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December 16, 2022

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December 16, 2022

The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry


  • 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities
  • 2023 Transportation Conference | Jan. 18
  • LMTA Holiday Office Hours
  • 2022 Call on Washington D.C.
  • LMTA Insurance Management Services
  • Louisiana State of Emergency Declared
  • NOFO Applications Open for Infrastructure Funding Available Through Federal RAISE Grant
  • National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program Requirements and Upcoming Deadlines
  • Louisiana NEVI Workshop and Expo | Jan. 24
  • Weather Update & Advisories (No Advisories) 


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The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry

December 16, 2022


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2023 Louisiana Transportation Conference | Jan. 18, 2023

Join us for our 2023 Transportation Conference on January 18 at the  Cook Hotel & Conference Center on the Louisiana State University campus.

Meet and speak directly with agency leaders, regulators, and politicians as we discuss issues ranging from infrastructure to logistics that affect the everyday operations and business of Louisiana's transportation industry.

There will be ample opportunities to network and visit including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities - which are limited. Tentative speakers and schedule details can be found on our website.



January 18, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lod Cook Hotel & Conference Center - ROOM BLOCK CLOSES MON DEC. 19!

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities are available!


Holiday Office Hours | Dec. 19, 2022 - Jan. 2, 2023

The LMTA Office will close for the holiday season starting Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call Executive Director Renee Amar at (225) 287-0117


We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!


Call on Washington, D.C. | 2022 Congressional Visits

Last week members of the LMTA visited with Louisiana members of Congress, highlighting the issues of not only their businesses but the industry as a whole.


Members discussed a varity of topics including workforce development through education, truck parking, streamlining TWIC certification and infrastructure among other issues.


We thank each one of our members, the ATA and Louisiana's delegation for their time advocating for our industry!


Our group met with the following Congressional members and their staff:

Rep. Troy Carter Office
Rep. Julia Letlow
Rep. Clay Higgins
Rep. Mike Johson's Office
Sen. Bill Cassidy's Office
Sen. John Kennedy's Office
Rep. Garret Grave's Office


LMTA Member Exclusive NO COST Employee Benefits 
Benefit plans from LMTA Insurance Management!

We are excited to share our partnership with Mengel Financial Group to bring our members our new benefit plans under LMTA Insurance Management!


Since 2005, Mengel Financial Group has been offering Voluntary Employee Benefits to meet the needs of companies and their employees. Mengel Financial Group is committed to providing our members with the best and most affordable group benefits based on their specific needs. Offering Voluntary Employee Benefits strengthens relationships with your employees and improves retention and recruitment. 


All of the benefits are offered at NO COST TO THE EMPLOYER. Mengel Financial Group has partnered with over 20 insurance carriers, which allows us to provide the best and most affordable benefits to satisfy our member's employee’s needs. Many of their benefit offerings are Guaranteed Issue requiring no medical questions or medical exam.


Mengel Financial Group has been saving companies, employees & owner operators money on benefits since 1989, working with the Georgia Motor Transport Association in recent years, providing their members with affordable benefits.


LMTA Insurance Management also has a local benefits specialist in Tiffany VanHazebroeck, located in Mandeville, LA. Tiffany is ready to help our member companies provide their employees with exclusive voluntary benefits!


For more information or inquiries on benefits - please contact Tiffany VanHazebroeck or Ted Mengel whose information is listed in their profiles here.


(678) 977-5175 



(404) 314-6799 



Louisiana Emergency Declaration | Severe Weather

Active December 13, 2022 - January 12, 2023
After a series of deadly storms ripped through the northwest corner of Louisiana Tuesday night, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a State of Emergency. We are incredibly saddened by the devastation and lives impacted by the storms this week and our prayers go out to everyone impacted by these storms.


According to the National Weather Service (NWS), six possible tornadoes struck Caddo, Union, Rapides, Madison, East Carroll and Franklin Parishes. We encourage all to remain safe and vigilant as the weather moves through the area. Below is a list of emergency resources for your convenience.


511 Traveler Information: 
Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information.
Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).



- For the Declaration (183 JBE 2022) 
- For local emergency resources, contact your local Parish OHSEP office.
- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness can be found here: .
- For comprehensive emergency preparedness and response information, visit
- Residents who sustained storm damage can report it, and all related information, at


NOFO Applications Open for Infrastructure Funding Available Through Federal RAISE Grant

The $1.5 Billion RAISE Discretionary Grant Program helps communities build transportation projects with significant local or regional impact and improve safety and equity.


The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.



- Full List of 2022 RAISE-Awarded Projects

- 2022 Reconnecting Communities Program (RCP) Details

 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Application - Due Feb. 28, 2023


RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the State and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, counties, and others to complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects. The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors to obtain funding for projects that are harder to support through other U.S. DOT grant programs.




National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program Requirements and Upcoming Deadlines

LADOTD released their Notice of Intent period yesterday to apply for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program. Here a copy the announcement is available with more details to submit a letter of intent.


The deadline for NOI submissions is December 31, 2022. Anyone interested in applying for the NEVI program must submit a Notice of Intent to qualify for the RFP. More information from LADOTD on the application process will be posted on their website.


If interested in receiving updates from LADOTD in the future, please sign-up on their website through LADOTD-MYDOTD


Louisiana NEVI Workshop and Expo | Jan. 24

From Louisiana Clean Fuels:

LCF invites you to the Louisiana NEVI Workshop and Expo. This LCF Workshop is for all potential applicants who are interested in learning about the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program to build out our EV Charging Corridors. Participation in this event is a great way to meet and network with potential project partners. This event is free and open for all interested stakeholders. 


Background: As of September 15, 2022, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved our state's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan and will allocate approximately $73 million in federal funding to Louisiana over the next five years. These funds will cover 80 percent of the EV infrastructure expenses with a minimum 20 percent non-federal match covered by grant recipients.  To disburse these funds, our state is developing a competitive grant program that allows for a phased approach to the buildout of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) over five years that meets federal requirements of DC Fast Chargers within one mile of designated corridors.  


If your group would like to be a sponsor or a booth, we have some opportunities for that as well. 



January 24, 2023 | 9AM - 4PM



LDEQ Conference Center 
Oliver Pollock Room
602 North 5th Street



Caress VanDuzee 



WEATHER - National Weather Service: No Advisories

Here is an update from our partners at the New Orleans and Baton Rouge NWS.


Main Takeaways:

  • Cooler weather is expected for most of the weekend
  • "Elevated and Significant" Marine Hazards in place for much of the southeastern Gulf Coast of Louisiana


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