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 "The rental boon – both locally and nationally – has been fueled by demographic changes like the growing Millennial population and a rediscovery of metropolitan urban cores."

-Tammy Esponge, association executive of the Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans, regarding a recently released study by the National Multifamily Housing Council and National Apartment Association, which reported that the apartment industry and its residents contributed $2 billion and supported 21,500 jobs in the New Orleans metropolitan area in 2013.


Medical Students Choosing to Stay

Ninety-eight of the 175 graduating LSU medical students who participated in this year’s National Resident Match Program (56 percent) chose to remain in Louisiana to complete their medical training. The LSU Health New Orleans residency programs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Bogalusa matched 207 new residents.

Since national studies have found that a high number of physicians set up their permanent practices in the areas where they completed their residency programs, match results figure prominently in Louisiana’s physician workforce.

In the midst of a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, the good news continues for Louisiana – 57 percent of LSU Health New Orleans medical graduates have chosen to go into primary care.

Downtown NOLA Awards Accepting Applications

On September 18, the 4th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards will celebrate five honorees who have made a positive impact on the Downtown area. Submissions are due by May 31, 2015. For more information, visit

STEDF Announces Workforce Development Series

The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) will host a seven-part series on area workforce development from April through November. All area business leaders are invited to attend.

“We hope this series will increase your knowledge of workforce opportunities, connect you to resources for workforce enhancement and training, and provide insight about the future needs and trends of the workforce in our region,” says Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn, programs manager for STEDF.

All events will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the STEDF conference room. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required and is open in the month prior to each event.

Remaining events include:
    May 19:    Manufacturing

    June 23:    Digital Media

    July 14:    Construction and Coastal Restoration

    Sept. 22:    Energy, Oil and Gas

    Oct. 13:    Education and Training – Jump Start, Two-Year- and Four-Year-Colleges

    Nov. 10:    To be determined

Captain D’s Seeks Louisiana Entrepreneurs

Captain D’s, the leading national fast casual seafood restaurant (ranked by average unit volume), is seeking entrepreneurs in Louisiana to open 10 to 15 restaurants in the greater Baton Rouge area. The company currently has seven restaurants located throughout the state, and is focusing current expansion efforts on the Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Mary and West Baton Rouge parishes.

 Captain D’s closed the year by reporting a 4.1 percent system-wide same-store sales increase, marking the company’s fourth consecutive year of same-store sales growth. According to company figures, new restaurants are averaging $1.6 million in sales.

Graduates from New Orleans Works Medical Assistant Training Program Now Top 150

On March 3, 24 students completed a four-month medical assistant training program provided through a partnership between Ochsner Health System, Delgado Community College, Providence Community Housing and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

With this class, the total number of graduates now tops 150 since the program’s inception two years ago. In addition to providing graduates with jobs upon graduation, the program is unique in that it offers tuition support, as well as help with transportation, daycare, rental assistance and utilities.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, due to the surge of medical care needed to assist a growing number of elderly Americans.

Biz New Orleans Publisher Named Small Business Person of the Year

Todd Matherne, CEO of Renaissance Publishing –  publishers of seven local magazines, including New Orleans Magazine, St. Charles Avenue and Biz New Orleans –  has been named the “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Louisiana Small Business Association. The award ceremony will take place May 5 at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

Local Welder Wins Gold

Metairie resident Waylin Brandon (center) took home the gold in pipe welding March 6 at the Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nearly 200 professionals competed for top honors in 15 competitions across 12 crafts in order to be recognized as top professionals in the construction industry. Brandon is employed by River Construction in Belle Chasse. 

Legacy Kitchen

On April 8, NOHSC Restaurant Groups, creators of Legacy Kitchen, opened the restaurant’s newest location at 700 Tchoupitoulas Street. In addition to enjoying American fare and classic, crafted cocktails, all diners are offered the opportunity to add a donation onto their check to the Better Than Ezra Foundation, which supports music programs in local schools.