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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:23
Louisiana Business: New Chancellor, Drought, New Orleans Real Estate, Attorney General
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Phyllis Dupuis

Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors announced that Dr. Phyllis Dupuis will serve as the interim chancellor for South Louisiana Community College starting January 1, 2011.

"We are grateful to Phyllis for her willingness to serve in this dual capacity as director of Acadiana Technical College and interim chancellor for South Louisiana Community College," said LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May. "Phyllis is a well respected member of the Acadiana community and has a proven track record of leadership through her many years of experience as a faculty member and administrator. The Board and I are confident in her ability to lead the college through this transition period."

Dupuis will assume responsibilities as the interim chancellor, filling the vacancy created by SLCC Chancellor Dr. Jan Brobst who announced her retirement last month. Brobst led the institution for eight years, since September 2002.

The plan is for Dupuis to serve in the interim capacity until a search process is launched and completed after the LCTCS Board has received more information on the budget outlook for higher education in the state.


Shaw Group


The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) today announced it has been selected by GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL) to provide its proprietary technology and basic engineering for a new 450,000 tons per annum ethylene plant. Shaw also will provide support during detailed engineering, procurement and construction, and commissioning and startup of the plant, which will be part of GAIL’s petrochemical complex in Pata, Uttar Pradesh, India.


The Domain Companies, a national development firm based in New Orleans and New York, is introducing the South Market District - a mixed-use, transit-oriented development combining 450 first-class apartments with 170,000 square feet of upscale retail, restaurants and entertainment venues in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

The South Market District encompasses a five-block area located across Loyola Avenue from the Superdome and New Orleans Arena and connecting the Central Business District, historic Warehouse/Arts District and Sports & Entertainment District. The area is currently being transformed into a mixed-use real estate development, establishing its place as one of the premier shopping and entertainment hubs in the country. The District will satisfy the growing demand for high-quality downtown housing and retail resulting from billions in new investment currently flowing into New Orleans.

The South Market District is surrounded by more than $500 million of transformative new development currently underway including:

· Streetcar expansion – This expansion will put South Market District adjacent to the City’s most important transit hub, the Union Passenger Terminal, and link South Market District in just two streetcar stops to more than $3 billion of medical center developments already under construction in Mid-City.
· Rouse’s Grocery – The conversion of a historic warehouse will create a 40,000-square-foot upscale gourmet grocery store within the District – downtown’s only full-service grocer.
· Champions Square – The recently opened sports and entertainment district adjacent to the Superdome and New Orleans Arena now serves as an outdoor pre-/post-event destination for more than 75 sporting events and concerts each year, attracting over 2.5 million visitors.
· Louisiana Superdome – The home of the New Orleans Saints. Renovations continue on the Superdome which will enhance the interior and exterior in preparation for the 2012 BCS Championship, 2012 NCAA Final Four and the 2013 Super Bowl.
· Hyatt Hotel redevelopment – This $270 million project includes 1,193 rooms, creates 200,000 square feet of meeting space, and can host large-scale conventions and meetings.

The housing within the District will be positioned at the top of the New Orleans market and features finishes, services and amentites superior to any existing property. The overall design targets the knowledge-based workforce that will fill the 7,000 plus new high-paying jobs being created by existing medical district development as well as growth in industries such as film and digital media production and a thriving entrepreneurial community. The retail component will feature the type of chic and cutting edge urban retailers that have reinvigorated many of the country’s downtowns but have generally not yet arrived in New Orleans.

“The South Market District will meet the City’s need for upscale retail and housing,” says Downtown Development District President Kurt Weigle. “Since the layout is an open-air, pedestrian-friendly area with restaurants, entertainment and first-class apartments, it will only enhance the scope of Downtown New Orleans.”

Hay donations sought for Louisiana cattlemen


Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., and Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice-president Robert Joyner said drought has affected state hay production so drastically they are issuing a call for hay donations to help cattlemen who are short of hay.

Strain said cattleman Bob Pitre of Thibodaux donated 100 round bales that will be transported from Raceland to north Louisiana locations on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10, but more is needed.

Ag and Forestry tractor-trailers and private vehicles will move the hay to those locations.

To make a donation, call the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association at 225-343-3491 or Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-922-1234 or 800-558-9741.

Strain said receipts for the donations can be obtained through the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Farmers among others.

Beef cattle and calves are the eighth largest agricultural industry in the state with a gross farm value of $365 million.


CALLING ALL KIDS!  The DDD & Entergy Present the First
Reindeer Run & Romp One-Mile Fun Run for Kids on Canal Street!
Today only,the first 20 Downtown WORKERS to email or fax
their Reindeer Run registration forms will receive free entries! (Limited to one free entry per family or household.)

Calling all kids! The Downtown Development District, together with Presenting Sponsor, Entergy, will host Downtown New Orleans' first holiday fun run for kids and families on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

Today only, the first 20 Downtown WORKERS to email or fax their Reindeer Run registration forms will receive free entries! (Limited to one free entry per family or household.)



James D. “Buddy” Caldwell Contact: Aletha Dents

Attorney General 225-326-6000

November 29-December 3, 2010



As of January 1, 2010, Act 251 of the 2009 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session

transfers the regulation and licensure of Medical Psychology and the practice of

psychology by medical psychologists from the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of

Psychologists to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. At that time, all

jurisdiction over Medical Psychologists will reside with the Louisiana State Board of

Medical Examiners. (Trahant)

Op to Ms. Jillandra C. Rovaris, Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists,

Baton Rouge, LA

Date Released: December 2, 2010


The 1957 judicial removal of the cemetery dedication on the Jackson Avenue Cemetery

property remains valid today. Should human remains be encountered during demolition

or construction operations on the property, the Louisiana Unmarked Human Burial Sites

Act will be triggered. (Seidemann)

Op to Ms. Katherine Zeringue, Environmental Liaison Officer, Federal Emergency

Management Agency, New Orleans, LA

Date Released: December 3, 2010



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