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Louisiana NGO: BRAC, GNO Inc, Lafayette Chamber, Mrs. Jindal and Breast Cancer Week, Wooden Boats

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wooden-boatsToday's Louisiana's NGO Buzz presents press releases focusing upon BRAC and GNO Inc, the Lafayette Chamber Golf Classic, The Mandeville wooden boats, the Jefferson Parish Chamber bike race fundraiser, school choice, New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and Ruby Bridges, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Gulf Coast Restoration Summit.  But first, a very special event that was held this past Friday featuring Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, well, kind of, anyway.




Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis impressionists are hits for Louisiana Legends at New Orleans Mint CLICK HERE



Chamber Golf Classic Registration   

It's time to chart your course and register for the 2012 Chamber Golf Classic.  Presented by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, this year's event will take place Monday, October 22, 2012, at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.  

For more information or to register for the tournament please contact our Events Director, Angelle Theriot at (337) 408-3657 or [email protected]  


Southeast Super-Region Committee awarded gold medal by IEDC


NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced that the Southeast Super-Region Committee (SRC) was awarded a gold medal from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for “Regionalism and Cross-border Collaboration.” The SRC, composed of GNO, Inc. and BRAC board members, works to foster cooperation for mutual benefit between the Baton Rouge area and Greater New Orleans regions, which together form the “Southeast Super-Region.” The SRC represents an unprecedented level of cooperation between the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions. 

“With so much at stake for our Southeast Super-Region, we must work together on issues of mutual benefit in order to remain competitive with other major regions,” said Roger Ogden, Chairman of the Southeast Super-Region Committee. “It represents not only a new and more effective level of economic development, but an elevated level of community interaction, in general.” 

“This award is validation that, when it comes to economic and community development, regionalism and even super-regionalism is the winning strategy,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “From the development of the GRAD Act, to enhancements to innovation like the Angel Credit, to supporting passage of the RESTORE Act, the SRC is driving results that may not have been possible without this partnership.” 

“By working together as a Super-Region, we are forging new ground to bring together our two regions,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “The alignment of the Baton Rouge area and the New Orleans region allows for joint marketing activities internationally, unified efforts on state policy reforms, and infrastructure development. Having our efforts recognized on a national level proves that we are making good strides for the super region efforts.” 

“We recognize Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.” 

The SRC focuses on issues important to both regions, and which both regions can more effectively prosecute together. Current issues include:

education reform;

international trade;

inter-regional transportation;

airport and flight connectivity;

coastal restoration; and,

innovation and entrepreneurship.



METAIRIE, La. – Registration has started for the 6th Annual Tour de Jefferson.

The Tour de Jefferson has become one of the premier cycling events in the region. Organizers are preparing for 1,000 participants to arrive Sunday, November 4 at Bayou Segnette State Park.

The bike ride consists of three routes; 25 and 35 miles for leisure riders and 50 miles for more seasoned riders.  All routes offer riders a scenic bike tour though two parks, Bayou Segnette State Park and Jean Lafitte National Park.  Riders will bike on paths through southern Jefferson along the Mississippi River Trail past bayous and moss covered oaks. There will be scenic rest stops along the way equipped with plenty of energizing snacks and drinks. The ride will finish at the Bayou Segnette State Park Wave Pool where riders will enjoy good food and music for the Fin du Tour after party. The band, Neutral Snap, will take the stage at 10:45 a.m. followed by Refuguze from 11:45 - 1:45.

Check-in time begins at 7:30 a.m. at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego.  The bike ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and riders must finish by 1:30 p.m.  Registration costs are $35 per adult and $20 for 17 and under on the day of the race.

Those interested in participating can call the Jefferson Chamber at (504) 835-3880 or register online by visiting

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce has organized the 6th Annual Tour de Jefferson, with major support given by Peake BMW. The bike ride’s primary goal is to enhance the awareness of quality of life amenities and recreational venues in Jefferson Parish with a healthy, fun, family friendly event.

