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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECENBER 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS AVIATION BOARD ANNOUNCES INTERIM DIRECTOR OF AVIATION 

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) announced the appointment of Mark Reis as the interim Director of Aviation, effective immediately. Reis will replace former NOAB Director, Iftikhar Ahmad, who announced his departure in September. Walter Krygowski, who has served as Acting Director of Aviation since Mr. Ahmad’s departure, will return to his post of Deputy Director and Chief Operations Officer.

Reis joins the NOAB after serving as the managing director for the Port of Seattle’s aviation division, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest and 13th busiest in the United States. Last year, Sea-Tac handled over 42.3 million passengers, a 12.9 percent increase from 2014.  Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is currently ranked the 37th busiest in the U.S., having handled 10.6 million passengers in 2015.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Director of Aviation and look forward to providing guidance as we search for a permanent Director of Aviation,” said Reis. “During my interim tenure, I’m committed to continuing the progressive work spearheaded by the current team at the airport, while ensuring that the tremendous growth the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport experienced under this Administration continues.”

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is in the midst of constructing a world-class North Terminal, scheduled to be complete by Oct. 1, 2018, in time for the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.  The project is projected to create an estimated 13,000 direct construction jobs and generate a nearly $1 billion investment in the region. The 760,500 square-foot terminal will feature 30 gates, a 2,300-car parking garage and a ground transportation staging area.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with Mark Reis to carry on the transformative mission to develop the world-class airport that this region deserves and continue to create opportunities for the people of New Orleans and visitors alike,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “I’m abundantly confident that under Mark’s guidance, the NOAB and New Orleans International Airport will experience a seamless transition of leadership and continue to provide state-of-the-art service to its passengers and be an economic engine for New Orleans and the region.”

“On behalf of the New Orleans Aviation Board, we would like to welcome Mark Reis to our team,” said Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer. “His expansive aviation experience will help lead us as we continue the progressive endeavors of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and begin our national search for a permanent director.”

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is the primary commercial airport in the State of Louisiana serving over 80 percent of all passengers flying into the State. The Airport is owned by the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), an unattached board of the City of New Orleans, oversees the administration, operation and maintenance of the Airport. The Airport has 17 airlines providing service to 59 non-stop destinations, including seven international destinations.

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ALLEGIANT TAKES FLIGHT TO NEW ORLEANS WITH NEW NONSTOP SERVICE

FROM CONCORD AND FARES AS LOW AS $53

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NEW ORLEANS. Nov. 18, 2016 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today launches new seasonal service to New Orleans from Concord, North Carolina. To celebrate Allegiant’s new service, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $53.*

“Allegiant is very excited to connect the Charlotte area with this world-famous and historic destination,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We look forward to helping more people enjoy the culture and traditions of New Orleans with our affordable and convenient service.”

The new route will operate twice weekly and expand on the service that Allegiant currently operates to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). With this new route, Allegiant will now fly from ten cities into New Orleans. The new route will bring more than 18,000 additional visitors each year to the New Orleans area. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“We welcome Allegiant’s continued growth at the Airport with this inaugural flight to Concord, North Carolina,” said Walter J. Krygowski, acting director of aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.  “With this flight, Allegiant now offers affordable non-stop service to ten destinations from New Orleans.”

Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route to offering access to low-cost flights in over 100 cities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier. Allegiant offers a unique option to travelers with low base fares averaging less than half the cost of domestic round-trip tickets purchased in 2015. With unique savings on rental cars, hotels and activity and attraction tickets, travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Nov. 21, 2016 for travel between Nov. 23, 2016 and Jan. 27, 2017. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with airfares less than half the cost of average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

Allegiant Media Contact
Phone: 702-800-2020
Email:  mediarelations@allegiantair.com
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2016
 

Press Contact:

Abby Sanders

Marketing Manager – Pelican New Orleans

866-928-6877, ext. 821

abby@pelicanneworleans.com

Luxury Concierge Services on the Rise in Nola

Specialized, luxury concierge services are in increasingly high demand in the world of travel. Earlier this year, Travel Weekly outlined a range of new luxury concierge services, many of which offer their sightseeing know-how in partnership with cruise lines, airlines, and high-end yachts and villas. And Travelmarket Report notes that travelers now more than ever are seeking local experts to show them the most unique, authentic experiences available in their destination of choice.

Naturally, in a city like New Orleans where tourism is a driving factor for the city’s economic growth, the need for high-quality concierge services is amplified. Earlier this year, the locally-owned hospitality company Pelican New Orleans became the exclusive specialty concierge service provider for InterContinental, the luxury hotel on St. Charles Ave. InterContinental Hotels and Resorts is an international luxury hotel chain, and the New Orleans branch alone sees hundreds of guests walking through the door every month. 

PNO’s concierges are carefully vetted, and boast an intimate knowledge of the most sought-after experiences, attractions, and restaurants in the Big Easy. Even more importantly, they all share a genuine love for their city. Justin Fauth, Director of PNO’s Concierge Services, is excited to reach more New Orleans visitors, and confident in his team: “We are so proud of the quality guest service for which our concierge team receives excellent feedback day after day. They are true hospitality professionals who have a love for their great city. Our concierges take to heart the experience of every guest they encounter, and aim to give every visitor a chance to create memories for life.” 

PNO currently employs 50 concierges in 11 hotels in downtown New Orleans, including the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, and others. After announcing their new partnership with InterContinental, PNO’s growing team of specialty concierges can share their passion for the Crescent City and their unique local knowledge with even more travelers every year.

About Pelican New Orleans: Pelican New Orleans is a local, family-owned and operated hospitality company, and the largest local tour operator and hospitality service in New Orleans. See what they have to offer at www.pelicanneworleans.com.  

 

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City of Kenner

Press Release       Michael G. Sigur,  Acting Mayor 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                           
 

Nov. 2, 2016

3rd Annual Main Street Jazz Brunch Sunday in Rivertown

Kenner, LA. – The 3rd annual Rivertown Main Street Jazz Brunch will be held on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Crossing, 519 Williams Blvd., in Rivertown.

All proceeds will benefit the Rivertown Main Street organization, a non-profit group working to promote the revitalization of Rivertown through art, culture and economic development.

In addition to a traditional New Orleans brunch and Jazz music, there will be complimentary champagne and a cash bar. There also will be art, created by local artists, available for purchase.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $40 and 10-person tables can be purchased for $400. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rivertown-jazz-brunch-tickets-28461391789?aff=ehomecard.

For more information, contact Mike Ince, the city’s liaison to the Rivertown Main Street organization, at (504) 468-7280.

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CITY OF KENNER
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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

 

October 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS TO OFFER NON-STOP SERVICE FROM LONDON TO NEW ORLEANS

JEFFERSON PARISH -- Today, British Airways announced it will begin year-round service to London from New Orleans. This is the sixth international destination at Louis Armstrong International Airport and flights will start on March 27, 2017. Simon Brooks, Senior Vice President of British Airways announced flights will depart four times per week from New Orleans to London, and connecting flights will go to destinations all over the world.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said, “British Airways is no doubt one of the most exciting additions to Armstrong International. This continued partnership between Jefferson Parish and the City of New Orleans continues to grow and flourish and the addition of this new airline truly emphasizes how strong economic development ties from both parties can bring new and exciting companies to the airport. I look forward to seeing the growth of Armstrong International and with the new terminal under construction, this will only mean more growth and a level of service you can’t get anywhere else.”

District 4 Councilman Ben Zahn said, “As an international region, British Airways will make a wonderful addition to Armstrong International Airport. The partnership between New Orleans and Jefferson Parish continues to strengthen and this is an example of the type of business partners we can bring to the area. British Airways will be an excellent opportunity to connect our cultures and business communities. I personally would like to thank the collective efforts of everyone involved and let us continue on the road for growth and opportunity.”

Acting Mayor of the City of Kenner, Michael Sigur, said, “We are very happy to have British Airways at Armstrong International Airport. The city of Kenner is looking forward to hosting such an esteemed airline and we look forward to the many visitors that will come here. Economically, the airport continues to grow and therefore Kenner is a direct benefactor of that growth. Our doors will always be open to British Airways and we look forward to this partnership going forward.”

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$4 Million Renovation Brings Fresh Look, Feel to Suites, Lobby at Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie

PRESS CONTACT
Maria Dellacamera
240 274 8966 maria.dellacamera@marriott.com

Extended-stay hotel in Metairie, LA also expands fitness center to appeal to today’s modern traveler
Metairie, LA – Riding a wave of success, Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie has completed a $4 million renovation of its suites, lobby, breakfast area, courtyard area and fitness center.  The extended-stay hotel in Metairie is bringing the Marriott brand’s latest vibe to fruition by using vibrant colors, sleek furniture and stylish decor in all of its public and private quadrants.  Spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites received a fresh new look with invigorating pops of turquoise and gold in artwork, paint and pillows to complement the calming shades of brown and tan in the furniture and carpets. New lighting makes it easier than ever to work and play. The hotel’s accommodations provide room to recharge with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, flat-panel HDTVs and sectional sofas that pull out into extra sleeping spaces. Ergonomic workstations and plush bedding allow guests to work by day and rest up at night.

