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Louisiana Organizations: WTC, Louisiana Seafood Festival, New Orleans Super Bowl, French Quarter Fest

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SPORTS-FOUNDATIONBayoubuzz's Louisiana NGO Buzz is changing its name to "Louisiana Organizations News".  The purpose of the page is to promote our organizations in this state as many of them seek funding and assistance. 

 Today's Louisiana Organization focuses upon the French Quarter Festival, World Trade Center, Louisiana Seafood Festival, National Wildlife Federation, Gulf Coast Restoration Summit, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and 404ward: New Orleans Super Bowl,  National Wildlife Federation, the Gulf Coast Restoration Summit and some daily dimes from the Louisiana Budget Project.



French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) is now accepting applications for local musicians interested in performing at the 30th annual French Quarter Festival, to be held April 11-14, 2013. Interested performers should access the application online at The deadline for application is November 1, 2012.

The 2013 festival will feature over 400 hours of great local music across 22 stages throughout the historic French Quarter. French Quarter Festival showcases New Orleans and Louisiana musicians, with genres including traditional and contemporary jazz to rhythm and blues, funk, brass band, folk, gospel, rock, reggae, Latin, and classical. French Quarter Festival's Entertainment Committee makes the final selection of local and regional artists who will perform at the 'largest free music festival in the South.' In 2012, over 570,000 people attended French Quarter Festival.

All New Orleans and Louisiana musicians (both union and non-union) are encouraged to apply. To fill out an application online and learn more about performing at the festival, visit the FQFI website: and click on the word 'application' at the top of the page. To request an application by mail, contact Entertainment Manager Greg Schatz at 504-227-3121 or via email at [email protected].


Chevron presents ASEAN Forum 2012 Hosted by the World Trade Center of New Orleans

The World Trade Center of New Orleans, Chevron, and the State of Louisiana will host the Ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a two day event promoting trade and investment opportunities in both the ASEAN and Gulf Coast regions. The nations represented by their respective Ambassadors include: Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand.

WTCNO will welcome the ASEAN Ambassadors with an evening reception at the Hilton Riverside on Thursday, October 25. The Ambassadors and representatives from state, local, and national public and private entities will convene on Friday, October 26 for a program that will include presentations, individual meetings, and a luncheon with a special keynote speaker.

The Ambassadors will also participate in a number of site visits and receptions with local business and government leaders. They will also conduct presentations and host individual meetings that will provide insight into doing business with Southeast Asia.

Register now to participate in this unprecedented conference.

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ASEAN - Louisiana

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.

•             Bilateral ASEAN-U.S. trade reached $194.4 billion in 2011.

•             Louisiana exports to the ASEAN nations have grown from just $771.5 million to over $3.1 billion since 2005.

•             Louisiana's trade with ASEAN nations has continued to expand, with a 150% increase in agricultural exports and a 600% increase in the value of petroleum and coal exports.

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Register Now

VIP Pass: $450

Includes admission to Opening Reception, Private Dinner at Brennan's, Friday Forum and Exclusive Meet & Greet with the delegation

Forum Pass: $95

Includes admission to Opening Reception and Friday Breakfast, Forum meetings, and Lunch Plenary

Reception Pass: $35

Includes admission to Opening Reception

To view full ticket decriptions please click here>>

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Become a Sponsor

Preferred sponsorship opportunities are available.

To reserve any level of sponsorship for your company, please contact:

Strategic Partnerships Director, Jennifer Lovett

(504) 619-9826

[email protected]  



October 25 - 26, 2012


Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, LA


VIP Pass: $450

Includes admission to Opening Reception, Private Dinner at Brennan's, Friday Forum and Exclusive Meet & Greet with the delegation

Forum Pass: $95

Includes admission to Opening Reception and Friday Breakfast, Forum meetings, and Lunch Plenary

Reception Pass: $35

Includes admission to Opening Reception

Sponsors & Partners

Title Sponsor

Other Sponsors & Partners

Port of South Louisiana


Port of New Orleans

Louisiana Dept. of Culture,

Recreation, and Tourism

City of New Orleans

U.S. Trade & Development Agency

U.S. Small Business Administration

New Orleans Business Alliance




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Louisiana Seafood Festival Happening this Weekend October 12-14

Food, Music, Arts and Crafts Village, Children’s Tent and Chef Demonstrations Among the Highlights


WHAT:           The 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. This year’s festival highlights include: 19 food vendors serving a variety of Louisiana seafood dishes; 20 musical acts across two stages; the Louisiana Seafood Pavilion featuring chef demonstrations from the area’s most notable chefs; arts and crafts village; and a kids pavilion with special activities from the Louisiana Children’s Museum.   