For more information visit




Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis impressionists are hits for Louisiana Legends at New Orleans Mint

New Orleans Go Red For Women 2012 Displays Big Heart

Video: Jindal inauguration and ball

Bayoubuzz's Christmas and Hanukah video

Video: Louisiana SPCA Gala Another Howling Success

A Jazzy Gala: Preservation Hall At 50 Showcases Song Of New Orleans

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Saints, Mercedes-Benz And Superdome, The Best of Class

New Orleans Chpt. American Cancer Society Gala Brings Hope For Cure

Video Of New Orleans Deanie's Seafood, Artist Vella Give To Wetland

Louisiana Center for Women And Government Inducts, Honors And Inspires

New Orleans Go Red For Women Shows Big Heart

JPAS Shows Its Talents In New Orleans At Eiffel

Hats Off To New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild’s Mad Hatter Masquerade

New Orleans’s CAC Celebrates Pre-Valentines Hearts With Its GalaSweetArts

Vince Vance's Annual 39th Birthday Bash

Gumbo DanceSport Championship 2011 in Baton Rouge, La--

(Contact us if you have an event you want a Bayoubuzz Video)




Champions for School Choice to Give First Quarter Update on the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Who:               Community organizations, civic and business leaders, and local champions for school choice including speakers:

Eric Lewis, State Director, Black Alliance for Educational Options

            Emily Paul, Principal, Good Shepherd School

            Dr. Jan Daniel Lancaster, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of New Orleans

            Senator Conrad Appel, Chairman, Senate Education Committee

            John White, State Superintendent of Education

What:              First school quarter update on the Louisiana Scholarship Program

When:             Tuesday, October 9; 2PM

Where:            Good Shepherd School, Library

                        353 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Why:               This is the first year of the expanded Louisiana Scholarship Program.  In 2012, parents of nearly 5,000 students across Louisiana had the opportunity to choose a school that would best meet their child’s academic needs through the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

School choice improves a child’s opportunity for success in school and life.

All children in Louisiana deserve a high quality education. 



The 3rd Annual New Orleans Children’s Book Festival presented by civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and First Lady Cheryl Landrieu will consist of two extraordinary free family-friendly events to be held on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Twinkle, Twinkle: A Night of Music Inspired by Children’s Literature
October 19, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Twinkle, Twinkle is a special concert of classical music inspired by children’s literature performed by the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras.

Families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets for a night of music under the stars.

This free event will take place on the lawn of Latter Branch Library.

Children’s Book Festival
October 20, 2012
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The 3rd Annual New Orleans Children’s Book Festival will promote literacy by providing children with the opportunity to hear readings from renowned authors.

This free festival also features food, live music and a variety of engaging activities for children of all ages

Brand new donated books will be distributed to festival attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Latter Branch Library
5120 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges
First Lady Cheryl Landrieu

On December 4, 2010, the Ruby Bridges Foundation partnered with First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and other community supporters to launch the 1st Annual New Orleans Children’s Book Festival. The inaugural festival took place on the grounds of the Latter Branch Library and attracted thousands of attendees.

Ms. Bridges and Mrs. Landrieu both believe strongly in literacy and the power of education. This event affords children from all backgrounds the opportunity to get to know one another through the love of books and learning. The festival offers unique opportunities for children and parents to interact with exceptional writers and storytellers and to enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and demonstrations.


For the fifth consecutive year, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, First Lady Supriya Jindal announced today that the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion will be lit pink the nights of Monday, October 8 thru Thursday, October 11.

First Lady Supriya Jindal said, “Thousands of Louisianans have witnessed the effects of breast cancer, if not personally, than through a mother, sister, loved one or friend. It is critical that women stay informed of advanced technologies and take steps to detect breast cancer early. It is my hope that lighting the Mansion pink may serve a reminder that together we can take a stand against breast cancer."

“Louisiana’s breast cancer incidence rate is better than the national average; alarmingly, though, our state has the second highest breast cancer death rate in the nation,” said Bruce D. Greenstein, secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. “This means too many women aren’t getting treatment until it’s too late. When breast cancer is found early, usually during screening exams, there is a greater chance it can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully. I challenge you to make today the day you take control of your future – schedule a mammogram. While you’re at it, commit to taking steps that will reduce your risk of getting cancer while improving your overall health. Studies show controlling your weight, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol consumption can help lower your risk of cancer, as well as certain chronic diseases.”

Nationwide, an estimated 226,870 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually.  In Louisiana, 3,320 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 660 will die from breast cancer in 2012.  Thankfully, with screenings and early detection, women have a 99% better chance of surviving passed the five-year mark.

According the American Cancer Society (ACS), women over 40 years old are encouraged to receive regular breast cancer screenings, including a mammogram, every year. The ACS recommends women in between the ages of 20 and 39 receive a clinical breast exam every three years.

