Momentive Specialty Chemicals, NOLA Christmas, Fat City Fest, DDD, Holiday vacations
Written by  // Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:00 //

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Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Executive Vice President Dale Plante of Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. announced the company will construct a new chemical production facility in St. Charles Parish and upgrade the plant it currently operates in Ascension Parish. The plant expansions, representing a capital investment of $66 million, will increase Momentive’s production of formaldehyde for use by nearby chemical plants in the manufacture of other products.


The project will retain 55 existing jobs at the Geismar, Louisiana, plant while creating 13 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $82,300, plus benefits. Eight of the new jobs will be located at the new plant in Luling, Louisiana, and five of the new jobs will be in Geismar.

In addition, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an estimated 74 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 85 new jobs in the River Parishes. Plant construction at the two locations will result in an estimated 300 construction jobs.

“Greater New Orleans Inc. is pleased to welcome Momentive Specialty Chemicals to the region,” GNO Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht said. “Momentive Specialty Chemicals’ decision to invest in the Southeast Super Region underscores that Louisiana’s combination of logistics and business climate make it a top location for industrial projects.”


Christmas in the District is bringing the fun indoors this year! The highlight of the event will be “NOLA Christmas Fest,” a 2-week indoor festival inside the Great Hall of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, December 12th – 24th providing holiday fun for the whole family. Discover the new “My New Orleans Christmas” display after a journey through the “Great Hall of Trees” exhibiting a stunning collection of over 50 decorated trees as well as a “Gingerbread House” competition which benefits Operation Homefront, an organization supporting local military families. In “Santa’s Playland,” children of all ages can enjoy the inflatable zone, petting zoo and a host of children’s crafts and activities. A variety of holiday characters will include special appearances by Mr. Bingle and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. “Community Stages” will feature Christmas entertainment, cooking demonstrations, puppet shows and local choirs. On weekends the “Arts and Craft Market” gives visitors the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts.
The season kicks off with a Children’s Lantern Parade at CITD on December 12th. Other events throughout December include the “Santa Paws at CITD” dog costume contest and parade on December 14th and Harrah’s Champagne Stroll at CITD on December 5th.
Now is the time to plan your New Orleans holiday excursion and take advantage of spectacular Papa Noel rates in hotels citywide!
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is funding the event as a part of its mission to bring visitors to town and is expected to inspire all the residents and businesses in the Warehouse/Arts District to embrace the event and help grow it annually.
“We invite local residents and visitors to bring their families and friends to dine in the Warehouse/Arts District, and then come inside the Convention Center to enjoy all of the new and exciting activities that NOLA Christmas Fest has to offer,” said Bob Johnson, President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


According to WalletHub, New Orleans is the 23rd best place in the nation for holiday travel.


“Best Overall Departure Point” Rank

Metro Area*

“Best U.S. Departure Point for Domestic Travel” Rank

“Best U.S. Departure Point for International Travel” Rank

1 Atlanta (GA) 1 2
2 Metrolina 3 4
3 Miami (FL) 18 1
4 Greater Twin Cities 6 5
5 Washington (DC) 12 3
6 Salt Lake City 1 16
7 Delaware Valley 14 6
8 Detroit (MI) 15 8
9 Greater Orlando (FL) 19 9
10 Greater Houston (TX) 10 17
11 Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex 7 20
12 Greater Pittsburgh (PA) 22 10
13 Tampa Bay 26 12
14 Greater Cincinnati (OH) 22 14
15 New York 32 6
16 Raleigh 28 11
17 Las Vegas Valley 9 24
18 Southland 8 25
19 Greater Austin (TX) 11 20
20 Greater Cleveland (OH) 27 18
21 Boston 37 13
22 Valley of the Sun 4 39
23 New Orleans 12 28
24 Greater Jacksonville (FL) 36 15
25 Greater Seattle 17 31
26 Kansas City 25 27
27 Denver (CO) 5 45
28 Memphis (TN) 38 19
29 Chicagoland 33 23
30 Greater Portland (OR) 16 41
31 San Francisco 20 42
32 Greater San Antonio (TX) 24 44
33 Kentuckiana 40 29
34 San Diego (CA) 21 46
35 Nashville (TN) 35 36
36 Greater Indianapolis 42 25
T-37 Greater St. Louis (MO) 30 42
T-37 Greater Richmond (VA) 46 22
39 Central Maryland 43 30
40 Greater Milwaukee 44 38
41 Birmingham (AL) 45 37
42 Greater Hartford (CT) 47 33
43 Columbus (OH) 41 40
44 Sacramento (CA) 29 48
T-45 Hampton Roads 49 32
T-45 Greater Oklahoma City 39 47
47 Buffalo (NY) 48 35
48 Inland Empire 31 49
49 Providence (RI) 50 34
50 San Jose 33 50

