As a subcontractor to long-term RTS Research Associate David Dodd (DADCO, Inc.) on this EDA funded project and in response to the impact of the BP spill on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the team is working to develop and implement a workforce contingency plan for fishing and related industries for St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes. The goal of this project is to craft and implement a regional strategy to build upon and parley existing economic assets, skills and competencies into sustainable new employment, business startups and business expansion opportunities.