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Friday, 18 November 2011 12:46
Louisiana Business:Senate Appropriations, Smoke Free Hospitals, GNO Inc,, BRAC, LSUHSC
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United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La , a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations has announced that the US Senate has approved measures that help fund funding for transit projects, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and smart growth initiatives, as well as improvements to the Rural Development Community Facility loan program.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill

This legislation provides $500 million in funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program. These funds can be used for all types of infrastructure projects, including investments in high-speed rail, a major priority of Sen. Landrieu’s.

The bill also provides funding for many key programs that further the Senator’s commitment to Smart Growth Initiatives including:

An additional $100 million for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. 

$120 million for the HUD CHOICE Neighborhoods Initiative that helps public housing authorities demolish obsolete or failed developments.

$35 million for the Capacity Building for the Community Development program.

$50 million for the Transformation Initiative Fund (TI), which can be used as an alternative to Sustainable Communities program for smart growth activities.

Agriculture, Rural Development and the Food and Drug Administration appropriations bill

Sen. Landrieu secured language to allow projects involving wetlands to qualify for USDA Rural Development Community Facility loans.

Sen. Landrieu successfully:

Secured $2.9 million for the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to administer Rural Community Advancement Program (RCAP) Grants. 

Restored more than $1 million for NIFA research funds that had been cut in the House.

EJGH and WJMC Announce Facilities Will Be Tobacco-Free

In helping to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) and West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), starting February 12, 2012, will be 100% tobacco-free.

 This means there will no longer be any smoking allowed on-campus.  The existing designated smoking areas at both hospitals will be removed.

Economic Development

In early October, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development, the Port of New Orleans, the Port of South Louisiana, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, and the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., executed a public-private business development mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Matt Rookard, Senior Vice President of Business Development at GNO, Inc., and Iain Vasey, Executive Director of Business Development for BRAC, represented their respective organizations on the mission.  BRAC and GNO, Inc. met with companies in a variety of industries, including chemicals, electronics, engineering services, food processing, minerals processing, and oil and gas.

“The Baton Rouge area must continue to compete globally for business investment.  The recent work in Brazil created direct opportunities for potential deal flow to the region,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of BRAC.

Founded in May 2009, the Southeast Super-Region Committee (SRC) is a joint venture between BRAC and GNO, Inc.  The organization focuses on economic development projects which benefit the nineteen-parish area served by the two agencies.  The market mission to Brazil is an initiative within SRC’s international trade business development strategy.


The Louisiana Tumor Registry at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health is one of four cancer registries in the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program earning a 2011 First Place Data Quality Profile Award. The SEER Program is the most authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.

            The SEER Program evaluates the quality of data from each registry every year. Last year 16 measures were selected for evaluation, including the estimate completeness of cases (for computing incidence rate), percent unknown or missing for key demographic and tumor variables, and follow-up rates (for calculating survival). Of the 17 SEER registries in the United States, only 4 met all 16 data quality goals set by the National Cancer Institute.

            This is the third time LSUHSC’s Louisiana Tumor Registry has earned a First Place Award and the second consecutive year. 

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