*Please note that the name listed above for each metro area is the one by which it is most commonly known as opposed to its official MSA name (defined by the U.S. Census Bureau).

Overall Rank

Top Domestic Destinations

Top International Destinations

1 New York Riviera Maya, Mexico
2 Las Vegas Valley Cancun, Mexico
3 Greater Orlando (FL) London, United Kingdom
4 Southland Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
5 San Francisco Paris, France
6 San Diego (CA) Rome, Italy
7 Fort Myers (FL) Montego Bay, Jamaica
8 Miami (FL) Barcelona, Spain
9 Honolulu (HI) Cape Town, South Africa
10 Maui (HI) Sydney, Australia

Something big is on its way to Fat City! On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, this well-known Jefferson Parish area will be transformed into the site of the first-annual Fat City Festival, an epic celebration of Jefferson Parish culture and business.
Hosted by the Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals, the Fat City Festival promises family-friendly fun, live entertainment and a myriad of art and food vendors to satisfy the interests (and taste buds) of any event-goer.
Swing by the Fat City Festival between noon and 5PM on Saturday, November 15th, to experience:
Live entertainment by Bag of Donuts
Music by the Rummel High School band
Music by the Grace King High School Band
Local Art Market
Photo Booth
Face painting
A variety of food and drinks
Food trucks
Contests and giveaways
And so much more….

Held in the heart of Fat City, along 18th Street from North Arnault to Edenborn, the festival will showcase the changes made within the community over the years to help enhance redevelopment of the area. Once a hotspot for nightlife activity, Fat City has become a desirable location to live and work. New businesses, from restaurants to wellness centers, continue to pop up in the area, a testament to the hard work of elected officials and business leaders who knew the area was something special.
Fat City Festival t-shirts, by the one-and-only Fleurty Girl, will be on sale at the event. The t-shirts will feature the official logo for the inaugural Fat City Festival, designed by contest winner, Ali Solino.

The application process is now open for the 3rd Annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch. Candidates may submit an application online to compete for over $25,000 in resources to assist in their business venture. The submission deadline is January 7.
As a Strategic Partner of the 2015 Entrepreneur Season, spearheaded by The Idea Village, the DDD along with Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation will host the Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2015, the premier annual business festival, on Monday, March 23rd.
The Business Pitch is aimed at identifying and supporting entrepreneurs that have an arts-based project or product situated in the creative, architecture, technology, digital media or film/entertainment fields that benefits the Downtown Development District and is scalable. The DDD, CANO, and LCEF are seeking arts-based businesses (or business ideas) that highlight the superior resources that Downtown New Orleans offers. Businesses should, ideally, serve to enhance way-finding and experiences in the built environment for everyday walking and living in Downtown New Orleans.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
• Ability to provide a product or service, whether through interactive art, digital media, mobile apps, or any other means of attracting and engaging patrons Downtown that will also enhance their experience living or visiting Downtown
• Arts-based business (creative, digital media, technology, architecture, film/entertainment)
• Committed to relocating to, or conducting business in, Downtown New Orleans
• Ability to contribute to making Downtown New Orleans a hub of innovative ‘cool’ arts-based business through attracting buzz, talent and economic activity
Visit www.downtownnolaartsbusinesspitch.com to submit an application. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, January 7.


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