"The tsunami of new taxes on employers enacted in the last several months have signaled a significant change in Louisiana’s business climate, a change that will negatively impact investment in new businesses, expansions of existing businesses and job growth."
—Dan S. Borné, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on July 20.
STEM Wages in St. Tammany Doubled Over 10 Years
Wages in professional, technical and scientific fields in St. Tammany Parish:
2005: $137.76 million
2015: $295.26 million (114.3% increase)
Total wages in the parish
2005: $2 billion
2015: more than $3.8 billion (85% increase)
Number of businesses in the parish
2015: 7,802 (24.6% increase)
Source: St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation’s (STEDF) annual summary of local economic data for the past decade. To view the complete summary, visit stedf.org/10year.htm.
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New Machine for UNO’s Health Science Learning Lab
The growing human performance and health promotion program at UNO recently received a $75,495 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents that will be used to purchase a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry machine — a tool used to measure bone density useful for those studying osteoporosis and obesity in high-demand fields like physical therapy and athletic training. UNO will be the only public institution in the area with such a machine.
UMC Celebrates First Anniversary
August 1 marked one year since the opening of University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans. Shown below is the hospital’s first year by the numbers.
Tulane Neuroscience Center
July 5 — Patients with brain, spine and nervous system disorders can now receive care on the fifth floor of the Tulane Medical Center (1415 Tulane Ave.) at the Tulane Health System Neuroscience Center.
Tulane Multispecialty Clinic Northshore
July 11 — The newest Tulane Multispecialty Clinic opened at 1305 West Causeway Approach in Mandeville. The clinic offers access to pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric nephrology and pediatric pulmonology services.
Med Vet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets
July 18 — MedVet New Orleans and MedVet Southeast joined forces to open a 22,500-square-foot facility dedicated to around-the-clock emergency veterinary care for dogs and cats at 2315 N. Causeway Blvd., in Metairie.
Tulane Medical-Surgical Unit
August 8 — Tulane Medical Center celebrated the opening of the newly renovated 7 East medical surgical unit. The opening marks the completion of the first phase of a year-long construction project to renovate and improve several areas of the downtown campus.
Lafitte’s Landing Seafood House
August 9 — Lafitte’s Landing Seafood House opened at 1700 Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey. It is the newest restaurant from New Orleans restaurateurs AJ and Anna Tusa.
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