The trip is aimed at seeking new foreign investment for Louisiana. It also offers an opportunity for the possible presidential candidate to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
An economic development mission starts in London and continues in Switzerland and Germany. Jindal, his wife, chief of staff and economic development secretary are all included. The group returns January 20th.
Jindal will meet with executives of five companies in the manufacturing and services industries.
Neighborhood groups came out strongly on Tuesday against a massive overhaul of the codes governing new development in New Orleans, setting the stage for fights over new condominiums along the Mississippi River, the spread of live music into quiet neighborhoods and the delicate balance between economic growth and residents' wishes.
The groups paid for a new billboard near City Hall calling on city leaders to "Fix the CZO!," a reference to the new 600-plus page comprehensive zoning ordinance under review. The City Council is expected to adopt the new codes this year.
The countdown to Mardi Gras is under way in New Orleans.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu planned to note the beginning of the Carnival season with a news conference today. It's planned at a riverside warehouse where many of the floats for Carnival parades are on display.
And revelers known as the Phorty Phunny Phellows scheduled their annual streetcar ride through town tonight. It's a decades-old tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the season.
The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats.
Recently-elected Congressman Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both Republicans, will be sworn into office today, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican majority in the House.