Extend your stay beyond the suite in the hotel’s refreshed lobby and breakfast area, offering alternative spaces to dine, work or relax with modern conveniences including a complimentary breakfast buffet and 24-hour Market. Travelers can start their day with fresh morning favorites such as waffles, yogurt parfaits and fruits, plus stock up on frozen meals, cookies, chips, ice cream treats, soda and juice from The Market to store in their suite with a fully equipped kitchen. Meal planners will appreciate the hotel’s complimentary grocery shopping service to help save them time during their stay.

Accommodating the needs of active travelers, the hotel has doubled the size of its fitness center and now offers state-of-the-art cardio machines and an array of well-kept free weights, medicine balls and yoga mats. Guests can also stay active on the road by taking advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and versatile Sport Court.

On the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the Metairie hotel is centrally located between New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and the attractions of Downtown New Orleans. Whatever the weather, there is always something new to experience during a visit to the Big Easy. Explore the sights and sounds of the French Quarter, cheer on the NFL’s New Orleans Saints to victory during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, or step back in time at the National WWII Museum. Some family-friendly favorites include the Audubon Zoo and Park as well as the Aquarium of the Americas.  With updated amenities and an ideal address, Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie is ready to welcome a new generation of business and leisure travelers.

About Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie at 3 Galleria Blvd. in Metairie, LA is near Downtown New Orleans, Zephyr Field, Lakeside Mall and Ochsner Medical Center. The pet-friendly hotel offers 3 floors with 120 updated suites, a fitness center, Sport Court, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Daily breakfast and property-wide Wi-Fi are complimentary. For information, visit www.marriott.com/MSYRM or call 1-504-832-0888.
Sign up now for Marriott Rewards and get on the fast track to earn points for free hotel stays, room upgrades, flights, credit card purchases and deals with Marriott partners.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Young Ladies to Compete for the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA Crowns

Jefferson Parish, LA – The Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2017
Pageants will be held on October 7 and 8, 2016 at the Jefferson Performing Arts
Center (JPAC) in Metairie, LA.

This is the first year that Jefferson Parish will host this prestigious event. The Jefferson Convention
& Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) welcomes contestants and families to the region.  Both the preliminary event and the final pageant will be webcast live. Those who cannot make the live show may watch by logging onto the Miss Louisiana USA website at www.misslouisianausa.com, click on the Web Cast link and you will be directed to the streaming site, or by going to www.pageantslive.com. There is a fee of $18.00. The pageants will feature contestants between the ages of 14 and 27, competing in interviews, swimsuits and evening gown competitions. They will be vying for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes, as well as the ability to travel the state promoting the pageant and its charitable alliances. Miss Louisiana USA 2017 will represent the state in the nationally televised production of the Miss USA® Pageant next summer, and Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2017 will represent the state in the Miss
Teen USA® Pageant. The Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA Pageants are the Official State Preliminaries to the Miss USA® and Miss Teen USA® Pageants, which are part of the Miss Universe Organization
owned by WME/IMG, the largest Entertainment Representation Organization in the world. Tickets are available now through the Jefferson Performing Arts Center’s box office at 6400 Airline Drive., Metairie, LA 70003 on a walk-up basis, to purchase tickets via phone please call TicketForce at 877-840-0457 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, CST), or to purchase tickets online please visit TicketForce. Depending on seating preferences, ticket prices vary between $40.00-$50.00, plus applicable fees. For more information regarding the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA Pageants, please contact RPM Productions, Inc. at 803-648-6220 or visit at www.misslouisianausa.com

Contact: Terrie Birkel
Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
504-731-7083
terrie@visitjeffersonparish.com

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For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2016

JetBlue Begins Flights to Fort Lauderdale from New Orleans JetBlue celebrates 15 years in New Orleans
(New Orleans, LA) – Today, JetBlue begins daily non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of JetBlue’s hub airports where passengers can conveniently connect to more than 50 destinations. Service to FLL will be offered on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft departing MSY at 8:48 a.m. and arriving in FLL at 11:33 a.m. (all times local).

“We are proud to be launching daily service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport from our Florida focus city Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood” said Dave Clark, vice president of network planning at JetBlue. “This new route not only gives New Orleans a new nonstop option to Florida but also provides a great connection to our many destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America – everywhere from the Bahamas to Colombia to Mexico to Puerto Rico and beyond.”

With this new route, JetBlue now serves three destinations from MSY. Other serviced destinations include Boston and New York’s JFK Airport. In addition to adding this new route, JetBlue is celebrating 15 years of operations in New Orleans.  “We thank JetBlue for its fifteen years of service in New Orleans and look forward to many more great years to come,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are very pleased that JetBlue chose to expand their reach from New Orleans with flights to Fort Lauderdale.” “JetBlue’s service to Fort Lauderdale will increase competition and foster new growth in our market,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “JetBlue has established a great presence in New Orleans through their longevity at Armstrong International.” “Fort Lauderdale is a huge hub offering countless destinations for JetBlue passengers,” said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee. “Traveling from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale provides limitless connectivity to anywhere passengers want to go.” “JetBlue’s service and commitment to New Orleans is commendable,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “We appreciate the positive impact the airline makes not only in the Airport, but also in the community.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP SERVICE FROM CLEVELAND TO NEW ORLEANS WITH FARES AS LOW AS $52
Allegiant announces new nonstop flights from Cleveland to New Orleans http://gofly.us/Afoyy
NEW ORLEANS. Sept. 21, 2016 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new nonstop service from Cleveland to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) beginning Feb. 17, 2017. To celebrate, the company, known for its ultra-low fares, is offering one-way fares on the route for as low as $52.* “We’re thrilled to announce even more service to New Orleans,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “The demand to visit New Orleans is high, and we are excited to provide northeast Ohio travelers a low-cost, nonstop flight to The Big Easy to experience everything the destination has to offer. ”The new year-round flights will operate twice weekly and fly between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Flights begin Feb. 17, 2017. With this new route, Allegiant will offer nonstop service from ten cities to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.
Allegiant offers a unique option to New Orleans travelers with low base fares averaging less than half the cost of domestic round-trip tickets purchased in 2015. With unique savings on rental cars, hotel and activity and attraction tickets, travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory one-way fares: Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Sept. 28, 2016 for travel by May 15, 2017. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

Allegiant Media Contact Phone: 702-800-2020 Email: mediarelations@allegiantair.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walking Tour Company Gets Big But Stays Local

New Orleans, LA

August 29th, 2016

One of the top travel trends of 2016 has become increasingly obvious: travelers want an authentic experience. Whether they’re eating locally-grown plantains when they dock in Playa Del Carmen, venturing outside Beijing for an immersive Mandarin lesson, or watching a born-and-raised New Orleans native dust the sugar on their order of beignets, the Millennials have spoken, and they want off the cruise ship and into the bodegas.

So how does one discover the “true” New Orleans, a city whose rich, cultural heritage collides with Hand Grenades and Mardi Gras beads?  By spending time with true locals who love their city. 

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours, founded in 2014 to reveal the true New Orleans spirit through a team of carefully vetted, certified guides, recently hired on Johnny Palmer, a local New Orleanian, as Tour Manager to build upon their success and shape their tours. Hailing from Jesuit High School, Johnny is a die-hard Saints fan and connoisseur of all things New Orleans. Johnny and his team plan to continue giving Legendary’s French Quarter, Garden District, and Ghost tours the personal touch that sets them apart from other tour companies.

Legendary has always been firmly rooted here in New Orleans. The company was founded by Jeff Rogers and Michael Fridge, both born and raised in Louisiana, and continues to be family owned and operated. Because the majority of the staff grew up in and around New Orleans, their tours not only showcase iconic landmarks, but also celebrate the quirky side of the city that most transient travelers will miss. Personal anecdotes are peppered into the views of Jackson Square, transforming a tour into a true glimpse of New Orleans life in all its horn-playing, foot-stomping, crawfish-boiling glory.

As travelers increasingly seek out tour companies that provide an insider’s perspective, the tourism industry grapples to keep up. But for companies like Legendary, the feature that sets them apart from the fray is one that they’ve always had and can never change: the fact that they were founded by locals who just love their hometown.

About New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:  Founded in 2014, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours offers professional guided tours of the Garden District, French Quarter and Cemeteries. Along with Cajun Encounters, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is part of Pelican New Orleans, a local, family-owned and operated hospitality company. See what they have to offer at www.neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

August 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH FLOOD RELIEF DONATION LOCATIONS

JEFFERSON, LA – Flood relief efforts continue in Jefferson Parish and below is an updated list of locations that will accept donations. The Parish continues to administer aid to the affected areas through personnel and equipment.

City of Kenner (Today is the last day) 10am – 6pm

Items: New, unused toiletry

Location: Recreation Office, 1905 24th Street, near the brake tag station.

New Orleans Zephyrs (August 20-28, 2016)

From each ticket sold during the nine-game homestand, $1 will be donated to the American Red Cross “Louisiana Floods” relief fund.

The Zephyrs face the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Round Rock Express for nine games beginning on Saturday, August 20 at 6 p.m.

Phone: (504) 734-5155.

Harahan Christian Church

Items: New mops and bleach

Address: 1535 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

Phone: (504) 737-4154

Westwego Senior Center

Items: Clothes, toiletries, bottled water, etc.

