Energy Committee's mission is to recommend policy positions and programs to strengthen development of Louisiana's energy sector. The Energy Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.
The WTC Government Affairs Committee is led by Co-Chairman Edward T. Hayes, Partner at Leake and Andersson LLP, and Co-Chairman Ben Billings, Principal at Sentinel Strategies. The Government Affairs Committee's mission is to recommend positions and programs to strengthen Louisiana's development of foreign trade, investment, and international services. The Government Affairs Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.
The WTC International Business Committee is led by Chairman Michael Olivier, CEO & President of the Committee of 100 for Louisiana, and Vice-Chair Larry Collins, Executive Director for the Office of International Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development. The International Business Committee's mission is to review and recommend policy positions and programs to strengthen Louisiana's development of international trade, investment, and trade related services. The Committee actively takes steps to ensure that the business environment in Louisiana is attractive and profitable for potential international investors and organizations. The International Business Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.
The WTC Transportation Committee is led by Chairman William App, Jr., President and CEO of J.W. Allen & Co., and Vice-Chairman Robert Barkerding Jr., President of Admiral Security Services. The Transportation Committee's mission is to recommend policy and projects that will increase usage of Louisiana's transportation system and increase public understanding of the system's impact on the state's economic development. The Transportation Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.