Thursday, 23 August 2012 03:55

Louisiana Business: Katrina Anniversary, Microsoft, Cox Business, John White

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Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will re-light the light in the New Canal Lighthouse at West End.  Katrina destroyed this landmark and it will be brought back to life as the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center!  The Re-lighting will be full of activities to mark this wonderful event beginning with a Press Conference with Senator Mary Landrieu set to take place at 5:15 p.m. at the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive. Senator David Vitter will be present for the Re-Lighting.  Other speakers include Susan Guidry of the New Orleans City Council. The first Annual Re-Light the Light Run/Walk and Relighting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening, August 29, 2012The 2 Mile & ½ Mile Run Walk will take place along beautiful Lakeshore Drive and proceeds from the race will benefit Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) and the rebuilding of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

Entry Fees:  Check or Credit Card:  Payable to NOLA Running Systems (NORSI)

                     $20 Pre-Registered by August 20th

                     $15 Registered Youth (15-under) and Seniors (65-up) valid thru race day

                     $25 after August 20th thru race day

                     $20 Day of race no t-short entry will be available


How to Register:  Online:

                                By Mail:  NORSI, P.O. Box 2348, Kenner, LA 70063 (postmarked by August 22nd)

Louisiana Technology

The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber's Technology Task Force and the Louisiana Technology Council are co-hosting a disaster recovery seminar on Thursday, August 30th at 3p.m. at the Parish Main Library.

Jindal and PreSonus

On August 22, 2012, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new high-tech headquarters and research facility. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal led the list of guests of honor, attending in recognition of PreSonus’ contributions to the state and local economy.
A leading manufacturer of digital and analog hardware and integrated software systems for the professional audio market, PreSonus has expanded from 49 employees in 2009 to more than 130 employees worldwide, including the 80 full-time employees who are overflowing its current offices on Florida Boulevard.  According to PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, PreSonus has grown its revenues by more than 50% last year and is slated to enter new product categories to continue its growth.
Designed by local architects Ritter Maher, LLC, and developed by Moniotte Investments, the new 44,000-square-foot building—located at 19151 Highland Road—will cost approximately $8.3 million including land and development.  Completion is expected in the late summer of 2013. It will easily accommodate at least 125 employees—crucial because PreSonus is continuing to grow and hire—and offers many amenities that are not available in the company’s current space.
Among the unique features of this building will be a specialized high-tech recording studio/R&D space that is being custom-designed for PreSonus’ engineering and testing teams by the award-winning Walters-Storyk Design Group of Highland, New York. The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio will feature a control room, a 500-square-foot live-sound room, two isolation rooms, a video-production suite, five test labs as well as a separate 1,500-square-foot live-sound room.
PreSonus’ rapid growth, local hiring, and emphasis on digital engineering qualified it for LED Digital Interactive Media and Software Development tax-credits. This program supports the creation of quality digital-engineering jobs that stay in the Baton Rouge community. Historically, companies like PreSonus have usually located on the East or West Coast. However, the tax-credit program has helped make it possible for PreSonus to grow and prosper in its home city, investing these funds in new engineering staff and in research and development. Many of the new hires are highly skilled digital-hardware and software engineers residing in the Baton Rouge area.
Much of the engineering team graduated from the LSU Engineering Department, and the company was recently named to the LSU 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. PreSonus also is working with LSU in an effort to develop local design talent through the university’s outstanding engineering programs and internships.
August 22 marks the beginning of the next stage of PreSonus’ growth and its continuing contributions to high-tech employment in Baton Rouge. Look for much more to come from this vibrant company.




While working to beat back a fire death rate well above the national average, fire departments across Louisiana also are struggling with limited budgets to support fire prevention education. "Firefighters' first priority is always to save lives and prevent injury," said State Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning. "And the best way to protect lives is to prevent fires in the first place. That's the value of fire prevention education and the value of community investment."

The online tool, Sparky's Wish List, works much like a modern bridal registry. Fire departments register for the items they need (DVDs, posters, stickers, etc.) and others go online to make the purchases. The materials ship directly to the fire departments.