Address: 701 Fourth Street, Westwego, Louisiana 70094

(504) 309-6230

ASI Federal Credit Union (All Locations)

Items: Water, Disposable Diapers and Baby Wipes, New Baby Clothing, New, Unopened Under Clothing and Socks for Adults and 
Children, Cleaning Supplies

For a list of branch locations and hours please visit www.asifcu.org.

Nola Airport Parking LLC

Items: Clothing, toiletries, bottled water, etc.

Address: 1601 Airline Dr

Phone (504) 467-9999 Open 24 hours

Marine & Mt. Moriah MinistriesCenter of Hope

Item: Clothing, toiletries, etc.

Address:
1018 S. Causeway Blvd.(corner of S. Causeway & Andover Street)
 Jefferson, LA

The Social Club Barbershop Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

Address: 3515 Melville Dewey Sr. Suite 104, Metairie, La.

About Face of New Orleans

Items: Clothes, diapers, toiletries, car seats & booster seats, monetary

Address: Old Metairie store (701 Metairie Road)

Hi Brow Salon

Items: All kinds

Address: 126 Sierra Court, Metairie, LA 70001

Note: For every garbage bag of clothes and every box you will receive a 20% off gift card to any product in the store.

Phone: (504) 325-2222 Lauren Prats

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Antwan R. Harris

Public Information Officer

10th Floor, Suite 1002

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard

Jefferson, Louisiana 70123

Aharris@Jeffparish.net

504-330-3370 (C)

504-736-6410 (O)

 

NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

August 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jefferson Parish Continues to Assist Flood Victims

JEFFERSON, LA – Jefferson Parish is still rendering aid and assistance to our region through our Emergency Operations Center.  We currently have approximately 60 first responders deployed throughout the areas most devastated. Those responders are using 12 JP boats to accomplish their mission. To date, since the initial response to the call for help, these first responders have been credited with rescuing and evacuating over 3500 evacuees. Today they will assist in the house to house searches in an attempt to locate stranded survivors or any fatalities. Our animal shelter has been credited with rescuing 75 animals of all sizes including horses, cows and dogs. Our shelter workers have now been requested to report to Livingston Parish and aid in rescue and recovery efforts there.

The Jefferson Parish Public Works Department is working with neighboring parishes to assist with equipment for relief efforts as well as accessing the water levels for this historic flooding.

Several outside agencies have reached out to the Parish to offer assistance. Southwest Airlines has offered to fly in food and supplies if needed. CRC We Care! We Share! has transported supplies to flood affected areas.

Parish President Michael Yenni said “I am extremely proud of Jefferson Parish and the personnel that have assisted in these difficult times. Your dedication and professionalism have meant so much to those affected by the flooding and you are truly shining examples of what the Jefferson Parish community is. To all the residents and organizations that have donated toiletries, clothing, and funds, your generosity has helped thousands and I thank each and every one of you for thinking of others who desperately need the assistance. The Parish will continue to provide resources and assistance wherever the help is needed.”

There are several websites to get information regarding weather, flood claims, and updated river level.

NWS New Orleans Website: www.weather.gov/neworleans

NWS New Orleans DSS Website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lix/?n=embrief

River Gauges and Forecasts: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lix

NWS New Orleans Facebook: www.facebook.com/NWSNewOrleans

NWS New Orleans Twitter: https://twitter.com/NWSNewOrleans

Online Weather Reporting: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=LIX

Federal Disaster Assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

LA Dept of Transportation and Development: http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov

For those who want to help with donations, below is a list of sites where you can give the rest of this week.

Patrons of Lafreniere Park: Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 2pm - 8pm,

Items accepted: Clothing - in bags
Cleaning Supplies - unopened
Toiletries - unopened
Non-Perishable Food Items

Please bring your donations to the parking lot near Shelter #6 at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie, Louisiana 70003.

City of Kenner: Monday – Thursday (8/15 – 8/19) from 10am - 6pm

Items accepted: New, unused toiletry donations for flood victims

Items can be dropped off at the Recreation Office, 1905 24th Street, near the brake tag station.

New Orleans Zephyrs: August 20-28, 2016 starting at 6pm

From each ticket sold during the nine-game homestand, $1 will be donated to the American Red Cross “Louisiana Floods” relief fund.

The Zephyrs face the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Round Rock Express for nine games beginning on Saturday, August 20 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155

Antwan R. Harris

Public Information Officer

10th Floor, Suite 1002

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard

Jefferson, Louisiana 70123

Aharris@Jeffparish.net

504-330-3370 (C)

504-736-6410 (O)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 16, 2016

16TH ANNUAL SANTO DOMINGO FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY IN RIVERTOWN
HALF OF PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO BENEFIT LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 16 2016. The Asociación Nicaragüense de Louisiana (ANDELA) will present El Tope de Santo Domingo on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Kenner Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd.
The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 13, but was postponed because of the threat of stormy weather. While Kenner was spared from any flooding, heavy storms caused historic flooding in the Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes.

Festival officials decided to put aside half of all proceeds from this weekend’s festival to assist flood victims.  Highlights of this year’s festival, the 16th annual, will include a representation of Santo Domingo’s arrival preceded by a parade that enters the park to the rhythms of folkloric music and featuring popular characters that are typically Nicaraguan, such as the “Gigantona,” a gigantic woman that dances to the sound of drums, the “Cabezón,” her short and big-headed dance partner and the life-size bull and cows who all dance around the saint as he parades through the park. Young women dressed in folkloric costumes will also accompany the colorful parade. Later on, there is the crowning of the “India Bonita,” (Queen of the Festival). The festival is followed by a dance-party featuring a popular local musician, who will be playing folkloric music, salsa and Latin-dance music. Typical Hispanic dishes and refreshments will be served.

The event is open to the public and proceeds not set aside for flood victims will be used for the annual purchase of Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in Nicaragua Hispanics have always had a strong influence in Louisiana starting when it was a Spanish colony in 1762 until it was turned over to the French in 1802. Since 1812, when Louisiana became a state, Hispanics have continued to influence and contribute to the growth and well being of Louisiana. This is especially true in Kenner, where the celebration of “Tope De Santo Domingo” now on its 16th anniversary takes on an even greater meaning because of the size of the Hispanic community, its growth, contribution to its economy and the sharing of its rich culture with all communities.

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MEDIA ADVISORY
AUGUST 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ZEPHYRS RAISING FUNDS FOR VICTIMS OF SOUTH LOUISIANA FLOODING
$1 from each ticket sold from August 20-28 will be donated to American Red Cross.

Metairie, LA – The New Orleans Zephyrs will be raising money for victims of the flooding throughout South
Louisiana during their homestand from August 20-28.  From each ticket sold during the nine-game homestand, $1 will be donated to the American Red Cross  “Louisiana Floods” relief fund.

“Like most who call South Louisiana home, the Zephyrs know what it is like to go through the devastation of a
disaster like this,” said Zephyrs Senior Vice President and General Manager Cookie Rojas. “We are proud to
stand with our neighbors in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities to help return them to a sense of
normalcy as quickly as possible.”

The Red Cross is asking that instead of donating items, those who want to help should donate money so that
their response can be activated more quickly and items needed can be bought in bulk.  Preliminary estimates indicate that Red Cross response efforts could be the largest since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and cost more than $10 million. Local officials are reporting that 10,000 homes have been damaged and more than 50 shelters have been opened to those who have been displaced by the flooding.

The Zephyrs face the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Round Rock Express for nine games beginning on Saturday,
August 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155.

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CITY OF KENNER PRESS RELEASE
MICHAEL SIGUR
ACTING MAYOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 15, 2016
KENNER ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR STATE FLOOD VICTIMS

Kenner, LA. - Kenner Acting Mayor Michael Sigur has authorized a donation center to be opened Tuesday morning at the Recreation Office to accept donations of toiletry items for victims affected by the devastating flood that required an estimated 20,000 people to be rescued from their homes in the past three days.

Four parishes – Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston – have been declared major disaster areas.
Donations of new and unused items will be accepted at the office located at 1905 24th St., near the brake tag station, beginning Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continue through Friday, Sigur said.  “We have dealt with flooding before in Kenner, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this incredible storm,” Sigur said. “We were fortunate this time around, which puts us in a position to be able to help our Louisiana neighbors in need.”

Sigur asked residents to only donate toiletries – items that are currently most in need – as well as diapers, wipes, baby formula and female hygiene products.  “There are people who have lost everything who need the very basics in shelters in those four parishes and elsewhere,” Sigur said.

Some facts about the Louisiana flooding:
 An estimated 10,000 people were in shelters Monday morning – most in the Baton Rouge area
 About 20,000 people were rescued from their homes in the past three days
 An estimated 1,000 cars were trapped on Interstate 12 between Baton Rouge and Covington
 More than 280 state roads remained closed Monday morning
 More than 500 pets were rescued
 The governor’s mansion was evacuated after chest-high water filled the basement
 At least 12 rivers overflowed their banks – including the Amite and Comite rivers
 Some river levels are still rising and more rain is possible this week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jefferson Parish Hotels to Begin Adding a 1% Daily Room Charge to Boost Tourism Sales & Marketing

JEFFERSON, LA. – Jefferson Parish hotel owners and administrators voted overwhelmingly to begin self-assessing a 1% daily room charge effective September 1 to better fund the destination's sales and marketing efforts led by the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

A referendum on the assessment was conducted by the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association (GNOHLA), utilizing an independent CPA firm. The balloting ended July 29, 2016. Over 90% of the hotel owner and administrators voting supported the measure which required 2/3 of the votes cast to approve or ratify the hotel assessment. Each hotel casting a ballot had a number of votes equal to the number of rooms in their property.

