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Delgado Maritime Training Facility Awarded $850,000 Federal Grant

The Delgado Community College Maritime and Industrial Training Facility in New Orleans East has been awarded an $850,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will be matched with over $264,000 in local funds and is expected to create 100 jobs, according to the EDA. Delgado’s facility will train new deckhands in preparation for entry into the inland water transportation industry.

 

RANKINGS

New Orleans Grabs Three No. 1 Rankings from Southern Living

In its April issue,Southern Living magazine announced the winners of
its fourth annual South’s Best Awards, recognizing readers’ favorite Southern destinations and experiences, covering everything from hotels and restaurants to cities, small towns, and shopping. New Orleans garnered 10 accolades across top 10 lists, including three No. 1 wins.

#1 Best Food City: New Orleans

#1 Best BBQ Joint in Louisiana: The Joint

#1 Best Classic Restaurant: Commander’s Palace

OTHER TOP RANKINGS INCLUDED:

#3 Best New Restaurant: The Elysian Bar

#3 Best Dive Bar: Port of Call

#4 Best City Overall: New Orleans

#4 Best Historic Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

#5 Best Bar: Saint-Germain

#9 Best Garden Shop: The Plant Gallery

#9 Best Local Restaurant: Coquette

To view the complete list, visit SouthernLiving.com/souths-best

 

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Port of South Louisiana Receives $13.4 Million Grant

At a ceremony held Feb. 21 at Globalplex’s Guesthouse, U.S. Maritime Administrator Admiral Mark H. Buzby, along with Senator Bill Cassidy and Representative Garret Graves, formally presented a check for $13.4 million to Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin, a grant approved through the new U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development (PID) program for a Multi-Modal Connections project at Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. Globalplex’s infrastructure and cargo has quadrupled since 2007. The improvement project, which was also awarded funds from Louisiana’s Capital Outlay program, will include a new heavy capacity dock access bridge, an access road, a rail spur and a dry storage area with conveyors to move bulk material.

 

WAGES

Only 2.2% of New Orleans Workers Make Six Figures

Researchers at Volusion analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and found the following for the New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana metro:

2.2% Share of employment in six-figure occupations

5.5% Percent change in six-figure employment (2015-2018)

11,530Total employment in six-figure occupations

$34,020Median annual wage across all occupations

Most over- indexed six-figure occupation: petroleum engineers

Highest-paying six-figure occupations: chief executives, anesthesiologists, internists and surgeons

 

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The Jefferson Chamber is thrilled to partner with The U.S. Chamber to welcome hundreds of owners of small and growing businesses to the CO- New Orleans, LA forum, an event that brings new skills, insight and actionable advice to business owners. Our event will feature structured networking opportunities, inspirational business success stories, and how-to presentations focusing on specific business skills.

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce President Todd Murphy. CO-New Orleans will take place at Pythian Market (234 Loyola Ave.) on Wednesday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. General admission is $50.

 

Convention Center and Urban League Launch New Small Business Awards — Submissions Due by April 17

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Urban League of Louisiana have announced the launch of the Ernest N. Morial Small Business of the Year Award and the Ernest N. Morial Corporation of the Year Award to honor the legacy former mayor and civil rights activist Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial. The awards will recognize a small business and a corporation that continue to demonstrate innovative growth and economic impact, as well as exceptional contributions to the sustainability and growth of local communities and small businesses across the state of Louisiana.

For eligibility criteria and nomination requirements, visit morialaward.com. Submissions are due Friday, April 17, by 5 p.m. Award honorees will be named at the Urban League of Louisiana’s annual gala on June 27, 2020.