development

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Out Of Business

Mary Lee Murphy, Peter Ricchiuti and Kendra Jones Morris.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Though we usually talk about going into business, on this week’s show Peter talks to two women who got out of business.

Kendra Jones Morris walked away from consulting Fortune 500 companies to found Rural Revolution, connecting women artisans in the developing world with direct marketing women in the United States. Mary Lee Murphy left the business world to become Development Director of the education non-profit City Year.

Business & Technology
2:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Small Business Conference Thursday At UNO

Chris Genteel, Google's head of diversity markets, and other people from the Internet giant will join bankers, investors and federal officials at the Southeast Louisiana Small Business Conference this Thursday at the UNO Lindy Boggs International Conference Center.

Other speakers include Pellsom Lau, regional manager for the Small Business Administration's office of international trade, and Paul Satenstein, chief financial officer of The Online Incentives Exchange. Satenstein will talk about Louisiana's online exchange for state tax credits.

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Community
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Presents Neighborhood Development Symposium

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, will present a Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium this Friday, Nov. 9.

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Northshore
12:25 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mandeville bicycle path nears completion

Officials say construction of a $1.8 million pedestrian and bike path along West Causeway Approach that will help connect the east and west sides of Mandeville should be completed in two to three weeks.

Mayor Donald Villere tells The Times-Picayune plans are in the works to improve traffic signals around North Causeway Boulevard and Monroe Street to make it easier for bikers and pedestrians to cross the busy intersection.

City officials say the signals will ease traffic flow and remove a major hurdle for people who opt not to use motorized vehicles.

Baton Rouge Community College
11:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

New auto technology training center planned for Baton Rouge

Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing nearly $14 million in state construction spending to build a new automobile technology training center at Baton Rouge Community College.

The center will educate students seeking careers in the auto industry, part of a local community effort to bolster skills training in the area.

The governor announced Wednesday that he'll ask the Bond Commission to back the funding through the state's construction budget, the final step to fund the project.

Construction on the training center is expected to begin in 2014.

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Small Business Assistance Fund
9:46 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Business loan fund announced in New Orleans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office and the city's Office of Economic Development have announced a new program to encourage small business expansion and job creation.

The new financing program is called the New Orleans Small Business Assistance Fund. A City Hall news release Tuesday said it's a $2 million fund that will provide 8 percent interest rate loans to for-profit and nonprofit businesses for operating capital and equipment purchases.

SBAF loans are expected to range from $10,000 to $100,000. The maximum term of the loan is up to 84 months.

Ameristar Casino
12:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ameristar: Casino project on schedule

Officials of Ameristar Casino say construction of a $500 million casino is moving ahead on schedule and the development should open in 2014.

The American Press reports that since July, Ameristar has removed trees, set a building foundation and completed a road that allows construction workers access to the site of its casino hotel in south Lake Charles.

Ameristar Vice President Jack Mohn said the new casino's neighbor — Pinnacle Entertainment, owner of L'Auberge Casino Resort — has been accommodating.

Development
2:15 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

New Delta Community College program targets growth of middle class

Louisiana Delta Community College is launching a campaign aimed at growing the middle class in the impoverished Delta country parishes of northeast Louisiana.

The News-Star reports the goals of the Delta Compact — the name given to the marketing, education and development campaign — are to increase the high school graduation rate in the three parishes to 70 percent, increase college attendance among graduating seniors to 50 percent, reduce the unemployment rate and increase access to the Internet.

Film Industry
3:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

$15M film complex planned in St. Rose

Quixote Studios, a Los Angeles-based production services company, is breaking ground on a $15 million sound stage and "film campus" project in St. Rose.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports the first two phases are scheduled for completion in early 2013 and include two stages with 30,000 square feet of space.

Quixote CEO Mikel Elliott says the company opened a studio shop in New Orleans last year and moved to the St. Rose location two months ago.

The second phase entails two more 30,000-square-foot stages and is expected to be complete in 2014.

Ascension Parish Development
3:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tax doubt could hurt project in Ascension Parish

A land owner in Ascension Parish worries that a local sales tax dispute could force a Fortune 500 company to abandon its development plans in Gonzales.

Nolan "Sonny" Lamendola has an agreement to sell 18 acres to Emerson Process Management.

Emerson has been in Ascension Parish for 40 years and plans to build a $10 million expansion to consolidate six of its operations or subsidiaries, including two elsewhere in the parish.

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