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Jefferson Parish Online
Jefferson Parish is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned government website. Now live at www.jeffparish.net, the website offers new user-friendly interactive features, new online services, and a distinctly Jefferson Parish design.
Every aspect of the site’s dynamic homepage is structured to easily inform, share, and connect citizens to important information and convenient online services.
New prominently displayed homepage buttons link citizens and visitors directly to real-time updates on local weather and current traffic reports, live streaming video of the Jefferson Parish Government Access Channel, JPTV, and a helpful Service Request section. The Service Request button allows residents to conveniently report issues any time of the day or night, online, such as street light outages, and then track the progress of the requested services through to completion.
News releases and upcoming parish events are streamed directly to the homepage. Meanwhile, the “Important Information” menu immediately links citizens to the site’s most popular pages.
The site navigation structure is simplified with the use of dropdown menus, interior left-side navigation, quick links, and a powerful toolbar. An “I Want To…” option in the main navigation funnels all citizen-focused services into one easy-to-find dropdown menu.
Other useful features found within the site include online payments for water and parish taxes, current job postings, department directories, Council meeting agendas, on-line permit information, and the option to translate the site into multiple languages, including Spanish and Vietnamese, to better serve all Jefferson Parish residents.
Jefferson Parish partnered with Vision Internet on this project utilizing the company’s 16 years of expertise in government website best practices and design. Vision Internet created this industry-leading government content management system. This powerful, yet easy-to-use system allows trained Jefferson Parish employees to quickly add updated, important information to individual department pages, as needed.
Citizens and visitors may access the new website at www.jeffparish.net.
Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll Gala
The Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll Gala presented by the Louisiana Museum Foundation will transport attendees back to the late 1950s with electrifying concerts by two stars from a hit Broadway Musical – Tony Award winning Levi Kreis performing the music of Jerry Lee Lewis and Brandon Bennet – Louisiana native and nationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist – portraying Elvis Presley.
The Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll Gala will feature food by New Orleans’ finest restaurants and specialty 1950s era cocktails, along with an exclusive live auction with fantastic items, such as a Saints VIP Game Day Experience Package.
Additionally, Patron Party attendees will be treated to an exclusive “Legends Cocktail” party where they will have the opportunity to take photos with 1950s era celebrity impersonators, while enjoying live musical performance by Armand St. Martin in the Old U.S. Mint’s state-of-the-art third floor venue.
WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 PM Patron Party
8:00 – 11:00 PM Main Party
WHERE: Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
WHY: The Louisiana Museum Foundation is an independent, charitable nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and generate community support for the programs of the Louisiana State Museum.
HOW: Patron party tickets are available starting at $250 per person for Louisiana Museum Foundation Members and $300 per person for non-members.
Tickets to the main party start at $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Founded in 1981, the Louisiana Museum Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Louisiana’s history and culture by administering gifts, grants and contributions for the Louisiana State Museum, by assisting the Museum in raising funds, and by marketing the Museum’s programs and services.
Anyone mentioning the promo code "Bayoubuzz" can purchase $75 tickets for $50 if they call (504) 558-0493 by noon on Friday they can get this special price.
Tour de Jefferson
METAIRIE, La. – Registration has started for the 6th Annual Tour de Jefferson.
The Tour de Jefferson has become one of the premier cyclist events in the region. Organizers are preparing for 1,000 participants to ride in this year’s race. The route will go from Bayou Segnette State Park to the Town of Jean Lafitte, which begins Sunday, November 4th at 8:30 a.m.
The bike ride consists of three routes; 25 and 35 miles for leisure riders and 50 miles for more seasoned riders. Both offer riders a scenic bike tour though two parks, Bayou Segnette State Park and Jean Lafitte National Park. Riders will bike on paths through southern Jefferson past bayous and moss covered oaks into the town of Lafitte to enjoy a rest stop that includes boiled shrimp, then back to Bayou Segnette State Park where they will enjoy more good food and music. The event will also includes an after party, The Fin du Tour, which will be held at the Wave Pool in Bayou Segnette State Park. Two bands will play, including Neutral Snap from 10:45 - 11:45 and Refuguze from 11:45 - 1:45. This event is held to bring awareness to quality of life issues in Jefferson Parish, with a special emphasis on recreational venues.
Check-in time begins at 7:30 a.m. at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego. The bike ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and riders must finish by 1:30 p.m. Registration costs are $35 per adult and $20 for 17 and under on the day of the race.
Those interested in participating can call Selva Riemann at (504) 835-3880 ext.12 or visit tourdejefferson.org.
The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce has organized the 6th Annual Tour de Jefferson, with major support given by Peake BMW. The bike ride’s primary goal is to enhance the awareness of quality of life amenities and recreational venues in Jefferson Parish with a healthy, fun, family friendly event.
