October 18, 2014 12:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans company has completed the purchase of an office building in the business district and is planning a mixed-use development at the site. New Orleans CityBusiness reports the building at 234 Loyola Ave. sold for $4.8 million. Green Coast Enterprises bought the former Industries... more »
September 20, 2014 1:44 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Work has started on the Onyx Residences, a $7 million mixed-use development in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reported the project is at corner of Third and Convention streets. The Onyx Residences will include 28 apartments on top of 5,600 square feet of commercial space.... more »
September 20, 2014 1:30 PM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - North City Park in Opelousas may become home to a large pavilion for family gatherings, children's programs and more. The Daily World reports the city has set aside $120,000 for the project and the Board of Aldermen voted recently to seek bids for construction. Mayor Donald... more »
June 29, 2014 1:38 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The success or failure of three projects in downtown Shreveport will illustrate the future of the city's commercial and entertainment hub. The Sears Building in the 600 block of Texas Street and two adjacent buildings are being rehabilitated by a New Orleans developer seeking to turn... more »
June 7, 2014 1:01 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Entrepreneurs, policymakers and academics will discuss policies, business trends and strategies June 19-21 at the EDA University Center for Economic Development's conference on the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University. The Advocate reports the conference theme is "Advancing Entrepreneurship and Innovation." The registration deadline is... more »
April 20, 2014 1:29 PM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish has a new community development director. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports Michael Albert replaces Candice Watkins, who left several months ago to become a disaster recovery specialist with the state Office of Community Development. Albert, previously a planner with the Guilford County Planning Department in... more »
March 23, 2014 1:46 PM
VINTON, La. (AP) - The Town Council has authorized Mayor Kenneth Stinson to open negotiations with a hotel developer who is interested in a town-owned tract on West Street. Stinson tells The American Press that the town bought a 12-acre tract on West Street in late 2013 with plans to... more »
March 14, 2014 7:15 AM
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - NASA has selected a Lawrence business to develop a drone for high-altitude air sampling. The Lawrence Journal-World reports NASA and KalScott Engineering Inc. are in the contract phase of the nearly $1 million unmanned air vehicle project. The drone is expected to provide data for earth... more »
July 29, 2013 7:39 AM
The Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette is hosting a Business Plan Competition. This competition is set up for July 15 through September 25th. This event is to help grow or start one small business in Lafayette. Sponsors for this event are the Lafayette Chamber, Cox Business, Home Bank,... more »
February 29, 2012 10:07 AM
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Businesses and communities around Alaska are one step closer to getting economic incentives to develop areas around the state's military bases and facilities after the House State Affairs Committee cleared the bill on Tuesday. Its sponsor, Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, said HB316 is modeled after laws... more »
February 4, 2012 2:50 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - City officials have green-lighted discussions with a New Orleans-based group for possible development of a hotel near the Lake Charles Civic Center. The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/qjfACs) the City Council authorized Mayor Randy Roach's administration to open discussions on the hotel, which would be branded... more »
October 15, 2011 10:25 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A North Carolina bank has asked a state judge to seize the Lakes at Magnolia Trace and sell it to settle a $6.1 million debt. The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/pqSLCv) construction work on the 81-lot Baton Rouge subdivision began in 2008. Roads and sidewalks were laid... more »
March 25, 2011 11:03 PM
Two areas of Lafayette are both seeing growth and development, but the funding isn't an equal match. At the shopping center in upper Lafayette, crews are making way on a new Academy sports store.
At the same time across town, construction of the Parc Lafayette hotel development is also... more »
October 14, 2010 4:19 PM
A sales tax hike is on the way for those who shop the US-90 corridor in Iberia Parish.
The Iberia Council voted to levy a one-percent sales tax on the economic development district. It did not need a vote of the people because it does not include residential properties.... more »
September 28, 2010 9:30 AM
The LA Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette will be hosting a "small business record-keeping" seminar.
