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Louisiana Organizations: Key to the Cure, GNO Inc, BRAC, Ghoulwill Ball and LWV

lafayette louisianaToday's Louisiana Organizations report is a mixture of fundraising and politics.

Our focus is the Key to the Cure, Lafayette Chamber, League of Women's Voters, IABC, GNO Inc., Lafayette chamber and the Ghoulwill Ball...now, press releases please:

Key to the Cure

Annual Key to the Cure. Key to the Cure 2011 is a four-day charity shopping weekend during which 2 percent of sales at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans will be donated to the cancer research programs of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. The “Key to the Cure Kickoff Gala” will take place Wednesday, October 17, followed by a weekend of charity shopping. The gala will feature local cuisine; beverages compliments of Republic National Distributing Co.; and New Orleans-style entertainment on every level. Complimentary parking is offered on the night of the gala.

Baton Rouge League of Women Voters: Louisiana Supreme Court
Lunch With the League
WHERE? at Drusilla Seafood,
3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
WHEN? October 18, 2012 Networking: 11:30 a.m. Program at Noon
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Your menu item will be selected when you arrive

Please make your reservations TODAY!
Last minute Walk-ins will be seated AFTER the confirmed reservations
Candidate forum for Associate Justice Supreme Court, 5th Supreme Court District

Candidates Are:
• John Michael Guidry
• Toni Manning Higginbotham
• Jeff Hughes
• Timothy E. _Tim_ Kelley
• William _Bill_ Morvant
• Mary Olive Pierson
• Jeffry Lamonte Sanford
• Jewel E. _Duke_ Welch
Tickets are $25.00 per person.
LWVBR Members receive a 20% member discount.

Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online with a credit card at WWW.LWVBR.ORG/LWL.html
and clicking on "Pay for Lunch Here" Reservations may be made by calling (225) 927-2255
or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cash or checks ONLY are accepted at the door.
Informed and involved, we can make a difference.
FOR MEMBERSHIP FORMS OR TO UPDATE YOUR PROFILE:
Membership Application

IABC

Join IABC New Orleans next Wednesday, Oct. 24 for our monthly professional development luncheon. You'll have the opportunity to network with other professional communicators, enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, and learn something new.
Wednesday at the Square is a free, 12-week-long spring concert series with food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council. Supported by multiple sponsorships and vendors, the YLC has grown the event to include an Artists Village, where artists showcase handcrafted items including glass art, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs.
Amy Boyle Collins, YLC Executive Director, and Warren Surcouf, Event Chairperson, will share the communications, marketing and event planning details of Wednesday in the Square.
You'll learn:

 How they planned and promoted the event
 How they managed the communications aspects
 Details about their event planning and execution
 How they use media relations and social media to promote the event
 Lessons learned
Amy and Warren will also take questions from attendees.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. - Networking
Noon - Presentation and lunch
Location: Twist at Mike's on the Avenue, 628 St. Charles Ave.
Parking: Central Parking has a public parking lot 1/2 block away on St Charles Avenue by Le Chat Noir for $6 or street parking around Lafayette Square.
Cost: Members $30, Non-members $35, Students $25
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or register here using PayPal.
The YLC (Young Leadership Council), which is the oldest, independent young professionals' organization in the country, recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans and develops young leaders through volunteer-created community projects. Since its founding in 1986, the YLC has raised more than $25 million for the community.

GNO Inc.  

Constitutional Amendment No. 8 Means Job Growth
NEW ORLEANS -- Greater New Orleans, Inc. supports a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that will help create quality new jobs in Louisiana. Proposed Amendment No. 8 will encourage businesses to invest in Louisiana by providing a partial property tax exemption to competitive projects in certain target industries – projects Louisiana currently is losing because our tax environment is not competitive with other states for projects in these industries. The exemption will be offered only in parishes that elect to participate in the program.

