Wednesday September 21, 2011
|Dr. Loren Scott|
Dwight Andrus Insurance and MidSouth Bank return as presenting sponsors
Although residential home starts in Lafayette Parish are down year-to-date when compared to 2010, sales tax collections are up by almost 11 percent and local real estate analysts see some hopeful signs in sales of existing homes in 2011, especially in recent months. The price of oil is up but rig counts and permits were down through the most recent reporting cycle. Natural gas prices are low and likely to stay that way because of over-supply, but that bodes well for the case being made for the commodity as a relatively clean bridge fuel to the future. Against a continuing backdrop of troubling national economic news and some confusing signs here at home, Acadiana’s economy remains stable, but what of the year ahead?
As business decision-makers enter that all-important fourth quarter planning cycle, ABiz magazine presents the 2011 Entrée to Business Luncheon with Dr. Loren Scott to help put these competing trends in perspective. Widely considered to be the top resource in the state on economic matters, Scott built his career at LSU, where he is now professor emeritus of economics. Known for interpreting complex data into useful, accessible numbers, he is co-developer of the Louisiana econometric model, a model used for providing annual forecasts of the Louisiana economy. Each year in early October, he publishes the much-anticipated Louisiana Economic Outlook, and he says energy remains the driver in Acadiana. “The big question for the Lafayette MSA: How fast will the Gulf of Mexico recover? Will the log jam of permits finally be opened over the next two years? Will the continued development of the Haynesville Shale and the development of the new Tuscaloosa Marine Shale pump up the region’s service industries to the exploration companies?” he asks. “The new 150-person Halliburton facility is a very hopeful positive sign.”
Presented exclusively in Acadiana at the annual ABiz Entrée to Business Luncheon, Scott’s LEO model analysis and projections provide local business leaders with valuable information as they adopt budgets and strategies for the upcoming year. The luncheon is sponsored by MidSouth Bank and Dwight Andrus Insurance, with support from the Acadiana Economic Development Council, and is slated for Friday, Oct. 7, at noon at the Cajundome Convention Center. Each luncheon attendee will receive a CD of Scott’s full LEO report as well as his Acadiana-specific PowerPoint presentation, produced by Vidox Motion Imagery.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
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New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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Three bedroom Port Barre cottage or three bedroom historic district Opelousas home
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Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage