After watching the video, click here
Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:47
Louisiana Business: Charter School Webinar, Jazz Fest Grants, Bronze Quill, New Orleans Hotels
Written by 

louisianaCharter School Webinar
The Orleans arish School Board will host a free webinar for those interested in responding to the recently released charter school Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA, titled “Call for Quality Schools,” is open to all qualified operators interested in opening one or more new Type 1 charter schools, beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. The brief webinar will provide an overview of the application process and a demonstration of the Review Room online application submission system. A longer webinar in late June or early July will cover the elements of the application and overview the evaluation process.  The event is une 5 from 11:30 to 12pm. 

  Visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/300576326 to register for the free webinar.

 LSPCA receives grant from FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is getting in the animal shelter business. FEMA recently awarded $8 million to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help rebuild the nonprofit’s animal control facility.

The LSPCA building was damaged during Hurricane Katrina, and officials are looking to relocate the facility to higher ground. FEMA approved the location change from the original building on Japonica Street to 1700 Mardi Gras Boulevard, saying, “Our recent grant approves this request [to relocate], supporting not only their recovery efforts, but preparedness efforts as well.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program approved the new building, designating it an improved project. Because of this designation, the new facility will have different dimensions than the previous animal control facility. This grant is just the latest award given by FEMA to assist efforts to recover from Katrina. To date, Louisiana has received approximately $1.3 billion in public assistance from the agency whose purpose is to prepare for and respond to disasters of all kinds.

The money will be allocated to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness which will dole out the funds as work is completed.

Hurricane season arrives; insurers brace for damaging storms

The beginning of June marks not only the start of summer, but the start of hurricane season as well. June 1 is the traditional beginning of storm season for states on the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean, and the season runs through summer and early fall.

Researchers at Colorado State University are forecasting a below-average season for major storms, evidenced by lower surface temperatures in the Atlantic. Storms are unpredictable, though, and the reduced likelihood of major climactic event does not mean there will be none. There are a number variables that play into determining the damage of storms, noted forecasters at CSU, including changes in climate, and where a storm makes landfall.

Insurers are hoping the CSU forecasts prove true. After major events in 2011, the insurance sector experienced increased volatility as a result of the loss of capital due to the events. A calm hurricane season would be welcome news to the industry, and should result in an uptick in earnings. 

 

New Orleans hotels earn awards

Five New Orleans hotels received Certificates of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Dauphine Orleans Hotel, Hotel Mazarin, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, and Hotel Le Marais were all recognized by the website for outstanding hospitality.

The award is given to less than 10 percent of hotels listed on TripAdvisor, and recognizes those hotels that average four out of five stars according to feedback from users of the website. Craig Hulford, managing director of the New Orleans Hotel Collection to which all five hotels belong, said, “These accolades are evidence that our diligence is translating into positive guest reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere.”

Gulf Coast Restoration Summit set for June 11

The Gulf Coast Restoration Summit is scheduled for an all-day event on Monday, June 11, 2012, in Destin, FL. The summit is intended to give the latest information on recovery efforts and available money resulting from the BP oil spill that affected the Gulf Coast in 2010.

Organizers have lined up a slate of speakers and attendees that include representatives from every level of government as well as business and community leaders. The discussion will center on when funds will become available from the settlement with BP, restoration projects, and the RESTORE Act, and will also look at ways to best utilize those funds to help restore the Gulf Coast. There will be general sessions in the morning and afternoon with guest speakers and a VIP reception.

Information regarding registration can be found at www.gulfcoastrestorationsummit.org.

Applications being accepted for community grants

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is continuing its mission of preserving the unique culture of Louisiana by offering Community Partnership Grants. Applications are being accepted for four grants. There two grants available for education programs, one for the study and documentation of indigenous culture of Louisiana, and one for nonprofits that present cultural events.

For more information visit www.jazzandheritage.org.

Bronze Quill awards celebrate area’s best communicators

The Bronze Quill Soiree is set for June 5, 2012. The event centers around the organization’s awards program that recognizes the Communicator of the Year and the Business of the Year.

The Bronze Quill awards are handed out annually by the International Association of Business Communicators, an organization that boasts 15,000 members in 80 countries. This year’s event will be held in the Salons de Bonnes Fetes Room at the Maison St. Charles Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. The guest speaker this year will be Carroll Morton, the Deputy Director of Film New Orleans which is part of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.

For more information or to register visit nola.iabc.com

Read more Louisiana Business News



Join Our Email List
Email:  

 

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Deja vu for Louisiana high-speed a Internet Broadband project, once again
  • Republicans Gatti, Crews vie for Louisiana House to replace now-Congressman Mike Johnson
  • Retiring Louisiana State Police Chief Edmonson retirement $ back in news
  • Trump, Ryan going to BAT for tax reform, economic growth

jindal broadbandIt’s déjà vu all over again for a broadband access project in Louisiana that saw the same mistakes repeated, leading to its demise both times.

Read More

lou gehrig burnettby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

   Raymond Crews and Robbie Gatti are headed to a runoff in state House District 8 on April 29 to fill  the seat left vacant when Mike Johnson was elected  to Congress.  Both are Republicans.
    Crews came in first with 41% of the vote, followed by Gatti with 37%..  Two other candidates in the race were Duke Lowrie, who finished with 16%, and Patrick Harrington, who had 6%.

Read More

edmonson2by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

It must be nice when you can get the rules written just for you.

There must come a time when even the most disinterested, blasé, apolitical person living has to look up from whatever else occupies his interest and say, “Wait a damned minute. This just ain’t right and we’re not gonna do it.”

Read More

trump greatIt has been over three decades since our country’s last major tax reform was passed during the Reagan administration. Since that time, America has increased tax rates on businesses and individuals and become less competitive. 

Read More

latter-blum2

TRUMP TALK

Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1