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 "By attempting to use our courts to circumvent the work of DNR (Louisiana Department of Natural Resources) and the administrative enforcement of state law, Gov. Edwards is setting a new precedent, which will have far-reaching implications beyond oil and gas to the entire business community."

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Acting President Gifford Briggs (left) and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association President Chris John (right) in a joint statement in response to 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Enright’s decision to grant a motion for a new trial in the lawsuits involving Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Jefferson Parish and numerous oil-and-gas exploration-and- production companies over alleged violations of coastal use permits.

More than $1 million

—Amount of Disaster Unemployment Assistance that has been provided to Louisiana residents whose jobs were affected by the August flooding in Baton Rouge. The deadline to apply for assistance has passed, but individuals that remain eligible may receive payments until Feb. 18, 2017.


Board and Officers Announced for LIDEA

The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) has elected its board and officers for 2017. Among the goals for the upcoming year, according to President Jerry Bologna, are to “grow membership, increase advocacy and bring greater focus to economic development needs across the state of Louisiana.”

President: Jerry Bologna, CEcD – executive director, Jefferson Economic Development Corp.
Vice President: Michael Tarantino – president/CEO, Iberia Industrial Development Foundation
Secretary: Grady Fitzpatrick – senior vice president, business development, GNO Inc.
Treasurer: Don Allison – partner, Advantous Consulting

Board of Directors:
Frank Fink (past president) – LaCEcD, director of economic development, St. Mary Parish Government
Larry Collins – executive director, Office of International Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
Rhonda Reap-Curiel, CcED – owner, CENCOR
Jim Bourgeois – executive director of Business Development, One Acadiana
Scot Byrd – vice president, business development, BBI Architects
Vic Lafont – president/CEO, South Louisiana Economic Council
Stacey Neal – executive director, Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation
David “Rocky” Rockett – president and executive director,
Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation
Donald Pierson, CEcD (ex-officio) – secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

Humana Grant for Health-Related Nonprofits

Nonprofits in New Orleans and Baton Rouge that promote health education, healthy behaviors and access to health services are invited to apply for a 2017 Humana Foundation grant.

The foundation — which awarded $3.6 million in health-related grants last year, including $1.7 million to programs targeting minorities — has chosen New Orleans and Baton Rouge as two of the eight cities on which it will focus grant making for 2017.

Letters of Intent will be accepted from Dec. 1 to 15, 2016. Selected organizations will be invited to submit online grant applications from Jan. 1 to 31, 2017. Grant announcements will be made next spring.

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Recent Openings

40 Arpent Taproom

Funded in part by the $110,000 prize package 40 Arpent won at the inaugural Startup St. Bernard entrepreneurial pitch competition in 2015, 40 Arpent Brewing Co. in Old Arabi has completed a 1,200-square-foot taproom. Part of the company’s 6,000-square-foot microbrewery, the taproom is now open Thursday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Plans are to eventually add an observation deck.


Hard Rock Construction

A civil contractor in business since 1989, Hard Rock Construction celebrated the opening of its new headquarters Oct. 28 at 1255 Peters Road in Harvey, Louisiana. The new facility includes a 12,000-square-foot administration building and 10,000-square-foot warehouse building. Hard Rock currently employs a staff of 180. Main clients including Louisiana DOTD and parishes including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, East Baton Rouge and Plaquemines.


Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Wellness Center

The 242,000-square-foot Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Wellness Center was dedicated on Oct. 27. A $73 million facility, the center is the first of its kind in the state and focuses on prevention, fitness, education, rehabilitation, and focused sports and wellness services. Its economic impact to the Lafourche Parish and surrounding region is $5.2 million a year.


South Market Sales Gallery

The sales gallery for The Standard at South Market — the fourth addition to the South Market District mixed-use development by The Domain Companies— is now open at 719 O’Keefe Ave. The first of its kind in New Orleans, the gallery features full-size model rooms for the 89 for-sale luxury condominiums that range from one to three bedrooms. The gallery also displays a 3-D model of the project, renderings and a local art collection. 


Coming Soon

VFW Post 8973

This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the New Orleans Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 — one of the fastest-growing posts in the U.S. and only active post in New Orleans — celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 531 Lyons St. facility. Design Management Group is the general contractor for the renovation, which will include replacing more than half of the post’s current structure with modern construction.


VOAGNO Cottages

The Cottages at Mile Branch, the newest housing development by Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans (VOAGNO) designed to serve families and veterans in need, broke ground Nov. 3 at 424 Purslane Drive in Covington. Of the 25 two-, three-, and four-bedroom single-family homes, 13 will be set aside for veterans and their families. Four of those will be ADA compliant to accommodate physically injured veterans. The development will be owned and managed by Renaissance Neighborhood Development, a subsidiary of VOAGNO. 



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