Rudy Gomez, Partner at SSA Consultants, Talks Blueprint Louisiana to the Broussard Chamber of Commerce
March 21, 2012
Baton Rouge, LA — Rudy Gomez of SSA Consultants addressed members of the Broussard Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon March 21 with a run down of the history, accomplishments, and priorities of Blueprint Louisiana, a citizen-driven effort that identifies and implements essential changes in making fundamental improvements in the state.
Gomez played an instrumental role in designing the organizational and operational models that laid the foundation for Blueprint’s achievements thus far. He outlined Blueprint’s five action steps – education, public retirement, health care and “Smart on Crime” – and described the power and potential for fundamental change when organizations are formed by coalitions of like-minded individuals.
How SSA is Helping to Move Louisiana Forward
► Blueprint Louisiana | Connecting Leaders to Create the State We Deserve
Blueprint Louisiana is a citizen-driven effort to identify and implement essential changes to fundamentally improve life and economic opportunities in Louisiana for generations. Led and supported by community and business leaders from across the state, this nonpartisan effort aims to better position Louisiana for success. SSA designed the Blueprint Louisiana organizational and operational models in 2006 and currently serves as the project management organization.
SSA facilitates periodic meetings in nine, designated regions to gather input from business and community leaders. Since spring 2007, SSA has hosted 36 regional meetings, attracting more than 2,000 participants. The project team also conducts formal briefings for legislators and executive agencies on all of Blueprint’s reform platforms, including ethics, education, workforce development, health care, transportation infrastructure, crime, public retirement, and coastal restoration and hurricane protection. Additionally, SSA manages the organization’s daily operations, including maintaining Blueprint Louisiana’s financials and 3,000-plus membership database; directing subcontractors; coordinating board meetings; and facilitating engagements among key stakeholders. Among its many outreach efforts, SSA developed a speakers’ bureau that has supplied presenters, including project staff and board members, to discuss the Blueprint agenda at nearly 50 meetings and conferences.
During the 2007 election, Blueprint Louisiana secured a super-majority of support in Louisiana Legislature. Major Blueprint-backed legislation passed during special and regular legislative sessions resulted in stronger ethic laws, higher investments in early childhood education, a redesign of state workforce development efforts, higher education reform, and the implementation of a performance-based funding formula at the campus level. Moreover, Blueprint’s communication efforts produced more than 200 articles, editorials and letters to the editor published by print media across the state.