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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 12:55
Louisiana Business: New Orleans Health Official, Luxury Baton Rouge Hotel, Jindal, Shell Oil
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Mayor Landrieu Announces New Orleans Health Official

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu,announces the new health official for the city.

Luxury Baton Rouge Hotel

Wampold Companies, a Baton Rouge-based development and property management company, announced today that it is moving forward with the development of a luxury hotel on Bluebonnet Boulevard, one-mile south of the I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The project, which originally began construction in 2007, was delayed due to the changing economy.


The new luxurious hotel will offer amenities guests expect from such upscale properties, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space with an 8,000-square-foot ballroom, a spa, a resort style pool & courtyard area, a club level, and a fine-dining restaurant with private dining rooms. Dramatic views of LSU Tiger Stadium, the downtown Baton Rouge skyline and the State Capitol, will help set this property apart from other Baton Rouge hotels. 


The 206,000-square-foot, 8-acre property (formerly an unfinished Jimmy Swaggart Ministries building) will front Bluebonnet Boulevard and Anselmo Lane. It is conveniently located between the Mall of Louisiana, a major regional shopping mall, and Perkins Rowe, a new, upscale lifestyle center.


The Essen Lane/Bluebonnet/I-10 corridor, in which the new hotel will be located, also boasts numerous medical service providers, including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General Hospital, Ochsner Hospital, and various other medical facilities.


Davidson Hotel Company, the nation’s sixth largest hotel management company based out of Memphis, TN, will operate the Renaissance, which is a Marriott-affiliated brand.


The new hotel will initially generate over 500 construction jobs and the final hotel will create 150 permanent positions in the greater Baton Rouge area.


Financing for the project is still being negotiated. The development will be funded by private equity until all the financing is finalized.


For hi-res renderings and more information, visit online at

US Census

The U.S Census Bureau has announced the release of the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates on American FactFinder. There you will find tables with social, demographic, housing, and economic data for areas down to the census tract level.   


You can access the newly-released data on American FactFinder at:

2005-2009 ACS 5-year data


If you would like more information and supporting documentation for this data release please visit the ACS web site at:

Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Leigh Harris, executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, was honored with Keep America Beautiful’s Professional Leadership Award during KAB’s 57th annual National Conference, which took place from Dec. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.


Shell Oil and Coastal Conservation Association

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and Shell Oil Company to announce a new public-private partnership – between the recreational angling community, private businesses and the state – to assist in CCA’s ongoing Building Conservation Habitat Program. Shell has committed 1.5 million dollars to CCA’s Building Conservation Habitat Program.


Governor Jindal announced that Independence Island – formerly an emergent island in Barataria Bay near Grand Isle – will be one of the first beneficiaries of the Building Conservation Program. Independence Island was formerly one of Louisiana’s popular fishing destinations, but due to coastal erosion and subsidence, the Island has sunk to the point that it is no longer a viable fisheries habitat. Governor Jindal said the state’s new partnership with CCA and Shell will help resurrect the treasured marina life habitat associated with Independence Island.


Governor Jindal said, “Louisiana’s coastal environment has faced many challenges, some man-made and some natural.  This makes it increasingly important for us to find innovative ways to restore and enhance the coastal areas that support state’s economy.  Our marsh is the heart and soul of Louisiana. We have a sporting heritage second to none and a long, proud connection to our land, water and resources. Louisiana sportsmen know better than anyone the need to give something back to the environment so that we can continue to enjoy it while preserving this heritage for our children and grandchildren. That’s what makes this announcement today so inspiring – CCA’s Building Conservation Habitat Program is a long-term commitment from the angling community to the incredible natural resources of Louisiana. Partnerships like the one announced today are a critical component for helping our citizens get back on their feet after the oil spill and preserving the beauty of coastal Louisiana for generations to come.”


David Cresson, Executive Director and CEO of CCA Louisiana said, “Today’s announcement is a great example of how when private enterprise, members of the community and the state work together – they can accomplish great work. This reef will create new habitat for a large variety of marine species and will provide recreational fishing opportunities in an area that had been heavily affected by coastal erosion and other factors.  I applaud Shell and Governor Jindal for working with CCA to spearhead this project, and I look forward to our continued work in conserving and enhancing our coastal fisheries.”


John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water, Upstream Americas, Shell Energy Resources Company said, “Shell has a long history of support for environment and habitat projects, and our thousands of employees in Louisiana are excited about the possibilities of this partnership. CCA members have an amazing track record of conservation work that sets them apart. We believe in the organization and are committed to doing our part to ensure that the Building Conservation Habitat Program has the tools to bring significant marine habitat restoration projects from concept to reality.”


Patrick Murray, president of CCA National said, “This partnership combines the grassroots strength of CCA with the resources of Shell to allow our members to take the Building Conservation Habitat Program to new levels. It is an exciting time in marine conservation, and the restoration projects that will come from this initiative will play a key role in the enhancement of Gulf resources for both today’s anglers and for generations of anglers to come."


The project calls for installing two reefs covering four acres at Independence Island this spring, each reef consisting of 3,500 tons of limestone to provide hard-structure habitat for marine fisheries.  Almost immediately after installation, these reefs will start attracting marine organisms and forage fish, which will draw recreational species and provide new opportunities for anglers in Grand Isle. 


CCA worked with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to permit a 55-acre site for future reef development that includes the original footprint of Independence Island.  The Independence Island Reef is being made possible by a $250,000 donation from the CCA Building Conservation Habitat Program and matching funds from the state.


CCA has a highly successful artificial reef program with reefs completed in Lake Pelto, Vermilion Bay, Calcasieu Lake, and Lake Ponchartrain.  In in-shore coastal areas, this program has used crushed limestone to construct low-relief “shell-pad” type structures to enhance habitats and fisheries resources. 

(Jindal press release)


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