The growth in the number of 4-H camp participants is one of the main reasons why the Louisiana 4-H Foundation is upgrading its Pollock, La., camp.
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is preparing to make a $1.8 million investment in its Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, La. More than 12,000 youth stay at the camp each year, and they come from across the state. Foundation executive director Jeff Bush said the new multipurpose facility will convert from an open-air pavilion into an enclosed building with fold-down walls in later phases of the project. He said he’ll begin accepting construction bids next month.
BlueArx CEO Ryan Wooley of Shreveport wants to rally local investors around high-tech to evolve the business climate in his hometown.
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A Shreveport software engineering firm aims to leverage local angel investment dollars and sink seed capital into new technology ideas. The CEO of BlueArx, Ryan Wooley, has six employees clustered in a downtown office suite. His new startup firm will provide all the tools necessary to take a novel technology to market – from startup cash to programming and marketing to launch and business development. Wooley said he’ll earn the trust of local investors and steer them toward the most promising high-tech ventures.
John Ross, a resident of Holy Angels for 39 years, stands in the new greenhouse with CEO Laurie Boswell.
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A Shreveport nonprofit that cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has opened two new facets to its campus that will employ dozens of its 184 residents. Holy Angels dedicated its new horticulture center and gift shop yesterday in the name of two donors who made one-time gifts: AdvoCare, a nutrition supplement company, and the David Toms Foundation.
Adam Young, executive director of the David Toms Foundation, told the audience that many grant proposals cross his desk, but this one was business savvy.
The head of the Louisiana Forestry Association says the state’s timber industry is poised for growth. Buck Vandersteen told foresters this month that international firms are looking to set up facilities in Louisiana. It comes at a time when home builders in this country are starting construction at pre-recessionary levels. Vandersteen said this translates into excellent opportunities for loggers. As such, he said, the Central Louisiana Technical Community College campus in Winnfield will launch a timber harvesting equipment operator training program in the coming months.
Col. Brooks Cima is Wing Commander of the Civil Apri Patrol, Texas Wing.
The Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing will formally open its new state headquarters and training center on March 16 in Nacogdoches, Texas. It’s located in the former Texas Army National Guard Armory next to the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport. Wing Commander Brooks Cima described the move to Nacogdoches as a "happy accident" when the armory came up for bid.