U.S. Assistant Secretary Of Commerce Dr. John Fleming Talks About Economic Development

(BEDFORD) – The United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. John Fleming took time to talk about Economic Development with WBIW on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Fleming will be speaking in Indianapolis this week; during the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference.


U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Dr. John C. Fleming of Minden Louisiana was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and was sworn into office on March 15, 2019.

As head of EDA, Dr. Fleming will be responsible for fulfilling the agency’s mission of leading the federal economic development agenda.

A four-term U.S. Congressman serving Louisiana’s 4th Congressional district from January 2009 to January 2017, Fleming is also a physician, businessman and the former Webster Parish coroner. His public career also includes medical service in the U.S. Navy.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Dr. Fleming served as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overseeing technology modernization efforts.

Dr. Fleming earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi, and his M.D. at the University of Mississippi.

Questions For Dr. Fleming included:

  • How was President’s Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacted Indiana and the nation?

What kind of success have you found in the opportunity zones?

What qualifies an area as an opportunity zone?

How does your agency work with state and local governments to bring investment and opportunity zones into existence?

Can you give us a sneak peek of what you will be talking about in Indianapolis this week?