The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program provides quality, no-cost, breast and cervical cancer early detection services to un- or under-insured, low and moderate-income women aged 40 or over. Special emphasis is given to reaching women who rarely or never receive screening services.  LBCHP's goal is to prevent unnecessary disease, disability or premature death due to cancer of the breast and cervix in Louisiana women.   For more information, call toll-free 1-888-599-1073.

For additional information on breast cancer and the screenings available throughout Louisiana, please visit the American Cancer Society's website, LBCHP's website and/or and their local affiliate’s websites:



Join hundreds of government, business, and community leaders at the GULF COAST RESTORATION SUMMIT, to be held in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 19, 2012.

Register by this Friday for a substantial discount.  Register Here. As always, registration for government officials, military employees, and the news media is complimentary.

The RESTORE Act has been signed into law! Under the RESTORE Act, the 5 Gulf States will receive 80% of the money BP is expected to pay for the oil spill - those fines could reach $21 billion. Money from the fines could create tens of thousands jobs during the next ten years. This is a game-changer for the region, providing enormous new economic and business opportunities in environmental restoration, economic development, tourism, real estate, construction, transportation, energy, and more!

Get the latest information at this all-day regional and national conference from top leaders on:

$21 billion in RESTORE Act monies

Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas priorities for RESTORE Act monies

$1 billion in BP early restoration projects

New BP oil spill claims process

New monies, programs, and contracts for jobs, economic development, environmental restoration, tourism, real estate, construction, and more!

The Summit will consist of top speakers at morning and afternoon general sessions, an exhibition of leading companies, a leadership luncheon, and a VIP leadership reception.

Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Seating is limited - register now!

Register Here

• Free registration is provided to government and military officials and the news media.
• The early registration fee is $175.00, providing you with the morning and afternoon general sessions, important Summit materials, and access to the exhibition. Register by this Friday.
• The early VIP registration fee is $275, providing you with the morning and afternoon general sessions, important Summit materials, the exhibition, AND a very special VIP Reception with key decision-makers on Sunday evening, November 18. Register by this Friday.

For more information, including sponsorship and exhibiting details, contact us at [email protected] 

More than 600 leaders participated in the GULF COAST RESTORATION SUMMIT in Destin, Florida on June 11, the GULF COAST RESTORATION SUMMIT in New Orleans on August 17, and the HURRICANE ISAAC RECONSTRUCTION SUMMIT in Slidell, Louisiana on September 24. Here are attendee highlights:

United States Congress, Senior Congressional Staff, State of Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, Harrison County, State of Louisiana, State of Florida, Florida Legislature, State of Alabama, City of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish, Jefferson Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Calcasieu Parish, United Houma Nations, City of Pensacola, Escambia County Florida, Gulf County Florida, City of Destin, City of Panama City Beach, Tampa Port Authority, American Red Cross, Iron Workers District Council of Texas, LSU, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University, Florida State University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, USAF Hurlburt Field, Louisiana Associated General Contractors, East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Energy Network, National Science Foundation, National Park Service, University of South Alabama, Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gulf South Research Corporation, Acadiana Regional Development District, Shaw Coastal, Hydrik Flood Control, AquaFence, Carr Riggs & Ingram, Adams and Reese, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Phoenix Architectural Products, Dewberry, Wayfarer Environmental Technologies, Parsons, Jacobs, Burke-Kleinpeter, Terracon, Bertucci Contracting Comany, RCI, Cockfield Jackson Architects, Landis Construction, Odebrecht Construction, Boh Brothers Construction, Durr Heavy Construction, Crystal Beach Development, Gulf Concrete Technology, Preble-Rish, Ashbritt, Suntrust Bank, Coldwell Banker, Pepco Energy, BP, and many more!

We look forward to seeing you in Biloxi for the next premier event on Gulf Coast restoration. 

For further background information:


It's that time of year again, the 23rd Annual Wooden Boat Festival held on the the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, La. is right around the corner. 

The food, the music, and of course, the boats reflect the unique culture of South Louisiana, the festival capital of the World.

We would appreciate your consideration for coverage and would be happy to arrange an interview at your convenience.

A media advisory containing details is below for your review, please contace me for additional information. 

Joint Committee of GNO, Inc. and BRAC Recognized for Regionalism
and Cross-border Collaboration

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