The self-assessment was made possible by Senate Bill 169 by Senator Danny Martiny (R - Jefferson) which was passed in the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature and became Act 265 when signed by the Governor on June 29, 2015. That legislation authorized the levy of an optional hotel assessment by a tourism organization (the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.) upon its hotel members and provided for treating such assessment as a surcharge to hotel guests.

The decision by hotel leaders was a strong vote of confidence for the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. which has guided the Jefferson Parish tourism collaborative to becoming a $1 billion industry funding almost 10,000 jobs. Said JCVB President & CEO Violet Peters, "Our hotel industry in Jefferson Parish is united in the will to grow our economic base and strengthen the tourism experience for our guests. We appreciate their inspiring support, and we will use this vote to begin attracting more visitors to our destination."

Said David Teich of the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans who serves as President of the GNOHLA, "It is encouraging to see our hotel executives invest in our industry and our region's potential growth in tourism. Their remarkable vote proves their commitment to making this area a leading destination for visitors both business and leisure.” David Mock, Chairman of the JCVB Board of Directors and General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Westbank/Gretna noted, "We have a great deal of trust in our tourism bureau, and it showed in our vote. Our industry is unified to grow our business and to do so we need to give our marketing team the resources they need. This action will benefit our industry, and we are thankful to all who supported this measure."

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8/11/16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Metairie, LA – The Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC) is taking a bow as a finalist for “Best Live Theater Venue” in Gambit’s Best of New Orleans 2016 reader’s poll. Thousands of Gambit readers voted for their favorites around the city, and JPAC earned a spot in the top three. First, second and third place will be announced in Gambit’s Best of New Orleans 2016 issue, which hits newsstands on Sunday, August 21.

Having opened just over a year ago, JPAC has made an impact in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area and will continue to do so with upcoming productions by Artist-in-Residence, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, such as West Side Story, Funny Girl and The Nutcracker. Additional events scheduled for Fall 2016 are Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Beethoven & Blue Jeans as well as the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA Pageants.

“Being voted in the top three amongst so many well-known and established theatrical venues in the city is quite an honor. The staff has worked tremendously hard this first year with continued support from patrons and guests,” said General Manager Jose Torres. The success of JPAC is also credited to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, the Jefferson Parish Council, especially District Councilman Paul Johnston, Parish President Mike Yenni and staff, and the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC)
Located at 6400 Airline Drive, JPAC, an SMG managed facility, is the only professional theater of such magnitude in Jefferson Parish and is centrally located in Metairie, LA. With a seating capacity of 1,066, JPAC is able to accommodate all forms of entertainment from theater, concerts, and dance, to lectures, meetings, graduations and more. The expansive lobby is suitable for hosting various functions with regional catering favorite Messina’s as the exclusive food and beverage provider of the facility. For upcoming news and events at JPAC, visit www.jeffersonpac.com or follow JPAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For More Information: Emily Beck, Marketing and Booking Coordinator Phone: 504-731-4700
Email: ebeck@jeffersonpac.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 8, 2016
GLO Announces Fifth Non-Stop Destination from New Orleans with Huntsville

Non-stop destinations from New Orleans now total 55 routes (New Orleans, LA) – Today, GLO announced non-stop service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Huntsville International Airport (HSV) in Huntsville, Alabama. Flights to this new destination begin on September 30, 2016, and will be offered once per day on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. With this announcement, GLO begins its fifth non-stop flight from New Orleans, and brings the Airport’s total number of non-stop destinations served to 55 cities.

“We are very excited to announce our fifth destination city from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, with non-stop service to Huntsville, Alabama,” said Trey Fayard, GLO Founder and CEO. “We are looking forward to continuing to fill the non-stop air service void to regional cities that New Orleans’ business and leisure travelers desire and hope to continue growing service as the airport continues to break records.”

GLO is a New Orleans-owned and based public charter operator that began service in November 2015. GLO provides flights to destinations in the Gulf and Mid-South region on their fleet of 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft. Other destinations GLO serves include Destin-Fort Walton, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Shreveport, Louisiana. Tickets on GLO are only available for sale through GLO’s website, www.FlyGLO.com.

“GLO is connecting to destinations throughout the region and expanding our footprint,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “With the introduction of their fifth destination from New Orleans, GLO is continuing to provide comfort and efficiency for our business and leisure travelers.”

“In less than a year, GLO has nearly doubled the number of destinations they serve,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “We are excited to see this growth continue for our New Orleans-based carrier.”  “GLO is making great strides in creating an easy, convenient travel option from New Orleans to destinations in the region,” stated New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.  “We are very pleased that GLO continues to have success in New Orleans,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “With this new destination, the Airport now offers service to 55 non-stop destinations which is a new record for us.”

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New Mother’s Rooms Now Open

(New Orleans, LA) –The Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) recognizes the need for suitable, private facilities for nursing mothers. The Airport identified rooms post-security on each concourse that were remodeled to fit the needs of traveling nursing mothers. Each room is clearly marked as “Mother’s Room” and includes comfortable seating, an end table, a changing table, and appropriately placed electrical outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a map showing the location of each of the three rooms. On Concourse B, the Mother’s Room can be found at Gate B8. On Concourse C, the Mother’s Room is located in the Gate C5 seating area. On Concourse D, the Mother’s Room is positioned between Gates D3 and D5. Overhead signs were also installed to aid in finding their locations. These rooms are now open and available for nursing mothers to utilize when traveling to and from MSY.

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Michelle C. Wilcut
Deputy Director and Chief Customer Service Officer
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
P.O. Box 20007
New Orleans, LA  70141
P: 504.303.7552
C: 504.628.0250

NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

July 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD

FOR 23rd CONSECUTIVE YEAR

JEFFERSON, LA -- The Jefferson Parish Finance Department is the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 23rd consecutive year.

The GFOA of the United States and Canada recognizes Jefferson Parish Finance Director Timothy Palmatier, Director of Budgeting Victor J. LaRocca, III, and the staff of the Finance Department for the budget preparation and presentation for Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2016.

Award recipients are selected based upon achieving nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 18,700 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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Antwan R. Harris
Public Information Officer
10th Floor, Suite 1002
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard
Jefferson, Louisiana 70123
Aharris@Jeffparish.net
504-330-3370 (C)
504-736-6410 (O)

Record-Breaking One Million Passengers Served in May

(New Orleans, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport set a new record by serving more than one million passengers in May 2016. This is the first time in the Airport’s history that over one million passengers traveled through the Airport in a one month period. This record represents a 10.6% increase in total enplanements compared to May 2015.

This achievement can be attributed to the ever-growing list of destinations and airlines the Airport offers.  In April alone, the Airport welcomed new non-stop flights to five destinations. Spirit Airlines began additional daily flights to Atlanta and Los Angeles from New Orleans. Allegiant Air began flights to Jacksonville, Florida, a new destination. Frontier Airlines added flights to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Orlando, Florida, increasing the number of carriers providing flights to these cities. With the recent announcement of non-stop service to Germany on Condor starting next summer, the Airport has an all-time record high of 54 non-stop destinations on 15 airlines. 

“New Orleans is welcoming visitors at a rapid pace,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “May was a record-setting month for our Airport and a testament to how integral it is to our city and state. With new direct flights coming online and the new North Terminal project underway, our future is bright.”

“The Airport has experienced continuous growth since 2010.  Last year, the Airport had a record breaking year with over 10.6 million passengers traveling through the Airport,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “We are excited to see this upward trend continue as we strive to reach new record highs.”

“New Orleans is more accessible than ever before. With more non-stop flights operating from the Airport, passengers from all over the country are able to visit our City with more ease than ever,” said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.

“Air travel is being redefined as the way to travel. With the emergence of low cost carriers, more people are able to afford flying,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “This, along with the addition of several new destinations this year, has contributed to the significant growth of travel at the Airport. Now with record totals of 15 airlines and 54 non-stop destinations at Armstrong International, we are on track to see additional growth.”

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Michelle C. Wilcut
Deputy Director and Chief Customer Service Officer
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
P.O. Box 20007
New Orleans, LA  70141
P: 504.303.7552
C: 504.628.0250

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

June 24, 2016

Luxury riverboat cruise line announces operations in Jefferson Parish  

Gretna Ferry Landing to become home port 

GRETNA, La -- The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), in partnership with the City of Gretna and Louisiana Economic Development, welcomed French America Line to Jefferson Parish on Friday. The startup riverboat cruise line, which offers premium tours along America's waterways, announced the establishment of its corporate headquarters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. Operations began out of JEDCO's Business Innovation Center in the Churchill Technology & Business Park earlier this year. Additionally, the City of Gretna's ferry terminal will become the home port for French America Line's deluxe 150-passenger vessel, the Louisiane.

