NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Everyone loves a good comeback story. The Louisiana Economic Development wants to persuade people whose hearts are in Louisiana to come home.
"I'm originally from a small town called Church Point, Louisiana and I had to leave the state to chase my dream of working in the video game industry," says Jessie Matte of Gameloft. Like Matte, each year people leave Louisiana to find work, but a new state campaign called, "Come Home, Louisiana," is connecting those people to jobs right here.
"I was able to make my way across the country and then back to Louisiana which is fantastic, my family is only two and a half hours away, I don't have to hop on a plane for the holidays I can drive," Matte said.
"Come Home, Louisiana" is designed to attract those who left Louisiana and those who love Louisiana by showing them the growing opportunities in their old backyard.
"We love the idea because so many people come through our store and shop on our site who are these ex-pats who left town and who have come back and we're always hearing their stories about being back in town," says Blake Haney, Owner of Dirty Coast Press.
"People who have moved to California, who have moved to Florida, have moved to Canada to be in gaming, to be in film, these opportunities are here now," says Matte.
It's not just about jobs it's about working where you love to live, and living where you love to call home.
"There's something about having someone come back and be part of the community where they already have roots because it's such a unique culture our food, our music, essentially how we operate, how we handle communicating with our neighbors and our friends... and the fact that you grew up with that and you can have that while having a great job I mean, who wouldn't want that?" says Haney.
Who says you can't go home again? Consider this your invitation.