Economic Work Group

This work group handles rebuilding businesses and employment, and developing economic opportunities that make communities more resilient.

Work Group Members:

  • Adam Knapp, leader
  • Mike Olivier
  • Don Pierson
  • Sean Reilly

Contact us at taskforce@restore.la.gov for more information.

Business Recovery Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers are partnering to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding.  The Louisiana Department of Economic Development has set up a resource page with more information for businesses affected by the flooding, including the locations of Business Recovery Centers currently open. Click here to visit their Flood Recovery Assistance page.

Tax Information & Filing and Payment Relief

Tax filing and payment relief are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas. The Department of Revenue also has posted to its website a list of frequently asked questions on potential tax issues related to disaster recovery. Click here for more information.

IRS Assistance

The IRS is offering help to Louisiana flood survivors and their families by making loans and hardship distributions available through their employer-sponsored retirement plans. This assistance is available to participants in 401(k) plans, employees of public schools and tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities, as well as state and local government employees with 457(b) deferred-compensation plans. To qualify for this relief, hardship withdrawals must be made by Jan. 17, 2017. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/laflood-irs.

Disaster Distress Helpline

If you are experiencing emotional distress due to the storm, call the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis-support service is available 24/7 via telephone at (800) 985-5990, or SMS – text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

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