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Panelist Bio


James C. Hou
Hero2Hired, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

James C. Hou is the Employment Coordinator for Louisiana, under the Department of Defense’s Hero2Hired program.

As the Employment Coordinator, Mr. Hou works with Guard and Reserve servicemembers, and veterans and military spouses, to find employment that fits their talents and experiences.

He also conducts outreach with civilian employers to educate on the skillsets of military servicemembers. He has also served in an advisory capacity with Fortune 500 companies as they develop veteran recruitment and retention programs (Apollo Global Management, Starbucks, and Yahoo, among others).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hou served as the Career Advisor for Tulane University’s MBA program.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from Tulane.

He is also a veteran, serving as a combat medic with the Missouri Army National Guard from 2001-2005, and as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division from 2005-2010.

Current Topic


     04/17 - Coastal Restoration: The Next Wave

What new funding resources are available to the state?
Louisiana is in a battle against devastating land loss. The state’s 2017 updated coastal restoration Master Plan will be presented to the Legislature during the regular session that begins this month. For the first time in its history, Louisiana will have significant funding to begin implementing coastal projects, as the first of the state's long awaited oil and gas revenues kick in this year.

Critics of large river diversion projects fear fresh water will devastate salt water species and marsh grasses and take too long to have a measurable impact. Critics of dredging argue it is costly, only builds small areas, and may not be the best use of limited resources. But is it an either-or question? What new funding resources are available to the state?

Wednesday, April 26 at 7PM

Our panelists are
• Bren Haase; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
• Denise Reed, Ph.D.; The Water Institute of the Gulf
• Captain George Ricks; The Save Louisiana Coalition
• Mark Schleifstein; journalist, The Times Picayune

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and television news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, host the program.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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