                        Sponsors this year include: Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Miller Lite; Tabasco; Audubon Nature Institute; Entercom Radio; Gambit Weekly;; New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; New Orleans Living Magazine; New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Commission; Our Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine; Republic National Distributing Company; and Where Y’at Magazine.

WHERE:         Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans


WHEN:           Friday, October 12, noon until 10 p.m.

                        Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

                        Sunday, October 14, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.


For the complete schedule visit


All proceeds from the festival go back to the community through various programs supported by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. For more information about the foundation visit

Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and 404ward: New Orleans Super Bowl


We all know that the Super Bowl is a big deal for this city. But how big? And how can we help make sure the event goes off beautifully? The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and 504ward want to give you the inside scoop on how the event is going to impact our city, and we’re also giving you a few free(!) drinks to enjoy while we do it.

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to hear from Jay Cicero, President of the Sports Foundation and the Executive Director of the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee. Jay will share how New Orleans won its 10th Super Bowl bid, what will make this the best Super Bowl to date, and how YOU can be involved as one of the 10,000+ volunteers needed to pull it all off.

There are many perks for volunteering including Super Bowl swag and an invitation to a massive post-event appreciation party, along with priority access to tickets for future sporting events in NOLA. So put on a smile and get excited to welcome the nation to our fine city for its biggest event of the year.

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 National Wildlife Federation

Today the National Wildlife Federation called on Attorney General Eric Holder to ensure BP is held fully responsible for its involvement in the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The letter (attached) comes amid recent media reports suggesting BP has proposed a settlement offer that is significantly less than half of what it would face at trial.

Alarmingly, BP is attempting to once again shirk responsibility for causing the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, purportedly offering a sum less than $20 billion. Such amounts would prove inadequate to repair the Gulf and would allow the oil giant – it netted $25.7 billion in 2011– to escape paying what is required by law, what it can afford, and what is fair in a case with environmental damage of this magnitude.

“This settlement lays the foundation for a renewed Gulf and there is a lot of work to be done,” said John Kostyack, vice president for wildlife conservation at the National Wildlife Federation. “I expect, the public expects, and the Department of Justice would be right to expect that the settlement is adequate to restore the Gulf ecosystem, benefitting wildlife, the people, the economy, and a way of life along the Gulf Coast.”

The Gulf of Mexico is a national treasure, and it was damaged by BP’s risky violations of federal law. It is critical that BP accepts full responsibility for the disaster, and paying an appropriate settlement would be a good start.

Relevant federal law under which BP should be held liable includes:

  • The Oil Pollution Act. Using similar per-gallon amounts paid after the Exxon-Valdez disaster, BP could face more than $31 billion to repair the damage to the environment.
  • The Clean Water Act. Civil fines for simple negligence amount to $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled. However, recent pleadings by the Department of Justice suggest evidence that BP was actually grossly negligent, which increases those fines to $4,300 per barrel spilled. All totaled this results in $5-21 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties alone, and potentially millions more in fines for discharged methane gas.
  • Other environmental statutes. BP faces criminal penalties for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, amounting to additional hundreds of millions of dollars.


For more National Wildlife Federation news visit


The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Gulf Coast Restoration Summit



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:

Best Regards,



Daily Dime

By the Louisiana Budget Project

Retired LSU economics professor is bullish on Louisiana’s economy, predicting the state will add more than 50,000 jobs in 2013 and 2014.

FEMA is waiving $94.9 million that it improperly paid to over 18,000 Louisiana households following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav under the Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act of 2011. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “It is too early to determine the cost-effectiveness of the process because waiver requests and reimbursements are still ongoing.”

The conservative Pelican Institute issued a new report on Louisiana’s school voucher program. Unfortunately, the “progress report” does not reveal any information that isn’t already publicly available on the Department of Education’s website. The scholarship program’s first actual progress report comes when students take their state tests and DOE and BESE conduct their academic review of schools.

Also, the Education Department is delaying its recommendations for grading pre-kindergarten and early childhood education programs. Superintendent of Education John White told the Associated Press, “It was clear some of our leading partners wanted to have more discussion before we have a discussion with BESE.” DOE will present its recommendations at BESE’s December meeting, and a final plan is due to the Legislature by March 1.

The state is backing a proposal to relocate Frontier Airlines to New Orleans by signing a memorandum of understanding with investors to kick in $50 for every new passenger the airline brings to the Crescent City. New Orleans officials have not provided the necessary approval for the project to move forward, citing concerns that the airline will establish a monopoly in New Orleans. Cities with one dominant carrier tend to witness increased fares, other airlines abandoning the airport, and deteriorating service quality.

Finally, Louisiana’s Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expecting a 70 percent voter turnout this election season. Residents can vote early between Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.






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