For more information visit tourdejefferson.org
from Louisiana Budget Project
Public approval of Gov. Bobby Jindal is waning, most Louisianans think the state budget has been cut enough, and a plurality of state residents support raising new revenue by eliminating tax exemptions. Those were some of the findings of the Southern Media & Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. The survey found 47 percent support for new revenue, with 35 percent opposed.
Jindal’s political guru, former chief of staff Timmy Teepell, thinks the poll results are skewed.
The House and Senate tax committees cleared the way for new business tax breaks to take effect by approving the administrative rules that will govern them. The new law allows the state Department of Economic Development to offer rebates for payroll, moving expenses and income taxes for companies seeking to relocate to Louisiana.
As Louisiana’s debate over tax breaks starts to heat up, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy has outlined five steps that states can take to ensure that tax exemptions are working as intended. The list includes a simple idea: Require each tax exemption to include a specific, detailed explanation of what it is designed to achieve.
The Revenue Study Commission continued its review of state tax breaks by looking at the tax exemptions for the alcohol industry.
Two education policy groups want a bigger voice in the state’s overhaul of pre-kindergarten programs.
The giant ThyssenKrupp steel mill that Louisiana tried to lure in 2007 with $2 billion in state incentives—only to lose out to Alabama—is now up for sale after the German steelmaker lost a bundle of money.
Clarification: The Sept. 28 Daily Dime incorrectly reported that Louisiana Chemical Association President Dan Borne failed to mention tax reform in his remarks to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. We regret the error.
From New Orleans Agenda:Chevron
Yestrerday as part of the "Flip the Script" campaign launch, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City has created a NOLA FOR LIFE Fund housed at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The City of New Orleans will match the tax-deductible donations to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. At the launch event, Mayor Landrieu accepted the first major donation to the fund - a $1 million gift from Chevron.
"To end the cycle of violence and death on the streets of New Orleans, we must have all hands on deck," said Mayor Landrieu. "Though we are not all at fault, we all have a responsibility to do more. Some need to take greater personal responsibility. For some of us, that means volunteering. For others, we can proactively invest in the lives of youths that are looking to turn their lives around. This fund will support those efforts."
He continued, "Chevron is stepping up in a major way. Their contribution of $1 million will really help flip the script and will help many young men turn their lives around. I want to thank Chevron for their powerful commitment to this community."
Warner Williams, Vice President of Chevron's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, presented Mayor Landrieu with Chevron's donation.
"Chevron is pleased to support NOLA for Life through investments in education and job creation. We believe in the power of partnership and collaboration to achieve sustainable outcomes. So, we are pleased to build on our existing programs in this region by working together with Mayor Landrieu, Spike Lee, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Urban League and the countless nonprofit and community organizations on this ambitions effort to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of New Orleans," said Williams.
Dr. Albert Ruesga, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, said, "We are pleased to be in partnership with the City of New Orleans to implement the NOLA for Life initiative that has the potential to not only transform the lives of those most directly impacted, but to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community."
The NOLA FOR LIFE Fund will support the efforts of high-quality, local service providers and of individuals who've chosen to flip their script on their futures. Donors can choose how their donations get spent, from educational programs and job training to substance abuse programs and safe housing. Individuals wishing to donate to the fund can find a link at http://nolaforlife.org.
Highlighting the importance of public-private partnerships and the significance of leveraging City resources with private funds, grants, and other funding opportunities, the Landrieu Administration also announced commitments from a number of local entrepreneurs to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund.
New Orleans artist and jewelry designer Mignon Faget has designed a provocative collection to benefit the Fund and raise awareness to stop gun violence in the City. The collection includes a gun pin designed to be worn on a black ribbon in the tradition of mourning jewelry and a graphic gun motif scarf that proclaims "Stop the Shooting." The collection is available in Mignon Faget stores and online at www.mignonfaget.com.
"My collection is bold, powerful and to the point. It acknowledges New Orleans' epidemic while supporting and encouraging the widespread efforts to curb the violence," Faget said.
Fleurty Girl owner Lauren Thom, who has a New Orleans-inspired line of t-shirts, accessories and other locally made goods, has also committed to design, produce and sell shirts inspired by the Flip the Script campaign. A portion of sales will benefit the NOLA for LIFE Fund.
Dwayne Bernal, owner and president of Royal Engineers & Consultants, commissioned local designer Ayo Scott of Noyo Designs to create another NOLA FOR LIFE t-shirt for sale online and at special events. A portion of the proceeds will go to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund. Bernal also commissioned local artist Kenneth Scott to create a NOLA FOR LIFE mural that will be co-created with community members to give young people the opportunity to express their creativity and to put their own signature on their neighborhoods.
