Riegel: How Louisiana lost a $10 billion plant
It wasn’t easy for Tommy Kurtz to leave Louisiana. The former Louisiana Economic Development executive grew up in New Orleans—a Jesuit High School Blue Jay—and his roots run deep. When his former colleague and friend, Iain Vasey, offered him a position at the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. in mid-2015, he was torn.
His daughter was a student at St. Joseph’s Academy at the time and, well, south Texas is hard for a boy from the Bayou State to get his arms around.
Vasey understood. As a former executive with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, he also has close ties to Louisiana. But as president and CEO of the CCREDC, a position he assumed in February 2015, he knew the opportunities that existed in the Lone Star State and was successful in luring Kurtz and family away…