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Louisiana Biz: YLC, French Quarter Fest, Entrepreneurship Week, Workboat

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new-orleans-tourismYou know spring is almost here when the Young Leadership Council releases its schedule for its fabulous YLC Wednesday at the Square, when new music stands are announced for the French Quarter Festival, when the ever-growing Idea Village invites the community to its magnificent annual Big Idea event.  It is always good news, anytime of the year, when announcements are made about summits and conventions in the Big Easy, as Workboat Summit did today.  Here is today's Louisiana Business Shorts, which is a compilation of press stories:


YLC Wednesday at the Square

Young Leadership Council unveils its music lineup for the 16th annual YLCWednesday at the Square
Marc Broussard, Irma Thomas, Dumpstaphunk, Marcia Ball, and The Revivalists among headliners for the 12-week concert series, beginning Wednesday, March 11

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Young Leadership Council (YLC) announced the full lineup for its 16th annual YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series, which kicks off on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. with a performance by Marc Broussard and opening act Pocket Aces Brass Band. The series is presented by the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 12-week concert series features several well-known local and regional musical acts including Marc Broussard, Irma Thomas, Amanda Shaw, George Porter, Jr., Kermit Ruffins, TYSSON, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Flow Tribe, The Revivalists, Marcia Ball, Earphunk, Bonerama, Alanna Royale, and more. The concerts will take place every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., March 11through May 27 in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette Square (between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Gallier Hall). See below for the full 2015 lineup.

“This year’s lineup is an extraordinary mix of local and regional musical acts that will undoubtedly draw big crowds,” said T. Semmes Walmsley, 2015 YLC Board President. “We’re looking forward to kicking off the concert series and celebrating the months of hard work put in by Matt Treuting and our dedicated WATS Committee. This series would not be possible without our loyal volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors. We could not be more excited to welcome our members and the greater community to the largest fundraiser of the Young Leadership Council.”

In addition to producing a concert series attended by an average of 6,000 people each week, some of YLC’s historical achievements include raising $425,000 in 1989 to install and illuminate the bridge lights on the Crescent City Connection; launching the successful “Proud To Call It Home” civic pride campaign in 1994; and presenting two public art exhibits, “Festival of Fins” and “A Streetcar Named Inspire,” in 2000 and 2008, respectively.

Building on the organization’s long legacy of service, YLC members logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours working on fourteen community service projects in 2014. YLC has also produced an Annual Role Model Awards Gala since 1987, honoring 25 accomplished individuals from the community each year.

“The success of this concert series directly funds our mission to develop leadership through service projects and civic engagement,” said Curry W. Smith, YLC Executive Director. “When fans attend a WATS concert and buy refreshments, their dollars are invested directly back into our community through YLC’s volunteer-led service projects that range from helping high school students prepare for college with the College Admissions Project to providing sports-based youth development with RECreate and YLC Kicks.”

YLC’s membership is currently composed of 1,200 young professionals between ages 21 and 42, and each of the organization’s fourteen community service projects is led by a team of volunteer project leaders. The 2015 YLC Wednesday at the Square organizing committee is led by YLC volunteers Matt Treuting, Sean Landry, Kevin Roberts, Gerard Schmitz, and Kristin Wiseman.

“Volunteering with YLC has been a truly rewarding experience—one where I can really see the difference that I’ve made on my community,” said Matt Treuting, 2015 YLC Wednesday at the Square Committee Chair and 2014 YLC Board President. “From serving as President of YLC last year to now producing the Wednesday at the Square concert series, the leadership skills I’ve acquired are invaluable and have benefitted me in my career and in how I interact with other organizations.”

In addition to the New Orleans Pelicans, other sponsors for the 2015 series include Republic National Distributing Company, Abita Brewing Company, the Downtown Development District, and Bellwether Technology. The series is also made possible with the generous support of Lafayette Square Conservancy and the Department of Parks & Parkways.

