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Round Louisiana: NOCCA, Blue Cross, Red River Revel, Mississippi Delta

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LouisianaAveryIsland2What's Round Louisiana today?  News from media releases for NOCCA, Blue Cross, Mississippi Delta and Red River Revel


Fantastic news! The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation's mid-week workshops in New Orleans are moving to a NEW VENUE!

Starting Thursday September 10th 2015, the workshops will be held at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts)

Details of the venue, as well as the NVT educational programs and other events are at And please "Like" the NOCCA Facebook page at


Anthony Tardugno has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as senior vice president and chief information officer and security officer. In these roles, he will lead information technology investment and transformational efforts. 

Tardugno previously served as the senior vice president and chief information officer at AvMed Health Plan, where he managed a staff of 150 with a budget of $32 million. He also held positions with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Rochester, New York, and with Kodak and Xerox prior to AvMed.
Tardugno holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the State University of New York in Oswego. He is a graduate of AHIP’s Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.


The international Changing Course design competition today announced its winning teams and the teams’ 100-year visions for restoring and sustaining the Mississippi River Delta for the people and industries that call it home. The winning teams – comprised of some of the world’s top engineers, coastal scientists, planners and designers – are Baird & Associates, Moffatt & Nichol, and Studio Misi-Ziibi.
“We challenged the world’s top experts to find the most innovative ways to make sure that New Orleans and southeast Louisiana aren’t held hostage to worsening storms, rising seas and a disappearing delta,” said Steve Cochran, Associate Vice President of Ecosystems at Environmental Defense Fund and a member of the Changing Course Leadership Team. “We hope the winning ideas will help citizens, communities, industries and governments engage in real conversations about what it’s going to take to make this important region more resilient and prosperous.”
The winning teams’ designs are based on a 100-year planning horizon and focus on maximizing the Mississippi River’s natural and sustainable land-building potential while taking into the account of needs of navigation and other industries, flood control and sustainable community development – a challenge raised by the state of Louisiana’s master planning process.
“Because of the quality of the work, the State has committed to bringing the technical work from Changing Course into its process of analyzing the management scheme for the Lower Mississippi River,” said Kyle Graham, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Executive Director. “We look forward to working with the teams.”
Over the last century, nearly 1,900 square miles of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands have vanished. Every hour, a football field-sized swath of land drowns in the Gulf’s advancing tides. At this rate, by 2100, Louisiana’s protective coast will be gone. The solutions proposed by the winning teams focus primarily on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans.
While each of the winning teams offered a different vision, all three identified three major themes as critical to sustaining the Mississippi River Delta today and into the future:
• A clear focus on a sustainable delta through using the natural forces of the Mississippi River;
• Maximum integration of navigation, flood control and restoration, including consideration of ideas for a better and more sustainable navigation channel;
• Consideration of a gradual transition of industry and communities into more protected and resilient communities, over time.
“As sea levels rise, communities around the world, particularly in major river deltas, need novel approaches to find sustainable solutions. Changing Course is a great example of how world-class expertise can be combined with local wisdom to produce ideas that work,” said Dr. Don Boesch, Changing Course Leadership Team member and Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.


The 40th annual Red River Revel Arts Festival will be held, Oct. 3-10, 2015, in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. The Red River Revel Arts Festival attracts more than 120,000 visitors annually to Festival Plaza, making it the largest outdoor arts festival in northern Louisiana. The 2015 event will open with the annual Red River Revel Run 5K/15K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, kicking off eight days of live music featuring national headliners, Louisiana favorites, and local and regional performers on four stages along with 108 artist booths, 23 food booths and more. Admission is $5 on weekends, free Monday, and $5 after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. 2015 Revel Primary Sponsors are the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, CHASE, City of Shreveport, Pepsi Beverages Company, Ford Motor Company, and The Alta & John Franks Foundation.  
Revel 40 headliners include rising stars, popular favorites and breakout artists. Headliners include: Louisiana’s LeRoux,Cowboy Mouth, Black Water Bride (10/3); Be the Change Tour ft. OBB, Shinebright, All Things New (10/4); FLY Dance Company, Big Bang Boom!® (10/5, 6, & 10), Big Daddy Weave Fall 2015 Tour ft. Jason Gray and Citizen Way (10/7); Moon Taxi, Louisiana Swamp Donky [sic] (10/8); Logan Mize, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Windstorm Band (10/9); Robert Earl Keen, Cody Cooke & the Bayou Outlaws, Dirtfoot (10/10).  A complete live music schedule is available at 
The Red River Revel Arts Festival is ranked one of the Top 10 Events in Louisiana by Top Events USA, a Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine, an official AAA Southern Traveler "Travel Treasure,” and a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. 
For more details, including operating hours, admissions, food vendors, shuttle information, area hotels, and a list of sponsors and supporters, visit


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