Biz New Orleans - January 2023

Biden Announces $5.1M for Louisiana Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. – From the United States Department of Transportation: On Feb. 1, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $800 million in grant awards for 510 projects through the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program, including…

Louisiana Tops $20B in Investment for Second Year

BATON ROUGE – From Louisiana Economic Development: Louisiana leveraged its unique business advantages, sector diversity and support for innovation and climate action to generate $20.7 billion in capital investment and more than 18,000 direct, indirect and retained jobs in 2022.…

Ehrhardt Group Expands to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE — The Ehrhardt Group, a New Orleans-based public relations firm, has opened a second Louisiana office at One American Place in Baton Rouge. “In public relations, we all believe in relationships. We all believe in results. What makes…

Breeze Offers Deals to 11 Destinations from MSY

NEW ORLEANS – Breeze Airways, a low-fare airline with more than 120 nonstop routes, has announced New Orleans sale fares from $39 (fine print applies) for travel between Feb. 3 and Feb. 28. Breeze is offering flights from New Orleans…

Local Software Company Torsh Announces 5 Hires

NEW ORLEANS — Torsh, a New Orleans-based company that provides a professional learning platform for educators, has recently hired five people. These additions to the Torsh team bring the total number of full-time employees to 31. The new Torsh employees…

Biden Announces $60M Mega Grant for I-10 Freight Corridor

NEW YORK – On Jan. 31, President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $60 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation  to make improvements to the I-10 freight corridor in Diamondhead, Mississippi  as part…

Tulane Student’s Cereal Startup Wins Amazon Competition

NEW ORLEANS — Ceres, a plant protein cereal startup co-founded by Tulane MBA student Rich Simmerman, won the national award for Top Physical Consumer Products Startup at the 2022 Amazon Web Services University Startup Competition.  Simmerman and co-founder Branson Morgan…

Acadian Ambulance to Use Gloves Made in Louisiana

BROUSSARD, La.  – Acadian Ambulance has selected SafeSource Direct, a Louisiana-based personal protective equipment manufacturer, to be its preferred provider for American-made chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves. “We’re proud to partner with another Louisiana-based company to provide a supply of high-quality,…

Volunteers of America to Create 2 Youth Programs

NEW ORLEANS — Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana was recently awarded two federal grants focused on children affected by violence in the metropolitan New Orleans area. The first is a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

Louisiana Cancer Research Center Promotes Davisson

NEW ORLEANS — Sven Davisson has been named associate director of administration of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. Since 2015, he has served as chief administrative officer. In his expanded role, Davisson will support the center's director in ensuring that…

LCUL Names Steve Webb Board Chair

NEW ORLEANS – Steve Webb, president and CEO of Neighbors FCU, will serve as the new board chair of the Louisiana Credit Union League. He succeeds Sidney Parfait, former president and CEO and current…

West Bank Business Group Installs 77th President

HARVEY, La. — The Westbank Business & Industry Association, formerly the Harvey Canal Industrial Association, hosted its annual President’s Dinner and Installation of Officers on Jan. 19 at Boomtown Casino New Orleans. The keynote…

Applications Open for Ochsner STAR Summer Scholars Program

NEW ORLEANS – Applications are now open for the Ochsner STAR (Science, Technology, Academic, Research) Summer Scholars Program, Ochsner Health’s legacy high school program created to increase student access to science and academic research in Louisiana. This year, the competitive…