"I just love Louisiana. I'm so glad to be home," gushed Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial while speaking recently at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. "I miss crawfish, catfish, gumbo, and boudin. This is an incredible state."
He should know. The native New Orleanian served as mayor of New Orleans for eight years. He is now president of the National Urban League and living in New York.
Morial spoke about what Baton Rouge officials need to do to plan for longterm growth. The city must focus on transportation, developing North Baton rouge, and building the best education system available.
"The question is where do you want to be in 2020 or 2025?" Morial said to a packed house of Rotary members, family, friends, and former colleagues. "For this state, the priority has to be on building a first-class education system."
He challenged state leaders to work on a strategic plan to prepare for the future.