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Louisiana Business: LED Lantern Awards, DoubleTree, BP Oil Spill Impact

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Nominations are being accepted for Louisiana Economic Development's 2011 Lantern Awards. Each year, the Lantern Awards recognize one outstanding manufacturer from each of Louisiana's eight Regional Planning and Development Districts.. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, May 2.

Nomination packets can be found at the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts' website, Nomination packets should be submitted to the corresponding planning district office. Anyone may nominate a manufacturer for the award.

"We are delighted to recognize some of Louisiana's leading manufacturing companies for their contributions to our state's economy," said LED Secretary Stephen Moret. "While we continue to attract new business investment to our state, our top economic development priority remains retaining existing Louisiana employers that already contribute so much to our state economy."

Awards will be presented Tuesday, June 14, during a reception held at the Governor's Mansion. Award winners are selected based on their excellence in manufacturing and community involvement during the three years prior to the nomination. The state has recognized more than 250 selected manufacturers since 1979.

Lanterns received by the award recipients are handcrafted and donated by Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights in New Orleans. Since 1945, Bevolo has manufactured traditional and antique lighting.

The Lantern Awards are a partnership among LED, Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and Louisiana Quality Foundation. For more information about the 2011 Lantern Awards, contact Skip Smart at 225.342.4321 or [email protected].


DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the addition of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La. Located at the northeast corner of Louis Armstrong International Airport, the full-service hotel is located 12 miles from downtown New Orleans and within minutes of such important convention, business and leisure points of interest as Pontchartrain Center, Treasure Chest Casino, St James Business Park, the Esplanade Shopping and Entertainment District and Norco Refinery.

 “The DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport is an outstanding addition to our brand portfolio of more than 30 hotel locations serving some of the world’s major gateway airports,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “The debut of this DoubleTree by Hilton location continues to demonstrate the development potential and flexibility of our brand’s worldwide portfolio of hotels and resorts – which includes many locations in key suburban markets and airport locations of major metropolitan areas.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport will soon embark on a $3 million renovation project that will lead to an array of product, service and design enhancements throughout this 248-room hotel. Guests already can enjoy complimentary, wireless high-speed Internet access in guestrooms and public areas; MP3-compatible alarm clocks and the luxurious Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree linen package in guestrooms; a comprehensive fitness center, and a seasonal, outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. River City Creole Grille serves contemporary Creole/Cajun cuisine breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, sophisticated setting.

BP Oil Spill

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, experts tracking the impacts of the BP oil disaster will come together with citizens for an evening of education and dialogue focused on the disaster's impacts to our environment and communities, and how Louisiana researchers are addressing these concerns.


The Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Louisiana Bucket Brigade will host a science forum featuring Dr. Alex Kolker, Dr. Caz Taylor, Paul Orr with Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper and Anne Rolfes with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to discuss these vital issues.


This event highlights the three major areas of concern related to the BP oil disaster and the long-term outlook for recovery. Support for independent research is an essential step in our recovery and will help ensure that vital information along the long road to restoration is transparent.


The event is held at Tulane Law School, Weinmann Hall, Room 110 on Wednesday March 30 from 7:00 - 9:00pm with doors opening at 6:30

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