Pastors, parishioners, and leaders gathered for midday prayer Thursday in New Iberia to pray and share solutions to their community’s problems.
Community leaders tell us they are committed to improving the city of New Iberia economically and socially.
So on Thursday they have companies and community members in the form of prayers to address these issues.
They gathered together with seven churches and elected officials in the Sliman Theater to discuss economic development and prosperity.
New Iberia Mayor Freddie Decourt discussed road improvement plans, funds to support anti-violence programs and the creation of an initiative to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.
“Companies look at our streets before they come here, companies look at our crime, companies look at our community as a whole. These are the things that we have to know and recognize, if we are to have a better quality of life here, if our companies are to be successful, we have to think in these terms, ”said Decourt.
Pastor Zach Mitchell, President of the Iberia Christian Ministerial Federation, says giving a speech on strengthening the workforce will improve the quality of life for residents in the area.
“It extends to the community, it curbs crime, it does all sorts of things to make the community healthy. That’s really what it’s about, ”said Mitchell.
He says the initiative to bring church and workforce together is a step forward to bring more jobs to the region.
Community leaders say they are now working with elected officials to find solutions to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community to reduce gun violence.
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