infrastructure en Federal Water Projects Bill Funds Levees And Flood Gates <p>Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to levees and flood control gates in Louisiana.<br /><br />Obama singled out two of the bill's main negotiators for praise — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.<br /><br />The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago.<br /> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 62268 at Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready' <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, <a href="">"The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs,"</a> focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.<p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs.&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 60824 at Report: New Orleans A National Leader In Infrastructure Jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report released Friday by the Brookings Institution shows New Orleans as having one of the leading workforces in infrastructure business in the nation. The jobs that fall under that new category are paying high wages and are expected to last for several years.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 60400 at Senator Landrieu Visting Coastal Communities to Mark Restore Act <p>Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is visiting coastal areas today to mark passage of the Restore Act. Exactly how much money the state can expect from BP fines is still being worked out. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 15320 at Corps Restarts Bidding for New Orleans Floodgates, Pumps <p>The Army Corps of Engineers has restarted bidding for a $700 million contract to design and build permanent storm surge closure and pump stations on three canals that end in Lake Pontchartrain. Levees on two of them broke after Hurricane Katrina, letting floodwaters into the city.</p><p>The projects represent the final major construction of the post-Katrina levee system.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:48:20 +0000 The Associated Press 13981 at New Orleans Plans to Fix Streetlights <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; New Orleans hopes to have every streetlight in the city back on by the end of the year.</p><p>The city says there are about 10,900 streetlights not working and 4,793 of those are in need of repairs.</p><p>Mayor Mitch Landrieu said &quot;lighting up the city&quot; will make the city safer.</p><p>Jon Johnson, city councilman for eastern New Orleans, says many residents are afraid to leave their homes at night because of broken lighting.</p><p>The mayor says workers have fixed about 16,000 streetlights since he took office. The city owns about 54,400 streetlights.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 15:12:06 +0000 The Associated Press 10125 at