Louisiana business: LTC Tech CIO's, tax credits, BRAC, Idea Village, Ballet
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louisianaChief Information Officers (CIOs) and Executives from across the country will attend the Louisiana Technology Council’s 8th annual CIO/CEO Forum to share their perspectives on industry trends, technology, and innovation. Panelist will give a brief presentation on their company’s best practices and implementation of technology followed by Q and A from the audience.

Individual Ticket, LTC Members $50, Non-LTC Members $75

Table Sponsorship with 8 Seats - $800 (also includes table sign and acknowledgment in program and on LTC website)

This year's panel includes:


Mike DeBoer, CIO - GE Capital

Frank DeArmas, VP & CIO, Global Surgery - Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, VP - Autonomy, an HP Company

Eric Paulsen, Anchor - WWL TV and LTC Master of Ceremonies

August 24, 2012


Hyatt Regency, New Orleans

601 Loyola Ave

Louisiana Ballroom

New Orleans, LA  70113

Solar and Wind energy Tax Credits

In light of recent focus on Louisiana’s tax credits as the Louisiana Legislature’s Revenue Study Commission begins its work, the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association (GSREIA) today announced updated jobs and economic impact figures related to the highly successful Solar and Wind Energy Tax Credit program.

The Solar and Wind Energy Tax Credit program is creating local jobs, increasing our energy independence, and reducing, or in some cases virtually eliminating energy bills for more than 3,000 Louisiana households – and counting!  This is truly a testament to our forward thinking legislators regarding Louisiana’s future energy policy.  Fiscal impact is an obvious sign the program is working.” 

GSREIA Secretary Jeff Cantin says, "The state invests 50 percent of the cost in a system installation, and sees multiple returns: 300 percent increase in direct disposable income in our communities, hundreds of jobs created, development of a high-tech industry, and stabilizing an overtaxed utility grid. This is an investment the state can't afford to miss. Solar is an established, proven technology, and along with Louisiana's top-tier solar resource, we need to take advantage of federal programs and record low equipment costs to help our communities grow sustainably."

For more information, visit www.gsreia.org.



The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Baton Rouge High School Foundation today announced that they have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the promotion of BRAC’s talent development program among Baton Rouge High School (BRHS) alumni.  The agreement states that BRAC will partner with the foundation at events to promote the region and employment activities within it.  In turn, BRAC will work to identify career opportunities for out-of-region BRHS graduates and provide the resumes of alumni members interested in returning to the Baton Rouge area to companies with open positions.  The MOU’s goal is to grow the number of resumes included in BRAC’s talent database.  “Baton Rouge High School graduates are some of the highest achievers in industry, business, arts, government, and education, just to name a few.  We know that many living away miss the culture, the feel of home, their families, and the roots that still remain deep here,” said Lauren Ford, executive director of the Baton Rouge High School Foundation.  “We are very happy to help connect our alumni to career opportunities and the wealth of entrepreneurial ideas and creativity that is so abundant in Louisiana.”   Those interested in being a part of the database can find more information on the “call for resumes” and confidentially submit a resume at www.brac.org/resumes.

Idea Village

Idea Village has expand capacity for today’s inaugural IDEAinstitute: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur. Now What?  Come hear from successful, New Orleans-based entrepreneurs, Kenneth Purcell, Founder and CEO of iSeatz, Nic Perkin, Co-founder and President of The Receivables Exchange, and Lauren Thom, Founder of Fleurty Girl, about how they did it—their journeys to building national and global businesses and the lessons they learned along the way.  Seats are filling up fast so make sure to reserve yours now via the Entrepreneur Portal. go to ideavillage.org

Gulf Summit

Join more than 300 government, business, and community leaders at the GULF COAST RESTORATION SUMMIT, to be held in New Orleans this Friday, August 17, 2012.  Last minute registration is available online: Click here to respond. If you are not able to attend the Summit in person, you may see it in it's entirety live or on-demand anytime via our webcast. The webcast will also include speaker presentation materials. To register, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/xcqzs1/1Q, click on RSVP Yes and under Registration Type, select "Webcast Attendee".