Marketing, sales, and reservations of French America Line's riverboat cruises will be provided by affiliate, Uncommon Journeys, which specializes in high-end travel and tours throughout North America. The increased interest in New Orleans as a travel destination drove the decision to relocate the Uncommon Journeys headquarters from Oakland, CA to Jefferson. Uncommon Journeys will share office space with French America Line in the JEDCO Business Innovation Center during the startup phase.

French America Line and Uncommon Journeys anticipate the creation of 94 direct jobs within the community; 64 positions will be created aboard the Louisiane and 30 new jobs will be added shore-side. The company will have an estimated annual payroll of $2.1 million, which will include a mix of seasonal, hourly wage employees and permanent salaried employees. French America Line invested over $7.5 million into the community with an estimated economic impact of $58 million. French America Line offers five-to-ten- day cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and Red Rivers with stops at major U.S. cities along the way. The boutique riverboat will offer 75 suites and staterooms, two restaurants, three lounges, a full-service spa and nightly entertainment.

The Louisiane, formerly the Columbia Queen that sailed Oregon's Columbia River, was purchased by French America Line in 2015. The luxury riverboat is currently en route from Oregon to Gretna via the Panama Canal on a journey that will take a total of four weeks. In mid-July, the Louisiane will arrive at the Gretna Ferry Landing, which will be rebranded by French America Line in the coming months. The terminal has been underutilized since the halt of regular ferry service to Gretna in 2013. Once in Jefferson Parish, the Louisiane will be refurbished by Bollinger Quick Repair based out of Harvey.

"The arrival of French America Line and the Louisiane in Jefferson Parish this summer is a fulfillment of a three-year project to restore the region as a headquarters for a proudly American owned riverboat company operating deluxe voyages on America's Waterways," says Christopher Kyte, French America Line Founder. "We are also delighted to be creating local jobs in Jefferson Parish along with the significant impact of local purchasing, everything from groceries to flowers to fuel.  We are hugely grateful to the far-sighted leadership at JEDCO and the City of Gretna, without whom this project would not have happened."

A portion of the revenue generated from French America Line's operations will be exclusively reserved for the future development of a permanent water transit service connection between the City of Gretna and New Orleans.  Working with regional transportation officials, the launch of French America Line places the City of Gretna in a much stronger position to move towards resuming water transit services for the community. This economic development opportunity creates synergy between Downtown Gretna and the Gretna Ferry Landing, aiding in the city's long-term goal to develop the area into a vibrant destination and a viable transportation hub.

"This is a major economic development opportunity for the City of Gretna," said Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant. "This project will bring quality jobs with benefits to our residents, and complements our vision to continue making Gretna a destination within the Greater New Orleans Region. Additionally, the project will support our recently released Gretna Downtown 2020 plan and serve as a driver for promoting our riverfront and future water-transit options."   

JEDCO played a vital role in attracting French America Line and Uncommon Journeys to the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. In partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, the local economic development organization provided site selection and incentive assistance to the company while also interfacing with the City of Gretna to reach an agreement on the use of the dormant ferry terminal. JEDCO also financed a portion of the project to aid in the vessel's relocation from Oregon to the City of Gretna.

"We are excited to welcome French America Line and Uncommon Journeys to Jefferson Parish," says Jerry Bologna, JEDCO President & CEO. "Not only will French America Line bring the Gretna Ferry Landing back into use, but they will also hire and purchase supplies and commodities locally. We look forward to the increase in tourism this company will bring to the West Bank along with the direct and indirect impact French America Line will have on our community. JEDCO will remain a long-term partner to aid French America Line in its future successes."

"French America Line's decision to locate in Jefferson Parish speaks volumes to our talented workforce, excellent infrastructure, and quality business climate," says Jefferson Parish President Michael S. Yenni. "This project marks a unique opportunity for Jefferson Parish to showcase its offerings to the rest of the world. As individuals travel to Jefferson Parish to embark on these riverboat tours, they will experience southern hospitality in quality hotels, excellent food in world-class restaurants, and a creative culture that can only be found in our community. We appreciate French America Line's investment in our community and look forward to watching the company grow and thrive in Jefferson Parish."

Justin T. Augustine, III, Vice President of TransDev added, "Transdev is very excited to partner with the City of Gretna, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LADOTD) and French America Lines (FAL) to provide berthing space for this exciting venture. This economic opportunity represents the first step towards future ferry operations from the City of Gretna to the City of New Orleans.  I would like to thank all parties for their steadfast determination to get this deal done, another step toward Regionalization."

Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted the announcement, saying "The Mississippi River has long been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and many more, and it is a vital part of state's culture and history. Today, it continues to inspire countless travelers from around the nation and across the globe, who take in our breathtaking landscape and rich culture while supporting our tourism industry and creating great opportunities for our people. We encourage everyone to visit our great state and share in its beauty, and we welcome French America Line and their mission to help us tell Louisiana's story."

Inaugural sailings of the Louisiane will begin in September 2016.

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About French America Line: French America Line was created to bring a fresh and refined ambiance to cruising America's waterways. Elegant yet casual, American yet with a decidedly French flair, the company is the vision of leaders in the travel industry who have worked tirelessly to bring their ideas to fruition. Today they are proud to present French America Line to the world of cruising.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Kelsey Scram
JEDCO Marketing & Public Relations Manager
504.875.3927.
kscram@jedco.org
www.jedco.org 
JEDCO| kscram@jedco.org | 504.875.3908 | www.jedco.org
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June 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2016 BUCKTOWN BASH AND SHRIMP FESTIVAL

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

LIVE MUSIC, SHRIMP FEST AND BLESSING OF THE FLEET

 

Bucktown will celebrate its third annual July 4th Bucktown Bash at the Bucktown Marina located just over the Lake Pontchartrain levee along Old Hammond Highway in Jefferson Parish.

Bucktown will celebrate Independence Day with a Shrimp Festival featuring a delicious variety of shrimp dishes and other cuisine from its popular seafood markets and restaurants.

There will be live music with local and nationally known artists, crafts, kid’s attractions, a Bucktown heritage display and the historical Blessing of the Bucktown Fleet.

Bucktown will celebrate the neighborhood’s roots in music featuring musical entertainment by Harvey Jesus and Fire, the Water meters and Wet Willie.

Admission is $5 dollars at the gate, children 12 years of age and under are free.

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Rhonda P. Collins, Public Information Office

10th Floor, Suite 1002

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard

Jefferson, Louisiana 70123

RCollins@Jeffparish.net

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2016

GLO Prepares for Crescent City-Emerald Coast Non-Stop Service with Summer Special

Route Launches between New Orleans and Destin-Ft. Walton Beach on June 24th June 8, 2016 (NEW ORLEANS, La.) – New Orleans-owned and -based GLO (Pronunciation: /glow/) today announced a 48-hour special to celebrate its launch of non-stop service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) beginning on June 24th. The startup public charter operator, operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM), will offer a special, 48-hour only $75 fare sale on all flights between New Orleans-Destin-Fort Walton Beach.

Tickets will go on-sale at midnight tonight and this fare will only be available through midnight on June 10th. This is a promotional, non-refundable, non-changeable fare and can be applied to a one-way reservation if needed. The available flights for this fare are as follows:

Friday, June 24 & Monday, June 27
Friday, July 1 & Monday, July 4
Friday, July 8 & Monday, July 11
Friday, August 5 & Monday, August 8
Friday, August 12 & Monday, August 15
Friday, September 2 & Monday, September 5

Tax, fees and 3 checked bags are included in the fare structure. GLO, which began seasonal air service between Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Little Rock’s Clinton National Airport (LIT) on March 25th of this year, will operate this new, select Fridays and Mondays route with the following flight schedule:
Friday MSY Depart 1:00 PM CT / VPS Arrive 2:05 PM CT or VPS Depart 2:35 PM CT / MSY Arrive 3:40 PM CT
Monday MSY Depart 10:40 AM CT / VPS Arrive 11:45 AM CT or VPS Depart 12:15 PM CT / MSY Arrive 1:20 PM CT

“The route between Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Little Rock launched with strong load factors. Now that schools are winding down and Southerners are looking to book weekend getaways and summer vacations, we have received a quick uptick in requests for service between Destin-Fort Walton Beach and New Orleans,” said Trey Fayard, GLO’s Founder and CEO. “A select flight schedule will operate on Friday and Mondays and accommodate both the weekend traveler and those looking to getaway for a full week of vacation.”
To book flights and find out more, visit FlyGLO.com.

