Friday, 16 May 2014 10:59
Louisiana Best, Miss USA, DDD, Steamboat Natchez, Second Harvest
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new-orleans-tourism Bayoubuzz business and organization news of the day--Jindal, Louisiana Best, Miss USA, DDD, Steamboat Natchez, Second Harvest


Louisiana Best

Today, Governor Jindal issued a statement following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, which reported that the number of people employed in Louisiana’s civilian labor force reached another record high. Louisiana’s unemployment rate remains as the best in the 17-state Southern region.

Governor Jindal Stated:

“Today’s job report is further proof that our workforce is expanding and our economy is growing. The fact that Louisiana continues to lead the Southern region with the lowest unemployment rate is a testament to our hard work fighting to make our state the best place in the nation to start a business and raise a family.

“It is amazing to see Louisiana continue to break employment records month after month.  By setting another record for the number of people employed in our state in April, along with 43 consecutive months of over-the-year private sector job growth, we know our policies are working and our future is bright."

Groupon Announces Miss USA Deal

Today, Groupon announced a deal to attend the 2014 Miss USA Competition on June 8 in Baton Rouge. The deal includes VIP tickets to the Presentation Show, Final Show, and After-Party; a meet-and-greet with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady; tickets to dress rehearsal; a backstage tour; hotel accommodations; and round-trip airfare for two. The total cost is $3,000 (alternatively, $2,000 without the airfare).


The 2014 Miss USA competition will take place in the Baton Rouge River Center. It features candidates from all fifty states and the District of Columbia competing in the categories swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The show will be broadcasted in 70 countries and territories.


Downtown NOLA Awards Announced Today

Today, the winners of the 2014 Downtown NOLA Awards for the DDD will be announced at noon at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Young Neville Jackson Featuring Jason Neville will be performing. The awards are:

  • Downtown Inspiration Award: awarded to a Downtown property owner, business, resident or worker who is a leader, collaborator and advocate for Downtown development.

  • iMinder of the Year: awarded to an individual with proven success in one of DDD’s core industries: arts-based businesses, creative digital media or biosciences.

  • Public Safety Awards: awarded to individuals who help keep Downtown New Orleans one of the safest places in the country.

  • Clean Awards: awarded to individuals or organizations that work 24 hours/7 days a week to make Downtown New Orleans one of the cleanest places in the country.

  • Downtown Ambassador of the Year: awarded to the individual, organization or event that has embraced and incorporated the Downtown NOLA brand.

  • Best Third Space: awarded to the “third space,” i.e. restaurant, bar, coffee shop, green space, etc., that provides a creative environment for iMinders to collaborate, work and network.

  • Best Development Project: awarded to the business that has completed a project that improves the quality of life Downtown.

  • Best Adaptive Reuse: Awarded to preservationists and owners of homes and businesses who keep the integrity of Downtown’s historic buildings while modernizing them for adaptive reuse.

  • Texaco Building Best Façade Improvement Project: awarded to the building owner or lessee who has invested in improving the appearance of the building’s façade.

  • Best Public Works Project: awarded to a federal, state or local public works project that has improved the environment of Downtown NOLA.

  • Best Green Project: awarded to the business or property owner who helps keep Downtown green.

  • Best Kept Secret: Awarded to a Downtown “gem” that is low profile, but deserves recognition for its programs, services or amenities.


Steamboat Natchez Hosts Family Cruise

On Saturday June 8, Steamboat Natchez invites families to the Natchez Family Fun Day. The event will feature games and entertainment, including a caricaturist, pirates, clowns, face painter, and trivia games.


Second Harvest Food Bank Prepares for Rubber Duck Derby

On Sunday May 18, Second Harvest Food Bank will kick off the 2014 Rubber Duck Derby. 20,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into Bayou St. John for a race. More than 15,000 ducks have been adopted so far. All proceeds from the adoptions benefit the Food Bank. You can adopt a duck online until 2PM on Sunday or at the Second Harvest Food Bank tent at Bayou Boogaloo near the Orleans Avenue Bridge until 3:30PM.


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