Single-concert and multiple-concert sponsorships for the 2015 series, as well as video board advertising, are still available. For more information on sponsorship and advertising opportunities, including private hospitality tents and a VIP elevated stage experience, contact Caitlin Rudin at [email protected]

2015 Wednesday at the Square Lineup

Wednesday, March 11 Marc Broussard + Pocket Aces Brass Band
Wednesday, March 18 Bonerama + Louisiana Spice
Wednesday, March 25 TYSSON + Mia Borders
Wednesday, April 1 The Revivalists + Robin Barnes
Wednesday, April 8 Kermit Ruffins + Alanna Royale
Wednesday, April 15 Big Sam’s Funky Nation + Amanda Shaw
Wednesday, April 22 Flow Tribe + Sweet Crude
Wednesday, April 29 Marcia Ball + Lynn Drury
Wednesday, May 6 Earphunk + Meschiya Lake
Wednesday, May 13 Dumpstaphunk + Daria & the Hip Drops
Wednesday, May 20 George Porter Jr. and Runnin Pardners + Hazy Ray
Wednesday, May 27 Irma Thomas + Andrew Duhon

In addition to the music acts featured each week, YLC Wednesday at the Square includes an Artist Village, showcasing local handcrafted items including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, t-shirts, and more. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors including Araña Taqueria and Cantina, Cajun Moon Catering, Cook Me Something Mister, Crêpes à la Cart, Frencheeze Food Truck, Froyo Café and Sweets, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Miss Linda the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Ninja Sushi, Plum St. Snoballs, Po’ Girl Catering Company, Salu Bistro and Bar, Saucy’s BBQ, Squeal, and Theo’s Pizza.

Proceeds from food and drink sales will benefit YLC’s community service projects, designed not only to improve the quality of life in the Greater New Orleans area but also to foster leadership skills in young professionals.

For more information on YLC, please visit www.ylcnola.org. For more information on YLC Wednesday at the Square or to volunteer at one of the concerts, please visit www.wednesdayatthesquare.com or email [email protected] Engage with YLCWednesday at the Square on Twitter at @WedattheSquare and @ylcnola.

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The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk® proudly announces its newest partnership with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and the inclusion of a new stage at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza during this year’s festival, April 10th -12th. The new addition, made possible by a co-sponsorship with Harrah’s New Orleans, marks the first time in festival history that Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza has been a part of the annual festival.

Along with the latest shopping, dining and entertainment offerings now available at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk since its widely-acclaimed opening last May, the festival provides another great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the downtown riverfront.

“We are honored to become an official sponsor of French Quarter Festival this year, in collaboration with one of our favorite neighbors, Harrah’s,” said Frank Quinn, General Manager of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. “We consider Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza our front door, and we welcome everybody to the newest riverfront stage in the City.”

Established in 1984, the festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans’ finest artists on stages across the French Quarter. The new partnership with The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, which was officially announced during a press conference on Thursday, February 5th, allows the tradition to grow even more and expand the musical lineup with three days of programming across the traditional French Quarter border of Canal Street.

“French Quarter Festival is thrilled to expand its riverfront stages – the most popular area of the entire festival,” said festival Executive Director Marci Schramm. “The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is an exciting new high-end shopping district for the City, and French Quarter Festival is proud to help showcase the property with a new major stage at the center’s front door, the beautiful Spanish Plaza.”

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, which reopened in May 2014 after a complete redevelopment and significant expansion, isthe nation’s first outlet center in a downtown setting. With an all-star line-up of 75 popular national brands and local favorites, the center is New Orleans’ premium shopping destination. The Riverwalk welcomed more than two million shoppers in its first six months, and it is also the first location in the region for a number of retailers, including Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Coach Men’s Outlet and Tommy Bahama Outlet.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
You’re invited to join us for the 7th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, taking place March 20-27, 2015! 


NOEW is New Orleans’ premier, annual business festival convening entrepreneurs, techies, innovators, dealmakers, thought leaders, and investors from around the world to celebrate and support local, entrepreneurial talent. Hosted on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans, NOEW is produced by The Idea Village and features a dynamic eight-day lineup of over 100 interactive workshops, panel discussions, and social networking events, engaging a roster of world-class speakers with expertise ranging the gamut of business fundamentals and entrepreneurial hot topics. The full 2015 lineup was released today. Check it out here!