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The RAAD- Inaugural Rivertown Art After Dark Exhibition
 

Kenner, LA, The Rivertown Arts Council will host The RAAD, Rivertown Art After Dark on June25th, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., 409 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA. The RAAD exhibition will feature new mixed media paintings by local artists including mural artists Cheri' Ben-Iesau, Peter Barnitz, Katie Puchot and Dianne Georgy Garrett. The opening event will center on a ribbon cutting dedication of the Rivertown Arts Council courtyard, which will host future art-centric events, including a continually updated display of murals from local artists. The venue will include food
provided by local gourmet food-trucks, a wine and beer cash bar, and music by artist Jenna Hunts. Prints and original art will also be available for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the work of the Rivertown Arts Council, a nonprofit entity whose mission is to work in partnership with the City of Kenner, community groups, governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the Kenner community. For more information, please contact Cheri’ Ben-Iesau at cheri’@ben-iesau.com

 

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Allegiant Air Begins Non-Stop Service from New Orleans to Tulsa

 

(New Orleans, LA) – Today, Allegiant Air launched service to New Orleans’ newest non-stop destination - Tulsa, Oklahoma. This new non-stop flight departs twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Tulsa International Airport (TUL). With this inaugural flight, Allegiant offers non-stop service to seven destinations from New Orleans –Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Orland/Sanford, FL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Tulsa, OK. Allegiant will start another non-stop route from New Orleans to an additional new destination St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, on June 3, 2016.

Allegiant Air offers ultra-low cost fares and travel deals to each destination they serve. Travel packages can be customized to fit each passenger’s needs, offering hotel accommodations, rental car options, and tickets to exciting attractions at your destination. With all of these options, booking a trip through Allegiant is truly a deal that cannot be missed. Allegiant’s ultra-low cost fares and discounted travel deals can only be found by visiting their website at www.Allegiant.com.

“Allegiant’s service continues to boost the New Orleans economy by offering affordable flights to visitors from all over the country,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We appreciate Allegiant’s commitment to growing in New Orleans.”

“Since commencing service at Armstrong International, Allegiant has been a vital part of travel to and from New Orleans,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “Allegiant is helping to foster tourism in the City by bringing people from cities that formerly had no direct flights to New Orleans.”

“Destinations such as Tulsa are helping make travel easier and more efficient for travellers,” said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee. “By offering flights from one point to another, Allegiant has given more people greater accessibility to our City.”

“Since starting service at Armstrong International in 2015, Allegiant has seen exponential growth in New Orleans,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “Their business model can sustain access for New Orleans into markets that other airlines may not be able to provide and Tulsa is prime example of those cities.  .”

 

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Michelle C. Wilcut
Deputy Director and Chief Customer Service Officer
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
P.O. Box 20007
New Orleans, LA  70141
P: 504.303.7552
C: 504.628.0250

 

 

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016

GLO to Begin New Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach from New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) – Starting on June 24, 2016, GLO will offer seasonal, non-stop service from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). Service will be offered on Mondays and Fridays on select dates through September 5, 2016. Introductory “GLOForIt” fares are now being offered at $99 (round-trip required) with tax, fees, and three checked bags included.

The flight schedule GLO announced for this new route is:

Friday
MSY: Depart 1:00 PM CT
VPS: Arrive 2:05 PM CT
VPS: Depart 1:40 PM CT
MSY: Arrive 2:50 PM CT

Monday
MSY: Depart 10:40 AM CT
VPS: Arrive 11:45 AM CT
VPS: Depart 3:20 PM CT
MSY: Arrive 4:30 PM CT

GLO is a New Orleans-owned and based startup public charter operator that began service in November 2015. GLO provides non-stop service to Little Rock, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, and Shreveport, Louisiana. GLO’s public charter flights are operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. onboard a 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft. To take advantage of this great deal or to book flights to the other destinations GLO offers, you must purchase tickets directly from www.FlyGLO.com.

“We look forward to this new destination as GLO, our home-grown carrier, continues to offer convenient, direct flights to new regional destinations from New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “GLO’s vision of connecting the region will enhance travel to and from our City.”

“We are proud to see GLO continue to grow at Armstrong International,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “Their success is proving that regional travellers need more travel options, and air travel is a more efficient and advantageous method.”

“This service gives the community an opportunity to conveniently travel by air to this great vacation destination,” stated New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.  Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said, “We are pleased to see GLO’s continued success at the Airport as they begin travel to their fourth destination from New Orleans.”

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

April 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BUCKTOWN MURAL DEDICATION CEREMONY

TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY

     Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, President Michael S. Yenni, Jefferson Parish Officials and Artist Robert Dafford announce the dedication of the Bucktown Mural located on Metairie Hammond Highway across from New Orleans Food and Spirits (210 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie, LA 70005.)  The event will take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

    Councilwoman Lee-Sheng said her office was approached by Bucktown resident and fisherman Mr. Russell Boudreaux, with the idea of doing a mural on the wall near the parking spaces on Metairie Hammond Highway. 

   “Artist Robert Dafford was a natural choice for this project after we saw his beautiful and high quality contributions to the Fat City Mural project,” Lee-Sheng said.  “In addition to working with Kelley Turan, a local Bucktown artist, Dafford was able to talk to some great folks who lived and grew up in the neighborhood so the mural would be historically accurate. It has turned out better than we imagined and hopefully it will be a source of pride for this great historic neighborhood.””

     Robert Dafford is a current resident of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Dafford has painted over 300 murals across the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, and England.  He has been painting murals, signs, and fine art paintings for 35 years. Dafford’s murals are created with the purpose of boosting development in small communities.

     This beautification project began in December 2015 with the cooperation of Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and the East Jefferson Levee District. It was funded by Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng utilizing District 5 tourism/economic development funds generated by the hotel/motel tax revenue.

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March 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LAFRENIERE PARK’S SPRAY PAD

TO OPEN SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016

Lafreniere Park’s Spray Pad, located adjacent to the Carousel in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard in Metairie, will open Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.  It will remain open during these hours on Saturdays and Sundays through May 22, 2016.

Beginning Saturday, May 28, 2016, the Spray Pad will be open seven days per week until Sunday, August 14, 2016.

The Spray Pad sprays more than 135 gallons of water per minute and covers approximately 4,000 square feet of surface.

Children 10 years of age and younger can enjoy in-ground water spray features alternating with five above-ground water spray attractions; including water “cannons.” 

The cost is $5.00 per person per 90-minute session.  Food, drinks, glass containers, toys and floats are strictly prohibited.

For more information or to reserve a private party, please call the Lafreniere Park Office at 838-4389.

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City of Kenner

Press Release

March 21, 2016

Press Conference Wednesday at Coconut Beach

to Announce 2016 AVP Tournament in Kenner

Kenner, LA. – A press conference to announce the return of world class volleyball to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Laketown will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Coconut Beach Sand Sports Complex, 100 Coconut Beach Court.

For the second year in a row, Kenner is one of just eight tournament stops for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).

AVP officials will be on hand at the press conference, along with former LSU volleyball star Angela Bensend, who is part of the AVP tour, and Jay Cicero, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Kenner Acting Mayor Michael Sigur and Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni also will be at the press conference.

“Being one of just eight cities to host a tournament is a tremendous opportunity for Kenner and also says a lot about how people outside the area view our city,” Sigur said. “We had a great experience last year with the tournament and we are looking for a great partnership again this year.”

Each AVP tournament brings Olympic beach volleyball hopefuls for four days, culminating in a final that is broadcast nationally. This year’s tournament is particularly important for the players because of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero that will be held this summer.

The AVP, entering its 33rd season, is the premiere American professional beach volleyball tour and exclusive U.S. beach volleyball home of the nation’s top male and female athletes, including those who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympic Games.  Under the ownership of Donald Sun since 2012, the AVP held seven tournaments across the U.S. in 2014, eight in 2015 and is scheduled for eight more throughout 2016.

For more information on the tour, go to www.avp.com

 

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

 

March 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

KEEP JEFFERSON PARISH BEAUTIFUL EARNS KEEP AMERICA

BEAUTIFUL PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE AWARD RECOGNITION

 

Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful President Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national non-profit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.

 

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

 

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn.  “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

 

The Keep American Beautiful Community Appearance Index-Litter Index is a tool used by affiliates to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage.  Each year, affiliates grade their communities during a drive-by examination of the same areas at the same time of the year.  This provides an indication of the success of each community’s anti-littering programs.

 

This measurement tool enables Keep America Beautiful affiliates to demonstrate their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government.

 

Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful (KJB) was founded in 2011 when the Department of Environmental Affairs was certified as a local affiliate of the non-profit national public service organization, Keep America Beautiful. 

 

Since its formation, an advisory board, comprised of representatives from each council district, the Parish President’s Office and the Cities of Kenner, Harahan, Gretna, Westwego and the Towns of Jean Lafitte and Grand Isle have assisted the parish in maintaining our national affiliation by taking an active role by promoting community beautification and waste reduction and working with local schools and promoting educational curricula for youth as a means of making a long-term impact on community attitudes toward litter.

 

Keep America Beautiful, a leading national nonprofit, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.  Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. 

 

The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.  Through their actions, they help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy, and economically sound.  For more information, visit kab.org.

 

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Rhonda P. Collins, Public Information Office

10th Floor, Suite 1002

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard

Jefferson, Louisiana 70123

RCollins@Jeffparish.net

 

504-736-6410, (F) 504-736-6413

 

 

Media Contact:

Karen Hales

khales@markit360.com; 985-445-6022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                              3/8/2016

CRAWFISH LOVE FEST: DEANIE'S SEAFOOD'S PINCH A PALOOZA FESTIVAL 2016
7th-annual Festival April 17 Celebrates Louisiana Crawfish Season, Features Seven Bands

METAIRIE, LA.--(March 4, 2016)--Pinch A Palooza 2016, a family friendly seafood festival celebrating Louisiana’s unique delicacy, comes once again to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain just in time for Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month.