To bring the amendment to the ballot, the Legislature approved the Property Tax Exemption for Competitive Projects earlier this year, and Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the new legislation, Act 871, into law. Now, Louisiana voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to make this amendment a permanent part of our state’s constitution.

Act 871 will enable Louisiana to land major job-producing investments we’re not currently getting. Large data centers, multi-state distribution facilities, and large corporate headquarters facilities are examples of the kind of job-creating employers we will be able to more effectively recruit to Louisiana with this incentive. These projects will provide new, high-paying jobs for years to come.

While the Tax Foundation previously determined that Louisiana ranks very well for state/local tax burdens for new manufacturing projects, our state ranks relatively poorly for capital-intensive, non-manufacturing projects. For a new, multi-state distribution center, Louisiana has the second-highest state/local tax burden of 12 Southern states. Proposed Amendment No. 8 would put participating parishes in a much more competitive position to compete for high-quality, capital-intensive, non-manufacturing projects.

Parishes and cities will have a voice in choosing whether to provide this parish-wide incentive. For a parish to participate, five local entities must all opt into the program: parish government, municipal governments (any that levy a property tax), the sheriff, school board(s) and the parish assessor. Parishes later would be able to opt out, should they choose to do so, with only previously approved projects continuing to receive the incentive.

This amendment also will boost tax revenue for local parishes, cities, and schools. The first $10 million or 10 percent of market value, whichever is greater, will be taxed normally on all eligible projects that receive this exemption. The remaining capital investment will be tax-exempt for a maximum of 10 years. The incentive will be available only to projects that will derive the majority of their revenues from out-of-state customers, ensuring that we will not be providing this incentive to businesses that would have located here anyway.

According to Southern Business & Development, Louisiana has secured more significant business development projects per capita than any other Southern state for the last four years in a row. However, we haven’t been successful in attracting the kinds of projects targeted by this proposed incentive program because our state/local tax burdens for these types of projects are well above the national and Southern averages. This targeted incentive will help level the playing field.

No current taxes would be removed from property rolls, and new projects would be required to make a capital investment of at least $25 million and to create at least 50 new direct jobs in Louisiana to qualify for this incentive.

“Greater New Orleans, Inc. supports this proposed constitutional amendment because it will make us more economically competitive, while providing individual parishes control and flexibility," said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. urges voters to join us Nov. 6 by supporting Proposed Amendment No. 8. Doing so means we will be able to build a better, more prosperous Louisiana — a state our children and grandchildren will be proud to call home.

BRAC and Constitutional Amendment


Baton Rouge, La. (October 17, 2012) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) encourages voters to support a constitutional amendment on the November 6 ballot that will help create quality new jobs in Louisiana. Proposed amendment number eight will encourage businesses to invest in Louisiana by providing a partial property tax exemption to competitive projects in certain target industries, projects Louisiana currently is losing because its tax environment is not competitive with other states for projects in these industries. The exemption will be offered only in parishes that elect to participate in the program.

“BRAC supports this constitutional amendment because it will give Louisiana an important incentive for securing jobs in the Baton Rouge area and for all the regions across Louisiana,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “Amendment 8 is good for economic development.”

To bring the amendment to the ballot, the Louisiana Legislature approved the Property Tax Exemption for Competitive Projects earlier this year, and Governor Bobby Jindal signed the new legislation, Act 871, into law. Now, Louisiana voters will decide on November 6 whether to make this amendment a permanent part of the state’s constitution.
Act 871 will enable Louisiana to land major job-producing investments it is not currently getting. Large data centers, multi-state distribution facilities, and large corporate headquarters facilities are examples of the kind of job-creating employers the state will be able to more effectively recruit to Louisiana with this incentive. These projects will provide new, high-paying jobs for the workforce for years to come.

While the Tax Foundation previously determined that Louisiana ranks very well for state/local tax burdens for new manufacturing projects, the state ranks relatively poorly for capital-intensive, non-manufacturing projects. For a new, multistate distribution center, Louisiana has the second-highest state/local tax burden of twelve Southern states. Proposed amendment number eight would put participating parishes in a much more competitive position to compete for high-quality, capital-intensive, non-manufacturing projects.

