MidSouth Bank and Dwight Andrus Insurance will once again join ABiz to produce the 9th annual Entrée to Business presentation, featuring Dr. Loren Scott and his economic forecast for Louisiana and Acadiana in 2013. Traditionally staged as a luncheon, a morning in the speaker’s tight schedule opened up, and ABiz publisher Cherry Fisher May says she seized the opportunity to turn Entrée into a breakfast event. “Contractually, Loren is committed to underwriters of the forecast to present his findings first in Baton Rouge each year with Lafayette slated later in the cue of presentations he makes around the state,” she explains. “The ink will barely be dry when we bring him to Lafayette on the morning of October 11.”
The popular professor emeritus of economics at LSU is known for interpreting complex data into useful, accessible numbers, and delivers his Louisiana Economic Outlook in Lafayette each fall as an ABiz exclusive. His analysis and projections provide local business leaders with valuable information as they adopt budgets and strategies for the upcoming year.
Dwight Andrus III, CEO of co-sponsor Andrus Insurance, says their company knows first-hand the importance of the presentation. “Year after year, Dr. Scott’s insight on Acadiana’s economy has been of great value to us and to our clients to help minimize some of the risk of doing business,” he says. “We hope that decision-makers across Acadiana will take advantage of the power of this information as they plan for the year ahead.”
MidSouth Bank’s first vice president of commercial lending, Kevin Latiolais agrees. “Insight into the local economy is critical for us as we work to help our customers understand where things are headed and to plan accordingly,” he says. MidSouth’s chief banking officer Troy Cloutier notes the depth of the research. “We particularly like that Scott’s model is supplemented with actual interviews with local executives to give him ear-to-the-ground intelligence,” he adds.
Supporting sponsors include Cane River Pecans, offering custom branded tins of the finest south Louisiana pecans for corporate giving, and The Acadiana Economic Development Council, comprised of economic development pros in Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, Vermilion and Acadia parishes. A copy of Dr. Scott’s PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the ABiz website immediately following today’s luncheon, courtesy of Vidox Motion Imagery, the digital media sponsor.
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
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The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.