The seventh-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival, presented by Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants, takes place 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun., April 17 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown. Admission is free. Information is available at Pinchapalooza.com.

This year’s Pinch A Palooza features seven bands and the seventh-annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest. The lineup includes local alternative/punk pop band Paris Avenue, country, Blues and Rock n’ Roll band Shot Time, and local favorites Imaginary Frenz, Vince Vance & The Valiants and New Orleans Karma, as well as Austin-based Chansons et Soǔlard, “The Wandering Cajun,” performing Cajun dance music. Also returning are The 610 Stompers and Big Chief Romeo Bougerie and the 9th Ward Hunters.

 Pinch A Palooza also features an art market, crawfish races and games for the kids, and Deanie’s crawfish specialties, including crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails, étouffée, and thousands of pounds of fresh boiled Crawfish served with corn and potatoes, plus a selection of non-seafood items, beer and specialty cocktails.

The Zagat-rated Deanie’s Seafood will crown the champion of the Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest following two heats of competitors and a championship round. Go to Pinchapalooza.com to register to participate in the Crawfish Eating Contest. Each competitor will receive a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt and a Deanie's koozie. Registration is $20. The Pinch A Palooza champion will receive a Deanie’s Seafood crawfish boil for 20 people, and other great prizes will be awarded.

Deanie’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust Contributes to Local Groups

The Bucktown Philanthropic Trust was established by Deanie's Seafood Restaurants to support local children’s causes and celebrate Bucktown's heritage and culture. Beneficiaries of Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival include St. Louis King of France Parish, which has served the Bucktown community for over 60 years, and Angels’ Place, a charity for families with children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival Now in its Seventh Year

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants & Seafood Market introduced Pinch A Palooza in 2010 in celebration of Louisiana crawfish and New Orleans music and culture. Typically held at the start of New Orleans’ festival season the weekend between French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza fest draws nearly 5,000 people to the fishing village of Bucktown to get their crawfish fix during the peak of Crawfish Season, which runs from February through June.

Follow Pinch A Palooza 2016

Save the Date and stay tuned for more on Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza Festival 2016 by following hashtag #Pinchapalooza @DeaniesSeafood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinchapalooza.com and Deanies.com.

April is Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month

Deanie’s Seafood--one of the first restaurants in the Greater New Orleans region to serve boiled seafood--sought a resolution to raise awareness about the importance of the crawfish industry, recognize the fishermen of Louisiana and celebrate Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage. The resolution naming April “Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month” was sponsored by State Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, and signed and enrolled on April 15, 2015.

“Crawfish and seafood have a strong economic and cultural role in the lives of Louisianians, and this role is typified by family owned restaurants in Louisiana, such as Deanie's Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market, where Louisiana's culture of strong family and community ties combines with culinary heritage and traditions,” the resolution reads. Read the full resolution here.

ABOUT DEANIE’S SEAFOOD

For the past 55 years, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Market have been serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood in New Orleans. Deanie’s operates a thriving seafood market and catering business as well as two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area, the original location at 1713 Lake Ave. in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown (Metairie) and a second location in the heart of the historic French Quarter, located at 841 Iberville St.

In 2014, the Zagat-rated Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants became the first in the greater New Orleans area and the second (Bucktown) and third (French Quarter) restaurants in the state to earn Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification through the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, guaranteeing its customers and patrons that the seafood they enjoy is natural, sustainable and sourced from Louisiana waters.

Visit shopdeanies.com for fresh Louisiana seafood and Deanie’s prepared items shipped anywhere in the continental United States. To learn more about Deanie’s Seafood, visit us at www.deanies.com or call the restaurant directly at 504-834-1225.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

January 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2016 JEFFERSON PARISH CARNIVAL SEASON

New Krewe Debuts along Metairie Route

 

The 2016 Carnival season will debut a new Krewe in Jefferson Parish.  The Krewe of Pandora is the newest parading organization to roll along the Metairie parade route on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 8, 2016.  The all-female Krewe is branching off of the Nyx parade in New Orleans and promises 17 floats and hand-decorated, glittered boxes as a signature throw.

The Krewe of Little Rascals parade will roll at noon on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The parade will begin at Clearview Shopping Center, proceed along Veterans Boulevard, and end at Martin Behrman. The Krewe of Little Rascals has paraded in Jefferson Parish for more than 30 years and is the only all-children’s parade in the metropolitan area.  Little Rascals will showcase 80 units.

Family Gras weekend is January 29, 30, and 31, and takes place at Jefferson Parish’s Mardi Gras Plaza on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie. Thousands of locals and visitors, alike, enjoy the pageantry of Carnival, outdoor concerts with live music from national and local artists, food, arts and crafts, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

The Krewe of Excalibur parade will kick-off its 15th anniversary during Family Gras on Friday, January 29, at 7:00PM.  Excalibur is always a fan favorite and will roll with 23 floats, plenty of signature throws, individually decorated wooden shields and wooden nickles, and T-shirts.

Celebrating its second Carnival parade in Jefferson Parish is the Krewe of Athena.  The Krewe of Athena will roll at 7:30PM, immediately following Excalibur. Athena is the first predominantly African-American, all-female krewe in Jefferson Parish.  Athena explains its membership is limited only to females, but welcomes women of all colors and creeds. Athena includes more than 300 members and 19 floats. Their signature throws include custom-designed fedora hats, selfie sticks, plush owls, Athena swords, and medallion beads.  Both Krewes of Excalibur and Athena will start at Clearview Shopping Center, proceed along Veterans Boulevard, Severn Avenue, Bonnabel Boulevard, and end at Martin Behrman.

The Krewe of Adonis is the premiere parade on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish which will roll Saturday, January 30, beginning at 11:45AM. Parade goers will be treated to a free, live performance by the band “Chicken on the Bone” between 11:00AM – 1:00PM. The stage will be located at the corner of Carol Sue and Terry Parkway.  Adonis will begin on General DeGaulle in Algiers, proceed along Behrman Highway, Carol Sue Avenue, Terry Parkway, and end at Oakwood Shopping Center.

On the evening of Saturday, January 30, the Krewe of Caesar will light up the Metairie parade route starting at 6:00PM.  The Krewe of Caesar rolls for its 37th year and will feature 25 floats including their signature float, Hydra.  Special guest Grand Marshals are some of the favorite characters from Star Wars – Darth Vader and the Star Wars Group of the 501st Legion.

The Corps de Napoleon will be celebrating its 36th year of parading. Napoleon’s signature float, the Waterloo, is a Carnival favorite as it shoots confetti to rain down over the crowd. The Corps de Napoleon features 90 units and will march along the Veterans parade route on Sunday, January 31, beginning at 5:30PM.

The Krewe of Centurions is celebrating 37 years of rich Carnival tradition in Jefferson Parish and will include 21 colorful floats with more than 50 units this year.  The Krewe’s 300 members will feature other historical Carnival krewes such as Endymion, Hermes, and Proteus.  The Krewe of Centurions will roll Friday, February 5, beginning at 7:00PM.

Named after the mythological goddess of the earth and moon, the Krewe of Isis is Jefferson Parish’s oldest all-female parade with over 40 years of Carnival history. The 200 female members have a long-standing and very loyal fan base that come out year after year to hail the Krewe. Isis will roll with 18 floats along the Veterans route on Saturday, February 6, 2016, beginning at 6:30PM.

Rhythm on the Route returns to Jefferson Parish Carnival for its third consecutive year. Middle School and High School marching bands participating in Carnival parades will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in Metairie’s own Battle of the Bands.  First Prize wins $3,000, Second Prize wins $2,000, and Third Prize wins $1,000.

The Carnival season culminates on Fat Tuesday, February 9, 2016, with the Krewe of Argus parade beginning at 10:00AM. Hundreds of thousands of people gather along the Veterans parade route every year to enjoy an exciting family atmosphere on Mardi Gras in Jefferson Parish.  The Elks of Jefferson Truck parade will follow Argus and the Krewe of Jefferson Truck parade will follow Elks.

Download our free Jefferson Parish Mobile app to watch the parades streaming LIVE on jeffparish.net, and follow us on Twitter, @JeffParishGov.

For a complete parade schedule and more Jefferson Parish parade information, visit the Mardi Gras section at jeffparish.net.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

December 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLLECTION TO TAKE PLACE JANUARY 7, 8, 9

FOR 26th ANNUAL JEFFERSON PARISH

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING PROJECT

Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte, and Westwego on January 7, 8, and 9, 2016. Trees will be recycled for beneficial re-use – some for marsh restoration or composting.

Residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 7, 8, and 9, 2016. 

Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees are acceptable for re-use.  Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags from their Christmas trees.  Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.

Volunteers are needed, particularly those with shallow draft boats to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou.  Volunteers will meet at 8:00am on Saturday, January 9th and January 16th, at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte, to move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.

