Disaster Recovery Committee of the Revolving Loan Board Meeting!

September 9, 2019 Comments Off on Disaster Recovery Committee of the Revolving Loan Board Meeting!

The Disaster Recovery Committee of the Revolving Loan Board for South Central Planning and Development Commission, Inc, will meet on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 2:30 pm, at 5058 West Main St, Houma, LA.  Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation is requested to contact South Central Planning and Development Commission, Inc, as soon as possible in advance of the meeting at (985) 851-2900 to discuss the particular accommodations needed.

Disaster Recovery Committee Tentative Agenda

CONTACT: Lisa Maloz, 985.655.1051 x 2075


Louisiana SONIC Drive-ins Raise $60,000 for Free Child Safety Seats

September 5, 2019 Comments Off on Louisiana SONIC Drive-ins Raise $60,000 for Free Child Safety Seats

Sept. 4, 2019


Contact: Siona LaFrance, University Medical Center, (504) 702-3769, siona.lafrance@lcmchealth.org

Lori Moresi, Kergan Bros. Sonic, (318) 419-1993, lori@sonic-blast.com

Partnering with University Medical Center New Orleans and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF), Louisiana’s 147 SONIC Drive-Ins donated $60,000 to provide free and professionally installed car seats for children in needy families throughout the state.

Applications for the program are available here. Seats are awarded to eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last, so interested families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application deadline is Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

On August 1, 2019, upgraded laws went into effect regarding car seat safety in Louisiana. Children should use a child safety seat in the safest mode allowed by the child safety seat manufacturer, for as long as possible until outgrowing the seat by harness weight or height. With these more protective child safety seat laws, it is now more important than ever to ensure children are in the correct seat and properly restrained in their child safety seats. A video on the program is available here.

 “The SONIC car culture is an atmosphere we take pride in. It’s our mission to contribute to the safety of children since many families can’t afford life-saving car seats. We owe it all to the generosity of our customers,” said Ted Kergan, owner of Kergan Bros. Sonic Group, the state’s largest SONIC franchisee.

SONICs in Louisiana raised money through sales of the 2019 SONIC “Tot” calendar. This is the fourth year of the car seat donation program, which has raised a total of $223,000 and purchased 2,300 car seats since its inception.

“When used correctly, child restraints are the number-one factor in protecting our children in motor vehicle crashes,” said Bridget Gardner, a registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at University Medical Center. “We’re excited to team up with SONIC for another year of reducing childhood injuries and fatalities across our state.”

About Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force

The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force is a network of certified child passenger safety technicians who work to correct the installation of child restraints, encourage child safety seat and seat belt usage in motor vehicles, and provide resources to technicians and the community to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes. The LPSTF is an injury prevention special interest group run by the University Medical Center Trauma Program.

About University Medical Center

University Medical Center New Orleans, home to the Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. University Medical Center serves as a key partner of LSU Health New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.


SONIC, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States with more than 3,600 restaurants. Sonic is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit SonicDriveIn.com and InspireBrands.com.

2019 SONIC_CarSeat Press Release


PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED: Bicycle and Pedestrian Regional Safety Plan

May 30, 2019 Comments Off on PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED: Bicycle and Pedestrian Regional Safety Plan

South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) is requesting public input for the regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Plan. The goal of this plan is the reduction of bicycle and pedestrian related crashes, serious injuries and fatalities within our seven-parish area including Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes.

 There are two ways you can participate.

 TAKE OUR ONLINE SURVEY: SCPDC has launched a new interactive digital survey that you can take using your phone, tablet or computer. In as little as 5-minutes you can be part of the planning process telling us your thoughts on funding priorities, your habits & needs, and even use an interactive mapping tool to zoom in and tell us your safety concerns and/or where you might want to see a new sidewalk or bike path. The survey can be found by visiting our website at www.scpdc.org.

PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS: The public is also invited to participate through a series of short, interactive workshops that will be held throughout the month June for St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary parishes.  If you miss the meetings or are unable to attend, please be sure to take the online survey mentioned above.

Both are designed to provide planners with needed local knowledge and expertise and provide opportunities for you to share safety concerns and potential solutions related to pedestrians and bicyclists in your neighborhood and throughout the region.

 Workshops are scheduled for:

St. James

June 4th, 5:30pm Courthouse Annex, 2631 Hwy 20, Vacherie.

June 20th, 5:30pm at the St. James Hospital Community Room, 1645 Lutcher Ave., Lutcher

St. John the Baptist

June 6th, 5:30pm at the Norris Millet, Sr. Library, 2920 Hwy 51, LaPlace

June 19th, 5:30pm at the Roland Borne, Sr. Library, 2979 Hwy 18, Edgard

St. Mary

June 13th, 5:30pm at the SLCC-Young Memorial Campus, 900 Youngs Rd. Morgan City

June 25th, 6:00pm at the Franklin City Hall, 300 Iberia St., Franklin



Stephanie Bruning



Make A Difference – Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Survey

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on Make A Difference – Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Survey

South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) is creating a regional plan to address bicycle and pedestrian safety. Funded by LA Department of Transportation & Development, it is our goal that the plan will help our region plan for safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that will save lives, improve the quality of life for residents, connect schools, residences and businesses and benefit the health and welfare for people of all abilities. However, we cannot do this without your help!

 SCPDC has launched a new online digital survey to ensure we can get as much public input as possible, along with public meetings we plan to hold April-June of this year. Please take the time to take the survey and share with your colleagues, customers, clients, friends and family and share on your website and social media platforms. Flyers can be downloaded on our website as well. www.scpdc.org. Thank you so very much for your assistance. We look forward to planning safe transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.

Take the survey - click to begin

DRA Opens 2019 Application Period for Community Investments

March 7, 2019 Comments Off on DRA Opens 2019 Application Period for Community Investments

DRA is opening the 2019 application cycle to provide investments through its available funding opportunities. DRA funding programs are tailored to address specific infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local industries, and enhance regional economic opportunities.

Organizations and communities can apply online at funding.dra.gov. The application process runs through May 31, and funds are available in DRA’s footprint in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Communities and organizations are encouraged to work closely with their local development district office, which has staff members trained by the DRA, to assist with the application process.

Information on state-specific funding allocations, funding program eligibility requirements and guidelines, and contact information for local development districts are available here.


Contact Person at SCPDC: Stephanie Brüning (StephanieB@scpdc.org)

Parish’s eligible: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary

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