2012 Annual Luncheon: BGR
Please join us at our Annual Luncheon to hear our guest speaker, Kathleen Parker, on November 13, 2012, at the New Orleans Marriott.
Ms. Parker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and nationally syndicated columnist. Ms. Parker is a member of the Washington Post Writer's Group and writes for Newsweek magazine, as well as USA Today. She is a frequent contributor to CNN and NBC.
For reservations or more information, visit BGR's website here.
Chevron, WTCNO to Host Southeast Asia Business Conference
Historic visit by ambassadors a first for the state
The World Trade Center, Chevron, and the State of Louisiana will host the Ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) October 25 - 26 for a two day event promoting trade and investment opportunities in the ASEAN and Gulf Coast regions. Business leaders will have the opportunity to meet with high-level representatives from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
"The ASEAN region represents a fantastic opportunity for Louisiana companies," said WTCNO CEO Dominik Knoll. "Our industries are uniquely positioned to do business in Southeast Asia - from oil and gas to agriculture and maritime, businesses in the state are already prepared to successfully trade and invest with the ASEAN countries. Executives looking to compete in these markets should be sure to attend this conference and take advantage of their enormous potential."
ASEAN 2012 offers public and private sector leaders the chance to conduct one to one business development meetings with the Ambassadors and other officials. In addition to a conference session on the morning of Friday, October 26, there will be an exclusive "meet and greet" event for VIP registrants before the opening reception on Thursday, along with a private dinner at Brennan?s Restaurant in the French Quarter.
Attendees will learn:
High-growth industry sectors;
Investment incentives in the region;
Potential trading partners;
Opportunities for LA energy and related companies.
The Southeast Asian region is the fastest growing economy in the world. ASEAN countries are home to approximately $150 billion in U.S. Foreign Direct Investment, while also standing as the 5th largest market for U.S. exports. Louisiana exports to the ASEAN nations have grown from just $771.5 million in 2005 to over $3.1 billion last year, with a 150% increase in agricultural exports and a 600% increase in the value of petroleum and coal exports.
Anyone wishing to attend the conference should visit www.wtcno.org/asean to learn more or to register.
Louisiana Legends at the Mint: Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis
BAYOUBUZZ VIDEOS OF EVENTS
- Dr. Joe May, President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) announced today the selection of Jimmy Sawtelle, Regional Director of South Central Louisiana Technical College, as the new Senior Vice President for Workforce Solutions.
In his new role, Sawtelle will be responsible for the development and coordination of successful workforce initiatives that meet the needs of Louisiana's existing and prospective employers. He will also work closely with Louisiana FastStart. Additionally, Sawtelle will oversee all of the state's three Technical Colleges; Capital Area Technical College in Baton Rouge, Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Natchitoches, and South Central Louisiana Technical College in Morgan City. Sawtelle's new assignment is effective Monday, November 12, 2012.
Dr. Joe D. May, LCTCS President commented, "We are pleased that Jimmy Sawtelle has accepted this critical role. Administering Perkins funding statewide, he has a proven track record in working with business and industry to meet workforce needs. Jimmy's addition will move us ahead in building tomorrow's workforce and providing opportunity for Louisiana's 3.4 million workers."
"I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the LCTCS and the great state of Louisiana in this capacity. We are at a critical moment in our history when it comes to workforce and economic development, said Sawtelle. "Our Board of Supervisors, System President Joe May, and I have a shared vision when it comes to creating programs and aligning them with the needs of Louisiana's business and industry and ensuring that our citizens have the opportunity and access to these programs so they are adequately trained to secure high wage jobs and contribute to our state's economy."
To ensure a smooth transition, LCTCS officials plan to name a new Regional Director of South Central Louisiana Technical College by November 5, 2012.
A 20-year veteran of Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges, Sawtelle has held several other critical roles. Prior to his current position, he served as the LCTCS VP for Career & Technical Education for six years, the Interim Regional Director of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and as a workforce development officer and campus dean at South Central Louisiana Technical College. In addition, he has served in the roles of interim regional director and, prior to that, electronic learning director at South Louisiana Community College.
Our Louisiana coast: Louisiana seafood
by Mark Evans/Louisiana Seafood News
The series of hurricanes that savaged Louisiana’s coast in recent years is not only reshaping how the state responds to them, but also how it combats coastal erosion left in their wakes.
