Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:04

Louisiana Business: Gulf Symposium,New Orleans DDD, Odyssey Ball, Idea Village

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The Downtown Development District of New Orleans is rolling out the red carpet for a VIP Premiere of a new international travel series called Music Voyager.  The feature video, which presents the various music genres in the state, will run on public television, such Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations, along with a variety of broadcast outlets worldwide touching more than 175 million homes in 133 countries. The producers of Music Voyager specifically selected Louisiana to be showcased in their ongoing film series, exclusively featuring the cities of New Orleans, Lafayette and Shreveport (each city is featured in its own segment).  Over the course of the next several weeks, each video segment will premiere in their respective city.  The 30-minute segments take viewers on a fascinating journey of discovery by exploring the uniqueness of each of these Louisiana destinations. Cultural traditions and musical heritage are the threads that link all three parts and these Louisiana cities together.



Gulf Symposium

The symposium, titled “Oil Spill-Induced Trophic Cascades in the Gulf: Exploring Impacts, Research Needs and Management Responses,” was co-sponsored and organized by Mote, the National Wildlife Federation and the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences. The symposium convened approximately 40 experts from fishery management councils, local, state and federal resource management agencies, industry, academic and independent marine research institutions and environmental non-government organizations at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla.

St. Bernard and Katrina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today $1.86 million in funding for repairs at the St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal District.


These federal dollars will repair damages to the office spaces in the warehouse at the Port Harbor. Following Hurricane Katrina, these facilities were submerged in five feet of water for two weeks and sustained damages due to high winds. Repairs to the mechanical, electric and plumbing systems and structural components are needed. The repairs are scheduled for completion by August 2011.


The mouth of the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge is the largest shipping corridor in the world. The St. Bernard Port serves as an unloading site for ocean-going vessels carrying items such as metallic ores and minerals, ferro alloys, petroleum coke, zinc concentrates fertilizers and steel.


Associated Terminals operates the docks and leases the warehouse and offices from the Port Harbor. The warehouse is used to store cargo after it is taken off ships before being loaded onto trains, trucks and barges to be transported throughout the country.


FEMA has obligated a total of $12.4 million to the St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal District. Some of this funding included the construction of a new administrative building, which opened this past summer.


Odyssey Ball

As the New Orleans Museum of Art kicks off its Centennial anniversary, the 45th Odyssey Ball will focus on the incredible collectors whose donations of artwork have helped create our Museum.

Simply put, at NOMA, "Art Lives" because of these amazing patrons. Director Emeritus John Bullard will premiere the newest exhibition: Great Collectors/Great Donors: The Making of the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1910-2010, honoring more than 65 collectors who helped build the Museum's permanent collection.

The honorary chair and special guest for the evening is Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford, who along with her late husband opened the very first Odyssey Ball 45 years ago.


Idea Village

The Idea Village received 195 initial applications and has selected a portfolio of 15 entrepreneurial ventures poised to grow in 2011:

Axon Calc, LLC – SK Khurana & Chris Van Buskirk

Bideo, Inc. – Pike Barkerding

The Durationator(r) Company – Elizabeth Townsend Gard

EMOPP, LLC – Brandon Iglesias & Joseph Kahoe

GTC NOLA, LLC – Alan Fisher

Life City – Elizabeth Shepard

Liveset – Ross Hinkle

Moped Medical – Beau Babst

NOLA Brewing Company – Kirk Coco

The Occasional Wife – Kay Morrison

PollBob – Ben Jacobson & Zach Kupperman

Rare Cuts – Henry Albert

Rebirth Financial – Chonchol Gupta & Xavier Cabo

Spa Workshop – Taylor Galyean

Trias Global, LLC – Anthony Ware

In addition to the entire Idea Village team who will rally behind the ventures, The Idea Village also welcomes serial entrepreneurs Doug Walner and Darin McAuliffe to the team as this season’s Executives-in-Residence as well as McKenzie Coco, Laila Morcos and Camille Terk as Specialist Consultants to provide further in-depth consulting and technical assistance to the IVEC class.



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