The event will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 10am - 2pm at the South Regional Library. For more information call: (337) -262-5344 or visit: www.acadianasmallbiz.com
August 27, 2010 7:36 PM
Board positions with the Lafayette Housing Authority are still up in the air... following an audit highlighting questionable payroll practices.
City-Parish President Joey Durel is still waiting on commitments from two candidates.
He now expects the board to be ready by Tuesday... questions still surround HUD and who... more »
August 26, 2010 5:57 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials and organizations from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition. Dubbed "Ready 4 Takeoff," the new coalition is calling for, among other things, federal government purchases of seafood for the military, schools and other agencies to help the Gulf seafood... more »
August 26, 2010 8:47 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles city government has received a detailed proposal for a lakefront development project that would be named Mardi Gras Boardwalk. Lake Charles Mardi Gras Boardwalk LLC proposes building a waterfront entertainment venue on the north side of the Civic Center in two phases... more »
August 25, 2010 6:06 PM
New Iberia is moving forward with its initiative to grow and prosper. Wednesday, city and state officials met with residents about the "Louisiana Development Ready Community" program.
"This is about the business community, the private citizenry and the government coming together, to grow," said Mike Tarantino with Iberia Industrial... more »
August 18, 2010 6:21 PM
Some businesses looking to hire are now combing through thousands of resumes. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority held their 15th annual job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome Convention Center. With the nation's unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent, organizers say they were not surprised to see nearly 3 thousand jobseekers... more »
June 24, 2010 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill aimed at getting more information about the numbers of jobs and types of businesses being recruited by the state's economic development office. Jindal vetoed the measure by Chalmette Rep. Nita Hutter on Wednesday, at the urging of his... more »
April 19, 2010 1:25 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bills aimed at getting more information about the types and numbers of jobs created by the state's economic development dollars are heading to the full House for debate. The House Commerce Committee quickly approved a package of proposals that requires more detailed reporting about the... more »
February 22, 2010 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state has approved midcity Baton Rouge and downtown Lafayette for cultural products districts. It's a designation that seeks to promote arts development by waiving sales taxes on original works sold within the districts and providing tax credits for rehabilitating the districts' historic buildings. Kerry... more »
February 19, 2010 6:21 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The director of a company that operates several wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana has been arrested on charges he allowed untreated wastewater to be illegally dumped. The state Department of Environmental Quality said 57-year-old Joseph L. Jones, of Opelousas, faces 12 felony charges involving alleged violations... more »
January 14, 2010 11:24 AM
The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that they will change the operation hours of the DOTD Customer Service Center from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday starting January 19, 2010.
"We adjusted the hours of operation to meet... more »
January 6, 2010 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - With the possibility of snow, rain and sleet in the forecast for Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather and icy road conditions.
DOTD will be monitoring the roadways for ice,... more »
December 31, 2009 2:11 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Technology that tracks real-time traffic information along interstates 10 and 49 will be expanded as part of an $8 million project to help manage traffic incidents along the routes.
The project is being funded by federal and state highway money, said Bill Fontenot, Louisiana Department... more »
December 3, 2009 9:41 AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, the railroad crossing located at U. S. 90 @ La. 728-2 (0.3 of a mile southeast of Kaliste Saloom Road) will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m. for railroad repairs. This closure should remain in effect until 5:00 p.m. that same day. Louisiana Department of Transportation... more »
November 6, 2009 12:32 PM
- Leading digital effects company could create 40 direct new jobs in three years -
LAFAYETTE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, Pixel Magic Vice President and General Manager Ray Scalice, Pixel Magic Vice President and VFX Supervisor Raymond McIntyre, Jr., University of Louisiana... more »
November 6, 2009 11:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will hold a press conference to make an economic development announcement in Lafayette at the LiteCenter at 11 AM. Later, the Governor will host the LSU baseball team and coaches at the Governor's Mansion at 3:30 PM to congratulate them on their 2009... more »