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Dear friends and colleagues,

It seems like only yesterday we all mourned the shocking “no call” that ended the Saints’ 2018 playoff run — followed by the Boycott Bowl, of course! This year has passed so quickly, and the Saints are once again on a roll. And now that we are deep into the football season, the holidays are upon us too. It’s the perfect time of the year to reflect on what we're grateful for.

Here at The Data Center, we're grateful for water. In particular, we’re grateful for the tremendous growth of the water management industry in Southeast Louisiana. This emerging industry's impact is most apparent in the doubling of jobs in heavy construction in our Super Region — from roughly 5,000 jobs in 2004 to 10,000 today. And that’s good news as job creation has slowed in older industries that have historically provided good upward mobility for families in coastal Louisiana — oil and gas, port, and fishing.

As workforce development agencies, community colleges, and universities ramp up efforts to connect residents and small businesses with good paying opportunities in water management, their efforts will be important in the short term and the long term.  Louisiana's 50-year, $50 billion plan for coastal restoration, protection, and adaptation will generate demand for workers for multiple generations. And we think that's a lot to be grateful for!

To learn more about water management, check out our most recent two briefs: 
At this time of year, we would be remiss if we did not express our gratitude to our board of directors and our funders.* These generous individuals and organizations make it possible for us to bring you the data you need to make informed decisions.

With gratitude for the enduring commitment to and love for Southeast Louisiana that we all share, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving,

The Data Center Team
Erica Amrine, Allison Plyer, Dabne Whitemore, Jenna Losh, Don J Asay, Robby Habans, Lamar Gardere, Cody Brumfield, Amy Teller, Rachel Weinstein, Arthur Rymer, and Katrina Andry
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*Baptist Community Ministries, Ella West Freeman Family Foundation, Foundation for Louisiana, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Kabacoff Family Foundation, The Keller Family Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund, Methodist Health System Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Urban Institute through funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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