Erosion is destructive on several levels, it harms Louisiana’s fisheries – and consequently, its seafood industry. Photo: CPRA
Since the 1930s, the state has lost 1,880 square miles to coastal erosion, according to Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). That area is equivalent of losing the landmass of New York City every 13 years
This erosion is destructive on several levels. The most obvious is devastation to coastal communities. It also harms Louisiana’s fisheries – and consequently, its seafood industry – of valuable nursery grounds for finfish, shellfish and other wildlife
Beyond that, ongoing erosion threatens a culture around which many of the state’s long-held traditions were built, such as:
Its rich culinary heritage that often centers on seafood.
Louisiana’s reputation as a “sportsman’s paradise” for fishing and hunting.
Confluence of its Creole and Cajun cultures in the bayous and swamps of coastal areas.
Louisiana Sea Grant marine agent Mark Shirley said coastal erosion is caused – or made worse – by a number of factors. They include land subsidence, rising sea levels, climate change, saltwater intrusion, the cutting of new transportation channels and confinement of the Mississippi River.
Globetrotters and UNO
Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are again introducing something unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, taking kid participation and fun to a whole new level when the Globetrotters come to Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.
For the first time ever, during the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show. Fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made.
Go online with your kids to www.harlemglobetrotters.com to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game. Then, get your tickets, and see the winning rules in live action at the Globetrotters’ world championship game.
Tickets, starting at $15.00, are on sale now at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Lakefront Arena box office, or by phone at 800-345-7000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one – shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos. The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime.# After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.*
This year's Globetrotters roster features stars such as Special K Daley and Flight Time Lang. They will join many other fan favorites, including 7-foot-8 Tiny Sturgess (the Guinness World Record holder as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player), 5-foot-2 Too Tall Hall (the shortest Globetrotter ever), and female star T-Time Brawner.**
The North American leg of the 2013 “Your Write the Rules” World Tour will tip-off on December 26, 2012, and will run through April 2013. The team will play over 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
* Subject to availability.
** Rosters may vary in each city and are subject to change.
# All customers must have a game ticket AND Magic Pass for entry. Magic Pass sold separately. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on court.
Reminder: Leadership Lafayette Now Taking Applications for Class XXVI
Leadership Lafayette has become a community institution and boasts many of this area's most distinguished leaders as graduates. If selected for class XXVI, you can expect an exciting year that exposes you to some of our community's biggest assets, most daunting challenges, and most interesting people. The deadline to apply is October 26, 2012 by 4:00 p.m.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) has announced that the lineup of events for Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) has been finalized and registration is now open. Anyone interested in attending one or all of the week’s activities should visit www.celebrateBREW.com. The week will feature a variety of events including pitch competitions, educational lunches, panel discussions, networking, new product demonstrations, and opportunities for angel investors to see new businesses. In addition to previously announced events, the following events have been recently added to the lineup:
a presentation by Jason Lucash, winner of ABC’s Shark Tank, to kick off the High-stakes Pitch Night;
a lunch featuring Bruno Matzdorf, Resource Development Program Manager, SONY Computer Entertainment Media;
Women Business Leaders breakfast featuring Martha Stuart Williams, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Amedisys; Rhonda Binda, Deputy Director, Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Jen Bilik, Founder and Owner, Knock Knock;
Baton Rouge Food Truck Wroundup BREW Edition with Tony Chachere's; and
DEMO: Cutting Edge Ideas from the Fields of Engineering and Health.
“We’re very excited about the quality of speakers and events during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week. We encourage everyone to register on the BREW website to secure their participation,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of BRAC. “The national-caliber agenda is one of the best we’ve ever seen for business and entrepreneurship content.”
Previously announced events include the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s breakfast and keynote speaker featuring Josh Linkner and the High-stakes Pitch Night presented by Whitney Bank and General Informatics and supported by SeNSE. BREW is presented by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and Louisiana Technology Park and supported by BRAC. Learn more about BREW 2012 at www.celebrateBREW.com.
About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, the Creative Capital of the South. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s investors includes more than 1,200 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the workforce.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week
More than just seven days, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a rapidly emerging movement of creative and innovative individuals and organizations—all unleashing new ideas. To learn how you can get involved—and to see if your country is already participating—visit unleashingideas.org.