Louisiana's contract with ICF International, which has been much maligned for its handling of the Road Home program, is set to expire in June. Yesterday, the state announced that it had selected the Lutcher-based Hammerman and Gainer, Inc., to administer the homeowner assistance portion of the program and to review all files. HGI was selected through a bid process, and its two-year contract is capped at $29,959,007 with 19 performance-based benchmarks and penalties for non-performance.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.