The RESTORE Act has been signed into law! Under the RESTORE Act, the 5 Gulf States will receive 80% of the money BP is expected to pay for the oil spill - those fines could reach $21 billion. Money from the fines could create more than 57,000 jobs during the next ten years. This is a game-changer for the region, providing enormous new economic and business opportunities in environmental restoration, economic development, tourism, real estate, construction, transportation, and more!

Who's attending? Senior Congressional Staff, State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish, Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Lafourche Parish, Mississippi State Senate, United Houma Nations, City of Pensacola, Escambia County Florida, Tampa Port Authority, American Red Cross, Iron Workers District Council of Texas, LSU, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Science Foundation, National Park Service, University of South Alabama, Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gulf South Research Corporation, Acadiana Regional Development District, Hydrik Flood Control, AquaFence, Carr Riggs & Ingram, Adams and Reese, Dewberry, Wayfarer Environmental Technologies, Parsons, Jacobs, Burke-Kleinpeter, Terracon, Bertucci Contracting Comany, RCI, Cockfield Jackson Architects, Landis Construction, Odebrecht Construction, Boh Brothers Construction, Durr Heavy Construction, and many more!  Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Seating is limited - register now!  Click here to respond.

Margaritas on the Mississippi

Back by popular demand, the Steamboat NATCHEZ will host Margaritas on the Mississippi, a festive cruise exclusively for women, on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. To make this year’s event even more exciting, the Steamboat will host a special Diva of Dixieland social media contest on its Facebook page leading up to the event.

Margaritas on the Mississippi will feature live entertainment by Banu Gibson and her band, specialty margaritas available for $2, enticing food stations, a scenic cruise down the Mississippi River and the crowning of the Diva of Dixieland. Boarding for Margaritas on the Mississippi will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the cruise sailing from 7-9 p.m. The first 100 women to register for the cruise will receive asouvenir margarita glass.

For more information about the Steamboat NATCHEZ Margaritas on the Mississippi and to make reservations, call (504) 569-1401 or visit http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/2012/Margaritas/reserve.html.

New Orleans Ballet

The New Orleans Ballet Association announces its 2012-2013 Season of Dance American Moves, celebrating American dance pioneers, visionaries, and legends.  This season, five powerhouse companies showcase the unique history, diversity, and innovation of dance in America: the breathtaking physicality of Pilobolus; the sexy dancers of Ballet Hispanico, teaming up with the 19-member, Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; the beautiful works of Jessica Lang Dance; the sleek and sharp dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; and the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company. The season kicks off with the gravity-defying, shape-shifting dancers of Pilobolus on October 20, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.    Continuing our initiative of pairing dance and music, Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra bring a hot, Latin dance party to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on December 8, 7:30 pm.   NOBA and The NOCCA Institute are pleased to present the New Orleans debut of Jessica Lang Dance at Fred Lupin Memorial Hall on January 18 and 19 at 8 pm and on January 20 at 2 pm. Returning to Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 23 at 8pm, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, one of America’s great success stories that The New York Times calls “a breath of fresh air,” brings an exciting program that features some of the most dynamic choreographic voices in dance today.

Closing the season on March 23 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater at 8 pm, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform in New Orleans for the very first time in the company’s 87-year history.

NOBA season ticket buyers save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price by purchasing a season ticket package. The Grand Plus Series package of all five events ranges from $109 to $445, while the Grand Series package, which includes all four performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, ranges from $68 to $425.  The flexible Build-a-Series package allows season ticket holders to design their own season package and starts at $51.  Discounts are also available for students with a valid ID.  Single ticket prices for Pilobolus, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ballet Hispanico are $20-$125.  The single ticket price for Jessica Lang Dance is $50. Season packages are currently on sale, and single tickets for NOBA events go on sale September 4.  For more information on the upcoming season or to purchase season tickets, call NOBA at 504-522-0996, Ext. 201 or visit www.nobadance.com.  Single tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


Pilobolus - October 20, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – December 8 at 7:30 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Jessica Lang Dance – January 18 & 19 at 8 pm and January 20 at 2 pm at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall (Co-presented with The NOCCA Institute)

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – February 23, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Martha Graham Dance Company – March 23, 8pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

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