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Louisiana Business: Landrieu, Salazar, Hazard Mitigation, Unemployment, GNO Inc

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Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. announced that accomplished visual effects artist and animation supervisor Huck Wirtz is launching his new company, Bayou FX, as the first major new tenant in the I.P. North Building owned by Feil Organization and located in downtown Covington, La. Wirtz's experience includes work on Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Wild Wild West, Pearl Harbor, Men in Black 2, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and the upcoming Mars Needs Moms. A Louisiana native originally from Abita Springs, Wirtz will officially open his business in January 2011, further expanding and strengthening the regional digital media industry.

Bayou FX will focus on two areas of visual effects: composting/painting/rotoscoping and match moving, cornerstone techniques of the 2-D and 3-D film industries. The company will also offer computer animation work and animation/motion-capture consulting services. With over 15 years of experience in the California film industry, Wirtz adds his talents and industry relationships to a burgeoning creative and digital media sector in southeastern Louisiana.


Landrieu Receives Commitment from Sec. Salazar,

Drops Hold of OMB Nominee Jack Lew

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced late Thursday night that she has dropped her hold on Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew was later confirmed by the Senate.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“Tonight I received a commitment from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to provide certainty and regulatory clarity to an industry that has operated in the dark for months with shifting rules. The Secretary will come to Louisiana on Monday to meet with industry and express the Administration’s support for the oil and gas industry. He will outline the path forward so that permits will be issued and the people of Louisiana can get back to work in this vital industry. Given this commitment, I released my hold, so that Jack Lew can get to work balancing the federal budget and putting this country back on a path of fiscal discipline.”

For Sen. Landrieu’s full comments on the Senate floor

Louisiana Unemployment

The latest Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims files from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).  Initial UI claims for the week ending November 13, 2010, increased to 4,041 from 3,974 for the week ending November 6, 2010.  Continued UI weeks claimed for the week ending November 13, 2010, increased to 48,436 from the previous week's total of 47,975

Louisiana Legislature's Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery, Hazard Mitigation Program

The Louisiana Legislature's Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery will hold a public hearing in New Orleans, Monday, November 22th, in the New Orleans City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70211, beginning at 5 p.m.

During the meeting, the Office of Community Development will provide a report on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, including details on the EMA funded program and the CDBG funded program for Individual Mitigation Measures. The OCD  will give an update on the Road Home Homeowner Program including an update on pipeline of applicants, additional disbursements for elevation and additional compensation grants, action plan amendment 45 approval by HUD, and an update on program compliance and monitoring activities. Information will also be provided on the  Small Rental Property program, including the status of advance payment to landlords and the status of the initiative program. There will be an update on discussions with the City of New Orleans  Code Enforcement Office regarding persons in hurricane recovery programs.

The committee encourages public participation and would like to hear from applicants and concerned citizens regarding these programs.  However, public comments will be limited to three minutes per person in order to accommodate all who wish to speak.

The Select Committee was created by the Senate President and House Speaker to assist the Legislature in understanding and tracking the progress and efficiency of the expenditures of federal disaster funds received for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.    The committee will make recommendations to the House and Senate concerning hurricane policies in an attempt to speed recovery in all affected areas of the state.

New Orleans recently held a celebratory dinner where a $100,000 grant was awarded to Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor provides free, confidential, 24-hour service to survivors of domestic violence in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. They plan to use the grant to help finance expansion of its current facilities, including providing a larger space for the organization’s children’s program.

 Humana Communities Benefit – How Safe Harbor plans to use the grant money.

New York City's Digital Map Puts In-Depth GIS Data a Few Clicks Away

How about this for Louisiana?

NYCityMap takes user input and generates maps that show nearby services and locations.

New York City's Digital Map

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