Author: Misty Milioto

Robichaux and the River

After a nationwide search, Jay Robichaux has filled the role of executive director of the River Parishes Tourist Commission following longtime director Buddy Boe’s departure in June. In this role, Robichaux is responsible for leading a team of tourism professionals…

A Community United

Before, during and after Hurricane Ida—one of the most damaging hurricanes to ever make landfall in Louisiana—businesses and organizations throughout the River Parishes banded together to support the community with vital resources. As gas and supplies dwindled, Greenfield Louisiana stepped…

On the Mend

Operations have resumed at the Port of South Louisiana following the impact of Hurricane Ida, yet efforts to assess property damages, to form long-term recovery plans and to mend disrupted supply chains continue. The storm caused extended closures of grain…

Economics & Coastal Restoration

Along with the many benefits that come with a coastal environment—vibrant wildlife, fresh seafood and accessible waterways—there are distinct challenges that emerge in coastal settings including land loss, flooding and water management. The effects of land erosion can be seen…

The Chamber’s Guiding Light

When Mayra Pineda took on the role of President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) in 2014, she did so with the mission of paving pathways to success for underserved communities. “It is important to…

The Business of Brewing

When Valentine Merz opened Dixie Brewing in 1907, he could not have known that what started as an infant brewery on the corner of Tulane Avenue and Tonti Street would become an 85,000-square-foot, 100-barrel brewhouse with a taproom and kitchen,…

Royal Brewery

It was the mid-1990’s when, between jobs in commercial photography, film and television, Raymond Pumilia began brewing beer as a hobby.  He enjoyed it, and the hobby stuck. Then came the day 15 years later when Raymond and his wife,…

Crown on Top

An area so abundant with beverage manufacturing would be incomplete without reliable and efficient means of distribution, so it’s fortunate that Eastern New Orleans is also home to Crescent Crown Distributing, a company that operates alongside and in partnership with…

Cajun Fire Brewing Co.

Jon Renthrope, CEO and brewmaster at Cajun Fire Brewing Co., has always had the goal of brewing beer for socio-economic change. As a member of the United Nation of Houma Indians, Renthrope created the company out of a lack of…

Women Leaders of the River Region

The River Region is abundant with leaders, thinkers and innovators who are both driving industry forward and nurturing new generations of our skilled workforce. In this issue of Port Log, we’re highlighting some of the women who inspire us to…

Client Focused, Goal Oriented

Miriam Brown, owner of Brown Tax Services, Inc., earned an accounting degree in Honduras in 1975 and later continued her studies at the University of New Orleans. She first started her tax and accounting company on a part-time basis in…

Elevated Scenery

Raul and Lesly Castro founded Sun Tropic Landscape in February 1994 as a way to bring in extra income. At that time, they opened a garden center in Gretna that they ran…

Capital Cuisine

Leslie and Israel Curiel dreamed of opening a Mexican restaurant for many years, but the road wasn’t always easy. They started their journey in 2006 working 12-hour shifts at Leslie’s mother’s Chilangos…

Partnering for Preparedness

When the Port of South Louisiana hosted the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) during the first week of March, aiming to discuss global partnerships that would bolster the economy in times of need, they had no idea how…

Sky-High Sights

The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS), which serves as the aerial gateway to the largest tonnage port in the western hemisphere, recently welcomed Let’s Go Fly Academy to its facilities. The airport services business and corporate jets,…

Crystal Clear

During Hurricane Katrina, when floodwaters inundated New Orleans, the Baumer Foods, Inc., headquarters in Mid-City suffered massive devastation. The company — known for its Crystal Pure Louisiana Hot Sauce — relocated its manufacturing facilities…

Supplying The Soybean

U.S. agriculture is heavily dependent upon a number of transportation modes, including inland waterways and ports, to supply customer demands. In order to ensure a cost effective and…

Charting a Course

Growing up in New Orleans and Mandeville, Clare Redmann — the first female bar pilot for Associated Branch Pilots — realized that Louisiana’s rivers, bayous and lakes had a lot to offer. She fell in the love with boating, fishing…

Water Works

Dubuque, Iowa-based RiverWorks Discovery is a river industry-supported education program whose mission is to educate communities about the commerce, culture, conservation and careers of America’s working rivers. The program, started by AEP River Operations in 2006 and gifted to the…

Seed for Growth

When Stephanie Chambliss and Elwood McCoy, co-owners of PJ’s Coffee on Read Boulevard, decided to open their coffee shop in May, it…

Community Care

Pictured is Jamie Crawford, who has lived in New Orleans East with her son for six years. She moved to Versailles Garden when she was having her first child and said it has been a perfect…

Cultivating Connections

Pictured is community activist and musician Luther Gray with his grandson, August Gray Winchester. He and his family have enjoyed life in the Huntington Park neighborhood since 1994. Gray is a strong supporter of the arts…

Elevated Education

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce recently collaborated with students at St. Martin’s Episcopal School to create custom gift boxes for each of its major investors. The partnership came about when Todd Murphy, president of the Chamber, and Alex Zarookian, director…

Symbol of Pride

The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals recently debuted a new flag to represent Metairie in a project spearheaded by Jeffrey Simno, Jefferson Parish Council Aide, District 5. The design process, which took almost two years, resulted in a blue and red…

Fueling Growth

Linde, a leading industrial gases and engineering company based in the United Kingdom, will begin construction on a $250 million world-scale hydrogen plant in St. James Parish late this year.…

Improving the Future of Louisiana

Pictured at a recent Committee of 100 event is (standing) Governor John Bel Edwards, Executive Director Paul Aucoin, (seated) Port Commissioner Joey Murray, Port Commission Chairman Paul Robichaux, Michelle Citron, Dynamic Industries, Marissa Lingoni, Providence Engineers;…