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Former Lafayette Mayor-President appointed to Louisiana Economic Recovery Task Force

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 14:35:41-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Former Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Economic Recovery Task Force that will help the state with economic recovery efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic.

After deciding to not seek re-election as mayor-president last fall, Robideaux left office in January. He was then hired by Summit Financial in February as a financial consultant.

According to a release from Summit, the statewide task force met via teleconference for the first time on April 23. The private-sector group says it will advise state officials on phased recovery plans to help Louisiana rebound from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before he was elected as mayor-president, Robideaux served 12 years as a state representative to District 45. He also owned and operated a successful accounting firm in Lafayette for 20 years.

“I have a deep understanding of how public policy and business decisions impact the economy," Robideaux said in a statement. "I am honored to work with this group of business leaders to make policy, legislative and regulatory recommendations that will reignite our economy from this crisis.”

Summit Financial describes itself as one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the state of Louisiana.

According to Summit, Robideaux was hired to provide counsel to clients in need of business accounting and CFO support, advise on government affairs issues and expand Summit’s business development efforts across Louisiana.

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