Gov. Edwards, city leaders working to keep CenturyLink HQ in Monroe

Source: MGN Online
Source: MGN Online(KNOE)
Published: Nov. 9, 2018 at 10:20 PM CST
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CenturyLink provides a lot of jobs and services for folks all across the country, which is why Louisiana elected officials are fighting to keep it in Monroe.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' Deputy Chief of Staff, Richard Carbo, told 'The News-Star' that the economic development secretary met with CenturyLink executives Wednesday in Monroe as part of ongoing negotiations.

He said the governor and CEO of CenturyLink are expected to meet in November. No other details were released, but Carbo said CenturyLink's future in Louisiana is among the governor's top economic priorities.

Council Member Michael Echols, who sat in a meeting with the governor three months ago, said following that meeting he's optimistic that the company will stay.

"He said from an incentive tools standpoint, you had to have job and job creation for a lot of the tools in the tool chest, but he was going to do everything in his power to try to work towards ensuring that CenturyLink is going to stay out here," Echols said.

KNOE reached out to folks here at CenturyLink to hear the plan but were told 'no comment'.