WHEN: March 20th – 27th, 2015

WHERE: NOEW 2015 will be headquartered on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans, with select sanctioned events being hosted across the region. Learn more about our new home here.

HOW: Keynotes, workshops, and networking events are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. We’ll have special deals and opportunities for those who pre-register, so register now at NOEW.org.

HIGHLIGHTS: Key NOEW 2015 events include:
• 30 pitch competitions showcasing over 100 entrepreneurs that will award prizes collectively valued at over $275,000 in cash and resources.
• Over 70 keynotes, workshops, and networking events focused on marketing/branding, technology, and raising capital/scaling. Strategic initiatives that will launch efforts to encourage innovation in the healthcare, energy, new media, and food industries.

You can check out the NOEW 2015 featured entrepreneurs here – and the full calendar of events here.

HEADLINERS: 2015 headliners include Beth Comstock, President and CEO of GE Business Innovations and Chief Marketing Officer of GE; Jim Coulter, Founding Partner of TPG Capital; Ross Kimbel, Global Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for The Coca-Cola Company; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute; John Briggs, East Coast Editor at TechCrunch.com; Gabie Boko, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Sage North America; Chef Donald Link, Executive Chef and CEO of Link Restaurant Group; Rhonda Abrams, Bestselling Author and Columnist at USA Today; Kris Frieswick, Senior Editor at Inc.com; Derek Thompson, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Jordan Weissman, Senior Business Editor and Economics Correspondent at Slate; Rob Reily, Chief Marketing Officer of GE Healthcare; Steve Rowley, Senior Vice President of Cox Business; and Charif Souki, CEO of Cheniere.

Additionally, the following national investors have confirmed participation in NOEW 2015: Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, Bernhard Capital Partners, Calvert Funds, Denham Capital Partners, Draper Associates, First Round Capital, Fulcrum Equity Partners, General Atlantic, Granite Ventures, Indicator Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Maven Ventures, Plum Capital, Revolution Ventures, Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate, Simon School Venture Capital Fund, SSM Partners, TD Ventures, TPG Capital, and UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund.

As Forbes put it, “of all of the entrepreneurship conferences and events around the world…NOEW has the most energy and is probably the most fun.”

This year, NOEW officially kicks off at 8pm on Friday, March 20th with a public Opening Celebration anchored at Fulton Alley on Fulton Street. This block-party will feature live music, free bowling, and free Bacardi cocktails. NOEW closes on Friday March 27th at 8pm, with the entire entrepreneurial community convening for The Big Idea, a unique New Orleans-style pitch extravaganza featuring 12 of New Orleans’ most promising startup ventures and a local, celebrity judging panel, complete with over 10 bars and entertainment.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of New Orleans’ biggest entrepreneurial event.


We look forward to seeing you on Fulton Street!

WorkBoat Regional Summit

Mike Toohey, president and CEO of the Waterways Council Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the WorkBoat Regional Summit Future of the Inland Waterways on March 31 in New Orleans.
Toohey, who was vice President of government affairs for Ashland Inc. for 19 years, will discuss the current state of the inland waterways, river infrastructure and other issues. 
After Toohey’s morning keynote, the “Inland Towboat Design & Trends Panel Discussion & Roundtable Talks”, led by Tommy Parfait, owner, Parfait Maritime Designs, and Austin Golding, co-owner, Golding Barge Line, will kick off the day’s discussion topics. 
Parfait and Golding will focus on ways towboat operators can make vessels more comfortable and fuel-efficient, from air bellows systems that help reduce vibrations and noise to Z-drives for fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance costs. 
Other topics featured in the one-day Regional Summit include the “Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways” and “Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators.”
WorkBoat Regional Summits are one-day conferences that address topics that impact a specific region and market sector. The summits allow for in-depth discussion, peer-to-peer networking and solution-driven conversations.

Participation in the WorkBoat Regional Summit: Future of the Inland Waterways includes a networking breakfast, lunch and breaks, a keynote address, and panel and roundtable discussions. Those registered before March 3 qualify for the early bird reduced price of $395. Advance registration from March 3 to March 30 is $425. On-site registration is $495. For more information

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