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Coming back to work in Louisiana

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB NewsChannel 5) - To open the Louisiana legislative session, Governor Bobby Jindalhighlighted people across the state who have returned to Louisiana for jobs afteryears away. There are many here in Cenla with the same story.

Thomas David grew up inCentral Louisiana: maybe you can tell by his boots, or his accent.

"It's a small town, andeverybody knows everybody," said David, who now works for PanAmerican Engineers."It's a good feeling."

But as an adult, Davidleft his Pineville home for ten years—even lived in Europe. So why return?

"While I was over there, myfather asked me to come back," David said. "Said there was a job opening. And Itook it, and now I've been here for five years."

According to governorBobby Jindal, Thomas David is like many other native Louisianians who are comingback to the state to work—possibly for the crawfish, but definitely for thejobs.

"The opportunities areactually endless," said David.

The Young ProfessionalsGroup (YPG) of Cenla has several success stories like this one.

"We now have these jobopportunities," said YPG Chairman Dustin Matthews. "They have a reason to comeback."

And YPG members know it'snot just about the jobs: Cenla also has a quality of life that some youngpeople say, couldn't be better.

"Everybody asks me all thetime, why'd you move here? Why'd you pick Central Louisiana out of anywhere youcould've gone?" said Priscilla Giallonardo, who moved to Cenla from the Dallasarea. "I can't tell you how much I love living here."

"This is the community I wantto be a part of, right now," said Thomas David. "And anybody leaving... Yeahyou can go away, but I think you can do the same things here and still succeed."

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