World Trade Center
October 11 – November 15: International Trade Certificate
Seven session course to become an expert importer or exporter of products and services. This course is designed for new or established companies.
October 11, 2012 – Introduction to the Export Process
The export process as an introduction to the seminar series, advantages and disadvantages of exporting, Export Readiness Assessment, how to identify potential countries
October 18, 2012- International Market Research
What is the goal, market data and information that is necessary to select a market and to evaluate it. Sources of data, such as the United States Department of Commerce, available to research markets and to create a model to select a market
October 25, 2012- International Market Strategies
Market entry strategies available to exporters, adaptation of products to meet foreign markets requirements
November 1, 2012- International methods of payment and export financing programs from the Small Business Administration and the Export Import Bank
How to get payments from foreign clients, factors to be considered when selecting a method of payment, how to protect your foreign account receivables, how to determine your export financing needs and what are the different sources of financing for exports.
November 8, 2012- Logistics, Transportation and Documentation
Logistics for international distribution, International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS), intermodal transportation & documents needed to export/import into the U.S.
November 15, 2012- Legal of aspects of doing business internationally & Global Online Strategies
Laws that govern distribution and sales contracts in Louisiana and internationally; How to market your products and services on the global market through the internet and how to build a successful web page
* Session dates and speakers subject to change.
Fresh and Healthy Kitchen: VOA
New Orleans, LA (October 2, 2012) – Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans today announced the renovation of the Centennial Cotton Press building, which will house the nonprofit’s newest venture, the Fresh and Healthy Kitchen and commercial spaces, and the adjacent Lykes Steamship building, which will be converted to rental apartments. Volunteers of America described plans for the state-of-the-art complex during today’s groundbreaking at 1770 Tchoupitoulas St.
This initiative supports local economic development; invests in the Tchoupitoulas corridor revitalization; supports local and state industry sectors; spurs long term job creation; and creates lifestyle changes consistent with the mission of Volunteers of America.
Fresh and Healthy Food/Job Training
The program initially plans to contract with local schools to deliver wholesome school lunches and snacks, giving schools the opportunity to provide fresh foods. Plans may also include an urban garden.
Meals will be prepared by members of the culinary arts training program that will operate in conjunction with the Fresh and Healthy Kitchen. Volunteers of America plans to employ more than 125 trainees in the program, including veterans served by its Veterans Transitional Housing program. Participants will be educated in culinary arts and food service to prepare for new careers in the hospitality industry.
“Good food is such a vital part of our culture in New Orleans,” said Volunteers of America President and CEO Jim LeBlanc. “We want to make sure children get fresh, nutritious food. Our goal is to use this program to meet critical community needs such as fighting childhood obesity and job training for the unemployed.”
In addition to the fresh food commercial kitchen, apartments in the Lykes Steamship building will provide 52 unique apartments in a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom units, geared for residents who work in downtown New Orleans. The apartments are being built in accordance with both Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and U.S. Green Building Council LEED Homes standards.
This development is part of a larger mission by Volunteers of America to create 1,050 housing units for working families to replace the homes lost to Hurricane Katrina.
Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. and Volunteers of America National Services raised $18.5 million of public and private financing through the New Markets Tax Credit Program to fund the development. U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, the community investment subsidiary of U.S. Bank, provided more than $7.9 million of New Markets and Historic Tax Credit equity. A $3.2 million permanent loan, as well as bridge financing, was provided by Iberia Bank. The balance of project costs were funded by a $2.5 million loan and $1 million grant from the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development, $2.6 million in state historic tax credit proceeds from Tax Credit Capital, LLC, as well as private grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Methodist Health Foundation and the Entergy Charitable Foundation.
“This project will have it all -- affordable and attractive housing, fresh and healthy meals, job training in a high-demand industry, retail and warehouse space, all of which will contribute to the ongoing economic recovery of the area,” said Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development.
As cited by The Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism, the 1700 block of Tchoupitoulas was originally developed in 1857 as a processing facility for the thriving cotton industry, and the Centennial Cotton Press Building was constructed between 1885 and 1895. The area saw expansion in the mid-twentieth century as the Port of New Orleans experienced a commercial resurgence. The Lykes Steamship Company operated on the site since 1937, and constructed its office building in 1949. As part of this development, the entire block has been designated the Lykes Steamship Historic District by the National Park Service.
Fresh and Healthy Food and residential housing is a partnership with the Renaissance Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation (RDNC), a subsidiary of Volunteers of America. The Kitchen plans to begin serving schools for the fall 2013 semester.
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men returning from prison, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
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