NOTMC Partners with Disney ABC
This summer, families who follow Princess Tiana in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" at followhermagic.com can participate in a sweepstake to visit New Orleans and the real-life places referenced in the movie.
Princess Tiana is one of several people visitors and potential visitors can follow on Follow your NOLA http://www.neworleansonline.com/followyournola/, a project created by the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). The goal is to encourage families to come to the city this summer, and it is featured through a media sponsorship with Disney/ABC. Mark Romig, President and CEO of NOTMC, said: "Partnering with Disney/ABC and 'The Princess and the Frog' is an honor and is exciting for our city. The elements of the partnership will help our summer campaign further underscore the wonderful family attractions we offer as well as the unique connection between the movie and New Orleans.
Delta Leadership Institute Accepts Applications
The Delta Leaderhip Institute Executive Academy, created and funded by the Delta Regional Authority, is now accepting applications on www.DRA.gov/leadership. The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) serves 252 counties and parishes that face challenges in health, education, and infrastructure. The goal of the Leadership Institute is to train leaders to participate in programs that improve the conditions in these areas.
“Developing great leadership in our communities is key to economic growth in the Delta region,’’ said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill. “I look forward to the exciting things to come from this innovative partnership as we continue to expand the economic and leadership development efforts of this program.”
LABI Backs Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
Along with more than 800 chambers, companies, and associations across the country, LABI signed a letter that urges Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Ex-Im provides loans and loan guarantees when other financing is unavailable, but it will no longer be able to do so after September 30 unless Congress acts.
LABI President Stephen Waguespack stated: "As the third most reliant state on its manufacturing sector in the country, the Export-Import Bank is critically important to businesses across Louisiana, supporting $1 billion of exports in our state since 2007. In 2011, small businesses comprised around 83 percent of our exporters, accounting for 35 percent of Louisiana's total state exports. Reauthorizing the Ex-Im will help many Louisiana small businesses compete in the global economy."
National Pralines Day
Yesterday was National Pralines Day, and the local company Pralines by Jean... and Cupcakes Too! hosted educational sessions on the proper New Orleans pronunciation (it's "praw-leen," not "pray-leen") and the history of the treat, as well as praline tastings and specials. The original praline was first created in France several centuries ago and was made with almonds instead of pecans.
Emerging Philanthropists Accepts Proposals
Emerging Philanthropists Accepts Proposals (EPNO) is now accepting grant proposals. The organization will give out grants in the areas of Arts and Culture, Crime and Public Safety, Economic Development, and Youth Development. Letters of intent can be submitted online until June 27.
Entergy General Counsel Honorary Chair of Justice for All Ball
Marcus V. Brown, Entergy Corporation Executive Vice President and General Counsel has been named Honorary Chair of the Justice For All Ball of 2014. The Justice For All Ball is part of the ProBono Project, an organization that provides free legal services to the underserved in the Greater New Orleans area. The ball functions as a fundraiser for this project and will feature live entertainment and food and beverages from more than 20 area restaurants.
“When New Orleans and the metro area were hit by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, Marcus and the Entergy Legal Department were at the forefront of the effort to help rebuild the energy infrastructure so vital to the restoration of the city and the return of our people. Those efforts are similar to our mission of opening the doors to the civil justice system for those who cannot afford legal representation – we help them rebuild their lives and move forward again. Marcus and his legal team, in tandem with The Project, are doing important work to keep this community productive and powering through to a better future. We are honored to have Marcus serve as Honorary Chair of The Justice For All Ball, our biggest fundraising effort,” said The Project’s Executive Director, Rachel Piercey.
Explore WWII Museum's Digital Collections
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans encourages the public to explore their Digital Collection, available on their website. The collection currently contains 150 oral histories and over 5,000 photographs.