The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners of its inaugural Acadiana Innovation Awards at Monday’s annual banquet. In October the organization began accepting nominations and will announce a winner from the following two public sector finalists: Lafayette Entertainment Initiative and United Way of Acadiana’s Multi-Tenant Center. A private sector winner will be chosen from four finalists: Dupre Logistics’ Driver Predictive Analytics, Mother of Eden’s FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers, NSI Upstream’s Oil Field Commander, and Hole Pluggers/Thomas Parker’s Tiger Bullets. For more information on the finalists, visit the chamber's Web site.
The chamber says its awards are designed “to educate, celebrate and inspire the people of Acadiana to create the transformational changes found in an economically and culturally thriving community.” Criteria for the award was established by a special Innovation Committee Task Force headed by Chris Allain of Vidox and Nanette Heggie of Investment Partners of Acadiana, both also members of the chamber’s 2009 board of directors. Applicants must reside or work in the Acadiana area, and chamber membership was not a requirement. Judges focused on results and creativity of the innovation.
Applicants were encouraged to include pictures, videos, etc. that were reviewed by the judging committee, made up of six other members of the board from all industry types. Out of the 16 applicants, six were selected as finalists.
Amount generated by the state’s 2013 tax amnesty program, more than double some estimates
The agency previously had said the program raked in more than the $200 million used to balance the budget, but hadn't given a final tally of what was collected and what still was available for spending.
The board is scheduled to vote Friday on proposals from Alleva to make 150 different changes to prices for tickets and parking across university sports events.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased to 1,782.
This weekend’s happenings include the 25th Anniversary show of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, and holiday performances of The Nutcracker and Letters to Santa.
It took a unanimous vote of the Youngsville City Council this week to compel Mayor Wilson Viator to pay some $7,500 in bills to a host of vendors used by the city’s fire department, some of whom hadn’t been paid in months.
America is lost, says state Sen. Elbert Guillory, and that’s the reason he’ll be running for Lieutenant Gov. come 2015.
NOLA Bowl game day outfits
Accept no substitutions for homemade Eggnog
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.