Employment Opportunity

South Central Planning & Development Commission is accepting resumes for the position of Part-time “Grants and Loan Analyst”. Bachelor degree required preferably in Finance, Economics and/or Business Administration. Individual will conduct underwriting and review of Small Business Loan Applications along with assisting in grant writing and in the research, writing and analysis of business and economic trends. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software a plus and salary will be commensurate with experience. SCPDC is an EOE.

Resumes need to be received by the end of business on Monday, September29, 2014 to P.O. Box 1870, Gray, Louisiana 70359 or emailed to employment@scpdc.org

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Due to the recent spike in critical injury and fatality crashes involving teens and young children, Troop C, along with 18 other agencies gathered at a press conference to address these concerns and bring awareness to impaired driving and occupant protection issues in the area, and it is just in time for the Independence Day “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” wave. The agencies all agree that they will not tolerate individuals that choose to drive impaired and not buckle up! To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July and thereafter, law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. . LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT MESSING AROUND, IF YOU’RE CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED! To view the press conference, please visit http://www.fox8live.com/story/25929696/southern-parishes-see-spike-in-traffic-related-deaths. Thank you to all of the agencies that work diligently to keep us safe on the roadways!

Agencies that participated in the press conference include: Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack; Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre; Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Office- Major Mike Dean; Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joe Waitz; Golden Meadow Police Dept.- Chief Reggie Pitre; Gramercy Police Dept- Lt. Jody Ordeneaux Greater Lafourche Port Commission Harbor Police- Chief Jon Callais; Houma Police Dept.- Chief Todd Duplantis; Lockport Police Dept.- Chief Warren Vedross; Nicholls State University Police Dept.- Chief Craig Jacuzzo; Thibodaux Police Dept.- Sgt. James Newton; State Representative Joe Harrison; Terrebonne Parish Councilwoman Beryl Amedee; Mothers Against Drunk Driving- Ava Fontenot & Josephine Rodrigue; Acadian Ambulance Service- Chad Davis; South Central Safe Community Partnership- Cassie Parker; Terrebonne Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security- Earl Eues; Alcohol Tobacco Control- Agent Mike Russell; Louisiana State Police-Troop C- Capt. Darrin Naquin

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All set for May 13th Regional Traffic Safety Summit

Plans are all ironed out for this year’s South Central Regional Traffic Safety Summit on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center. Registration closes on Thursday, May 8th.

With the theme, “Sustaining Safety Efforts Towards Zero”, the event will tackle programs that address highway safety issues on seat belt use, drunk driving, teen driver safety, distracted driving, unsafe infrastructure and integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) into safety planning. At 2:00-4:00 PM, a forum on bicycle and pedestrian safety will wrap up the whole event . Read more on  Houma Today.

To view full agenda, click here. 

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South Central Safe Community Partnership promotes Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign at Safety Circus

April 25, 2014, Houma Region, LA – The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) will join forces with its law enforcement and health partners in spreading the word about seat belt use during the Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign, which runs from May 1 to 7, 2014.

The partnership shared that while law enforcement agencies will crack down on unbelted motorists day and night, the Lady of the Sea General Hospital (LOSGH) will be conducting the Annual Safety Circus on May 3, 2014 at the Cut Off Youth Center which aims to educate parents, teens and kids the importance of child passenger safety, bike helmet use and seat belt use.

Safety Circus is sponsored by LOSGH through the Lafourche Chapter of SAFE KIDS Coalition and partly funded through the Safe Communities Grant that the SCSCP has received from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC). In this event, a few of the SCSCP’s partners such as Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Office of Public Health, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the South Central Region’s Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Team headed by Michael Toups from Houma Police Department will be promoting both adult occupant protection and child passenger safety.

A child seat check is scheduled at 9 AM to noon wherein child seats will be given to those who reasonably need them. Also, police will be on the lookout for not just the unbelted ones but also those who buckle up in their truck and provide them a little T-shirt incentive imprinted with the message: “I got caught… wearing a seat belt”.

The Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign will segue into to the National Click it Or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization from May 19 to June 1, 2014. Belt checkpoints and child seat inspections are lined up during these dates.

Statewide statistics tells that Louisiana has seen steady decline in traffic related fatalities, and seat belt use among Louisiana motorists jumped more than three percentage points to 82.5 percent in 2013, the largest one-year increase in more than a decade. However, pickup truck occupants have been proven to be less likely to buckle up than any other class of vehicle.  In 2013, 82.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in all vehicles in Louisiana buckled up, but only 75.9 percent of those in pickups did the same. 

In the Houma Region, front seat occupant belt use is now at 85.5%, which is a little above the state rate. Speaking of front seat belt use by State Police Troops, compliance rate is at 88.5% in the Troop C Area, comprised of Parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne and parts of St. John and St. James.

Remember this May 1 to May 7:  It’s Buckle Up In Your Truck.  Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life. For more info on this campaign, visit http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/buiyt.html.

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South Central Safe Community Partnership supports distracted driving enforcement campaign

Texting behind the wheel a big push in teen safety contest

April 16, 2014, South Central, LA – The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) joined forces with its local and state highway safety partners to celebrate the 1st National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which was officially launched this past week.

Safety partners were out educating young motorists about the dangers of texting and driving.  Lt. Jody Ordeneaux Jr. of Gramercy Police Department shared that they utilized social media and Letter to the Editor column as means to get the message across.

Distracted driving is depicted largely in SCSCP’s recently concluded Capturing Safety Through the Lens: Teen Safety Driving Photo and Video Contest sponsored by State Farm. As part of this month’s campaign, the SCSCP has lined up three days to visit the respective schools who were picked as winners in order to officially award them their prizes, which include $250 cash for Grand Winners as well as trophies, bag of goodies and certificates.

Majority of the entries depicted about distracted driving habits and how young drivers creatively put together photo and video messages to promote against texting and driving.

The awarding days are scheduled as follows: April 25, 9:45 AM at Assumption High; April 29, 11:00 AM at Thibodaux High; April 30, 10 AM at H.L. Bourgeois and 11:30 AM at Central Lafourche High. It will be attended the respective school principals and club advisers as well as by SCSCP Chairman Capt. Darrin Naquin (LSP Troop C Commander) and Vice Chairman Capt. Ray Traigle (Assumption Sheriff’s Office) as well as Contest Chairman Floyd Benoit (Lafourche School Board).

The Grand Winner in Video category was filmed by Assumption High School Student Council members Claire Theriot, Claire Domingue and Cade Blanchard. First-runner up was earned by Central Lafourche High School Student Council members Patrick Zeringue, Taylor Kimball, Kylie Foret, Josie Whitlock and Hailey Hodson.

H.L. Bourgeois High School Yearbook club members Miranda Bergeron, Kassidi Blanchard and Katherine Dean submitted a photo that emerged as Grand Winner. An entry from Thibodaux High School Student Council members Bryce Messer and Klint Landry won First-runner Up.

The SCSCP also picked the “People’s Choice” Awardees for both categories as judged by all coalition members during the February 20th Judging Day. Award recipients are Thibodaux High School Student Council members Kalin Larousse, Peyton Chiasson, Jamie Granier, Bryce Messer and Klint Landry for video category. The Grand Winner in Photo category was also picked as People’s Choice.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign is national in scope, and States that applied and that have primary enforcement of their text messaging laws were awarded approximately $8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support this and other efforts designed to fight distracted driving. The national U Text. U Drive. U Pay. enforcement blitz is also supported by an $8.5 million national advertising campaign, designed to raise awareness about the enforcement effort and remind people about the deadly consequences of driving and texting.
For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov
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