Mon March 16, 2015

Shreveport summit to bring together employers and educators to talk jobs

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White will address a workforce summit in Shreveport Tuesday with details on the Jump Start Career Diploma Program for high school students.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White will headline a workforce summit Tuesday, March 17, in Shreveport. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership or NLEP is putting on its first conference that will bring together educators and employers to discuss employment growth in health care, information technology and manufacturing. NLEP senior vice president Angie White says high school students aren’t aware of all their options that will lead to gainful careers, especially in blue-collar work.

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Tue February 24, 2015


Mon February 23, 2015

Whole Foods seeks Shreveport-area mom-and-pop food producers

Roxann Johnson of Shreveport would like to see if Whole Foods Market is interested in selling her homemade brownies.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Construction is underway on a Whole Foods Market in Shreveport. The grocer wants to line the shelves with more local products to make it unique. The Austin, Texas-based upscale grocery chain is holding a class for Louisiana vendors on Friday, Feb. 27, in Shreveport.

The program will go in-depth on quality standards, food safety, packaging and regulatory requirements, according to Kelly Landrieu, a Whole Foods local forager. (Yes, that is her official title.) She says dozens of people have signed up for her class.

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Thu February 19, 2015

Natchitoches hotel project clears financial hurdles, construction begins

Lafayette Street from Front Street to Rue Ducournau is closed to traffic for construction of a new 87-room hotel in downtown Natchitoches. Other street closures near the site are possible.
Credit City of Natchitoches

The city of Natchitoches will finish site preparation work this month as construction begins on an 87-room hotel.

The $9.9 million Chateau Saint Denis went through a series of financing setbacks. But the city’s economic development director Randy LaCaze says the hotel is now on the fast track. It will go up in front of the Natchitoches Events Center on Front Street. LaCaze expects its will be open in November.

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Tue February 10, 2015

Federal funds flow into dredging the Red River

Credit J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Commission

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $2.4 million on top of congressional spending this year for dredging the Red River. The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Navigation Project received the additional funds for operation and maintenance. The head of the Red River Waterway Commission, Ken Guidry, says the funding is critical to keep industries based at the Port of Caddo-Bossier and the Alexandria Port.

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