After “acquiring” responsibility for losing State Farm Insurance in Monroe, later earning the blame for losing the Guide Plant, and then later bungling the deal with Toyota, soon-to-be former Governor Kathleen Blanco is receiving a bit of charity.
Many could easily say thatÂ “on her way out” Gov. BlancoÂ deserves nothing from a region that has been so badly neglected by her Administration. The most glaring neglect and obvious imbalance in efforts were displayed when Blanco’s Administration did little more than take a vacation to Japan to lure Toyota to NELA, but threw everything but the kitchen sink, valued at over ONE BILLION DOLLARS,Â at ThyssenKrupp, aÂ German steel manufacturer,Â to locate in south Louisiana. Unfortunately for the “geauxing” Governor, she displayed the greatest incompetence and consistencyÂ in her losing attempts to gain the steel mill for Louisiana.
Nevertheless, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is generously contributing some positive donations to the legacy of the worst Governor in Louisiana history (even with one former Governor sitting in prison).Â Accent Marketing Services has chosen Monroe as their newest location for a 550 employee call center and will make good use of the former State Farm building for its business. The building was nearly written off when Katrina evacuees disgustingly abused the facility, but was salvaged by the State afterwards with an initial plan to locate the Delta Community College in the building. A new location for the Community college allowed Monroe to utilize the building for recruiting badly needed new business and jobs to the region.
Later this morning, our “not gone soon enough” Governor will sing her own praises (because no one else would dare) and announce the new incoming business.
Hopefully, officials will move to rename the building so references to State Farm can cease. Of some concern would be the mistake to name the facility after the person that deserves it the least, as the public anxiously awaits her leaving the Governor’s Mansion.