 Cox Business

 Cox Business is helping improve the learning experience in classrooms across the nation with enterprise-grade communications technology. School districts from Lafayette, Louisiana to Orange County, California have chosen Cox Business voice, video and data services to enable virtual learning and enhanced collaboration among students, parents and teachers. Cox Business is a leader in providing technology solutions to regional K-12 and higher education facilities, servicing over 5,000 schools across the country and benefiting more than 3.2 million students with a more robust learning experience. As one of the founding members of Cable in the Classroom, a national initiative to provide schools with access to video and broadband content for learning, Cox has a long-standing commitment to education excellence. In addition to now serving Louisiana's two largest school systems, Cox Business also serves the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) with Cox Fiber Optical Network, interconnecting 23 RSD Schools in New Orleans and 46 charter schools throughout the state. All of these locations are directly connected to theLouisiana Department of Education's network where administrators in schools and support offices manage voice, data and Internet traffic from a single network fueling maximum efficiency.


State Superintendent, John White, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., today announced that Louisiana is the fifth state in the nation to launch and implement the Microsoft IT Academy Program at all public high schools statewide. The Microsoft IT Academy Program provides students and teachers with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st century global economy. This announcement highlights Louisianaleadership's commitment to produce the most technology-savvy and literate workforce in the world. The adoption of the Microsoft IT Academy Program will help ensure equality of access to every public high school student across Louisiana, regardless of location, size or economic status. The deployment of the Microsoft IT Academy Program and teacher-readiness plan is being managed through the Louisiana Department of Education. Phase I will begin with the following 21 districts across the state this fall, with the intent that all high schools participate by the end of the fall semester.

  • Ascension Parish
  • Caddo Parish
  • Calcasieu Parish
  • City of Bogalusa Schools
  • City of Monroe Schools
  • East Baton Rouge Parish
  • East Carroll Parish
  • Evangeline Parish
  • Jefferson Parish
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Pointe Coupee Parish
  • Richland Parish
  • St. Bernard Parish
  • St. Martin Parish
  • St. Mary Parish
  • St. Tammany Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish
  • Vernon Parish
  • Webster Parish
  • West Carroll Parish
  • Winn Parish

Students are able to earn certifications, such as Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate or Microsoft Certified Professional, by completing the Microsoft IT Academy Program coursework and passing industry-recognized certification exams, giving them skills employers seek. By spring 2013, the Louisiana Department of Education will have provided all public high schools access to the Microsoft IT Academy Program curriculum in various career and technical education courses, such as the computer information systems course sequences.

More information on Microsoft's efforts in education is available at Details on the Microsoft IT Academy Program are available at

For more information regarding the Louisiana Department of Education and its implementation of the Microsoft IT Academy Program, or contact Mr. Barry Landry at [email protected] or 1-877-453-2721. SOURCE Louisiana Department of Education

 Blow Dry New Orleans

    Studio One Style Bar, New Orleans' premiere Blow Dry Bar has finally opened in Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 29 B.  Metro area ladies rejoice:  you can now get a "blow out" without having to visit a pricey salon, and not sacrificing the salon experience!  The beautiful Studio One Style Bar caters to women on-the-go; saving time, money and reducing stress.  Studio One strives to create a more social experience for its customers, while delivering pampering bliss (with complimentary champagne) from its team of professional stylists.  Services include blowouts, brazilian blowouts, makeup, eyelash, eyebrow, threading, waxing, facial, hot shave, nail polishing, party planning and image consulting. Packages range from the popular “Style Bar Special” blow out including shampoo, condition, head massage and blow dry styling for only $35 to the Bridal Package with HD photo makeup application and any hairstyle/updo for $110.     Studio One hosts themed events in the studio, such as the upcoming "Before and After" makeover event on Friday, September 7th, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, where teams of professional stylists and artists will pamper and transform guests with amazing results for only $50.  Studio One Style Bar is proud to participate in special events benefitting Children's Hospital.  For full Menu details, exclusive offers and more information, visit and like them on Facebook.

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