Parishes and cities will have a voice in choosing whether to provide this parishwide incentive. For a parish to participate, five local entities must all opt into the program: parish government, municipal governments (any that levy a property tax), the sheriff, school board(s), and the parish assessor. Parishes later would be able to opt out, should they choose to do so, with only previously approved projects continuing to receive the incentive.

This amendment will also boost tax revenue for local parishes, cities, and schools. The first $10 million or 10 percent of market value, whichever is greater, will be taxed normally on all eligible projects that receive this exemption. The remaining capital investment will be tax-exempt for a maximum of ten years. The incentive will be available only to projects that will derive the majority of their revenues from out-of-state customers, ensuring that Louisiana will not be providing this incentive to businesses that would have located here anyway.

According to Southern Business & Development magazine, Louisiana has secured more significant business development projects per capita than any other Southern state for the last four years in a row. However, the state hasn’t been successful in attracting the kinds of projects targeted by this proposed incentive program because our state/local tax burdens for these types of projects are well above the national and Southern averages. This targeted incentive will help level the playing field.

No current taxes would be removed from property rolls, and new projects would be required to make a capital investment of at least $25 million and to create at least fifty new direct jobs in Louisiana to qualify for this incentive.

BRAC urges voters to support proposed amendment number eight on November 6. Doing so means a better, more prosperous Louisiana.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, the Creative Capital of the South. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s investors includes more than 1,200 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the workforce.

Lafayette Chamber

Join us at the LUS Fiber/LUS Customer Service Center for October's Business After Hours.

LUS Fiber Broadband for Business.

Uniquely tailored to fit and enhance the telecommunications spectrum
of your Lafayette business - like our Gigabit service (1000 Mbps), business
phone or hospitality video product.

Come by this month's Business After Hours at our Pinhook location for food, drinks and fun.

Catering provided by Chef Remy.

Sponsored By:





When:
Wednesday,
October 17, 2012
5 - 7 p.m.

Where:
LUS Fiber
1875 W. Pinhook Rd. Suite B
Lafayette, LA 70508
Click here for more details.
Admission Fee
$2 for Members
$5 for General Admission

Inaugural Ghoulwill Ball This Saturday Night at Generations Hall

Scare-raising Fun and Funds for a Worthy Cause

Proceeds from this “Must Boo” Halloween Event to Benefit
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc.


WHAT: Ghoulwill Ball 2012…a spooktacular fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. is hosting its first Ghoulwill Ball that is sure to become the newest “Must Boo” Halloween tradition in New Orleans. This costumed, Halloween affair will include a costume contest with celebrity judges, live music by Stooges Brass Band, delicious food from popular area restaurants, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Roaming entertainers, including palm readers, magicians, and more will add to the evening’s spooky good fun. Proceeds from the Ghoulwill Ball will benefit Goodwill’s employment, training and education services for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive (in the Warehouse District near
the Convention Center)

TIX/INFO: Tickets are $100 and are available online at: www.goodwillno.org/ghoulwillball or by calling, 504-456-3926.

A $50 reduced rate for young leadership professionals and Goodwill employees is also available by purchasing online or at the door using the promo code: YLCYP, or by contacting Sabrina Written directly at 456-3926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WHY: “Through its services and programs throughout the year, Goodwill finds ways to support those in our community who are most in need of a hand up, not a hand out. With the creation of the Ghoulwill Ball, we hope to raise substantial funds annually, while offering a fun way for those in our community to lend their support,” says William Jessee, president, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana.

In addition to supporting the Ghoulwill Ball, there are many ways the community can help Goodwill year round, including donating gently used items to Goodwill’s stores, which helps to support programs such as youth mentoring and a certified culinary arts training program that helps employ and feed individuals who are homeless and living in transitional housing.

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