To read all details, please click here to see the full press release

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

December 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH PRESIDENT JOHN YOUNG

RECOGNIZES ADMINISTRATION’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jefferson Parish President John Young is proud to announce the following list of significant accomplishments achieved during his Administration, 2010 – 2015.  “These five years as your Parish President are among the proudest and most memorable of my career,” Parish President Young said. “I am especially grateful to my executive staff, my colleagues on the Council, and to all our Parish employees who selflessly served the citizens of Jefferson Parish during this Administration. Together we have worked diligently to regain the public’s trust in their government, strive to provide transparency and accountability every day, uncover fraud, waste, and abuse, and tirelessly work to improve the quality of life for all the citizens in Jefferson Parish.”

“While we have accomplished a great deal, I believe our best days are ahead of us and that together, Jefferson Parish will continue to grow and attract new families and new businesses to ensure a bright future for generations to come.  Thank you for the opportunity to have served as your Parish President.” ~ John F. Young, Jr.

To read all details, please click here to see the full press release

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

December 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH INAUGURATION

JANUARY 6, 2016

The elected officials of Jefferson Parish will take their oaths of office on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00am in the Senator Ken Hollis Theater at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie, Louisiana.  The event is open to the public.  Doors open at 9:00am.

The following officials will be sworn in:

Honorable Newell D. Normand             Sheriff

Honorable Jon A. Gegenheimer             Clerk of Court

Honorable Gerry Cvitanovich                 Coroner

Honorable Michael S. Yenni                    Parish President

Honorable Christopher L. Roberts         Councilman-At-Large, Division “A”

Honorable Cynthia Lee-Sheng                Councilwoman-At-Large, Division “B”

Honorable Ricky J. Templet                      Councilman, District 1

Honorable Paul D. Johnston                    Councilman, District 2

Honorable Mark D. Spears                       Councilman, District 3

Honorable E. “Ben” Zahn, III                   Councilman, District 4

Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken        Councilwoman, District 5

Immediately following the inauguration, the first Council meeting of 2016 will take place in the Senator Ken Hollis Theater at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. The Inauguration Ceremony will be streamed live on the Jefferson Parish website, jeffparish.net, which also is accessible via the Parish’s mobile app, Jefferson Parish Mobile, on smart phones and hand-held devices. For additional information, please contact Kriss Fortunato, Jefferson Parish Public Information Officer, (504) 736-6410, or kfortunato@jeffparish.net.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

December 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

MARSH ISLAND BOARDWALK

Please join Councilman Ben Zahn, District 4, Parish President John Young, and Jefferson Parish Officials as they celebrate the completion of the Marsh Island Boardwalk restoration with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  The ceremony will be held Monday, December 21, 2015, at 10:00am at Marsh Island in Lafreniere Park.  The original boardwalk was 625 linear feet and ADA compliant at one entrance. The boardwalk has been completely restored and now ADA compliant at both entrances.

LLJ Environmental was contracted to perform the restoration at a cost of $86,114.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Announces
New Endangered Penguin Chick
"Elmer" Joins the Colony in the Penguin Habitat

(New Orleans) – On August 31, an endangered black-footed penguin chick hatched at the Aquarium. Weighing in at 56.9 grams (about 2 ounces), this new chick is the second offspring for penguin pair Puddles and Millicent. Aquarium visitors may remember Puddles and Millicent as the first-time parents of Chicory, the young penguin that arrived just last April.

“This may be the last chick for Puddles and Millicent,” said Senior Aviculturist Darwin Long. “The Species Survival Plan limits them to two chicks. We’re hoping to get some new pairings this coming year – and maybe some new penguin chicks as well!”

To read all details please click here to see the full the press release.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans to Honor Veterans and Active Duty Military with Complimentary Meal on Veterans Day. Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans Bayou Market Buffet Wednesday, November 11th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Complimentary Lunch Buffet. Complimentary meals are valid for veterans and active duty military; must present valid government issued identification.
To read all details please click here to see the full the press release. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                          

Nov. 3, 2015

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore, who was commander of a task force that led the U.S. Department of Defense’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, is the featured speaker at Kenner’s Veterans Day ceremony, at 10 a.m. Thursday in Veterans Park.  To read all details please click here to see the full the press release.

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Oct. 22, 2015

Pink Paint Party Tonight, Oktoberfest, Treasure Fest This Weekend

Kenner, LA. – Get an early start on the weekend and help in the fight against breast cancer by attending the Poolside Pink Paint Party tonight at 6 p.m. at Chateau Estates Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. The event is sponsored by the City of Kenner and the country club and participants will create a Fleur de Lis design on slate. All materials will be provided, including wine and snacks. Admission is $25 and all proceeds go to ACS Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer.      For more information, call Kerri at (504) 468-7268.

The final weekend of Oktoberfest, presented by Deutsches Haus, begins Friday at 4 p.m. in Rivertown and offers one last chance to experience German culture up close and personal.  Admission is $6, but children 12 years old and younger get in free. The annual festival features German food, beer and entertainment.  One of the highlights of the final weekend is the annual Dachshund Dash, which will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Oktoberfest goes from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the food offered this weekend includes pork schnitzel with a slice of lemon or a brandy, mushroom cream sauce and sauerbraten (German pot roast) with raisin sauce. Bratwurst, Weisswurst and Knackwurst also are available.

For more information, go to www.oktoberfestnola.com.

On Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., the Treasure Chest Casino will hold a free concert on the casino’s front lawn. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Kenner, Pelican Events and Miller Coors.  Treasure Fest is an annual event that features music from “Bag of Donuts” and Rockin’s Dopsie, Jr. There also will be jambalaya, hot dogs, burgers and more for sale, along with water, soda and cold adult beverages. All proceeds and food sales support the Dawn Busters Kiwanis.  The Treasure Fest ends at 9 p.m., and the party will move inside to the Caribbean Showroom until 1 a.m. All B connected members are invited to win their share of $25,000 in slot dollars in a promotion that runs from noon to midnight.

For more information, go to www.treasurechest.com.

The Great Southern Gun & Knife Show will be in Halls A and B of the Pontchartrain Center on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $2 for kids between 6 and 11 years old and no charge for kids 5 years old and younger. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information to go www.greatsoutherngunshow.com.

And don’t forget that Monday, Oct. 26 is the last chance to Dine for a Purpose with Zea to benefit the Kenner Police Benevolent Association. Only at the Zea’s in Kenner, 1365 W. Esplanade Ave., for any purchases for lunch, dinner, take-out or Happy Hour, Zea will donate 12 percent of the sales to the Benevolent Association.

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Oct. 15, 2015

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB)
Annual Membership Luncheon Celebrated 15 years of service

State of Tourism Overview, ‘Virgie Ott Tourism Award’

Jefferson Parish, LA – The board and staff of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) welcomed over 140 members and community officials  to the 15th Annual JCVB Luncheon Meeting hosted at the recently renovated & re-opened (August 2015) Copeland Tower located inside the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, Metairie, LA.

JCVB President & CEO Violet Peters discussed the state of tourism announcing the latest stats from the Office of Tourism reports. Jefferson Parish tourism generated over $1 billion to the local economy, international visitors spent $18 million in Jefferson Parish retail stores, Jefferson Parish to gain additional hotels with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Gretna in the fall of 2015, the opening of the Homewood Suites along Severn Avenue in Metairie summer of 2016 and the opening of the Holiday Inn & Express Suites along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Kenner (2016 opening date to be announced).  Additional statistics, events and information including the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Barataria Preserve’s active participation in the U.S. ‘Find Your Park’ campaign and the addition of the Krewe of Pandora to the 2016 east bank parade roster were among the topics at the meeting.

The Annual Luncheon served as the forum to recognize the recipient of the ‘Virige Ott Tourism Award’.  The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Virgie Ott in 2011 in recognition and appreciation of her dedication to and advancement of Jefferson Parish tourism.   This year the JCVB honored Denise Thevenot, Director of Louisiana Tax Fee Shopping.  Her career in tourism spans 25 years of dedication to promoting the state of Louisiana both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her numerous accomplishments in her role as Director at LTFS, Denise served and continues to serve on community and tourism-related boards, committees and organizations.  Congratulations to Denise Thevenot!

The JCVB welcomed nationally recognized speaker, Ryan C. Lowe.  Known for his ‘get off your attitude’ approach of positive thinking, Ryan delivered a message of ambassadorship, advocacy and the importance of pride in the destination to the Jefferson Parish tourism stakeholders.    

For information on Jefferson Parish tourism, events and more visit the JCVB website at http://www.visitjeffersonparish.com

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October 19, 2015

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB)
Partners with Second Harvest Food Bank
Jefferson Parish, LA – With the holidays right around the corner, the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank in the fight against hunger by hosting a food drive October 15 through November 15, 2015 in cooperation with our partners in tourism.

The JCVB will be collecting non-perishable food items for families and individuals in need this holiday season.

All members of the JCVB and supporters of Jefferson Parish tourism are encouraged to sign up to become a donation center. Members are to contact Casey Ronquille, JCVB Membership Manager, at casey@visitjeffersonparish.com to pick up donation boxes at the JCVB office, or arrangements can be made to receive a donation box. Upon completion of the drive, the JCVB will pick up the donation boxes from each participating member organization. 

The JCVB will be promoting the food drive on all social media channels and encouraging members to do the same.   The Jefferson Parish tourism industry is united, and together we can help our community by giving with a grateful heart!

For information on Jefferson Parish tourism, events and more visit the JCVB website at http://www.visitjeffersonparish.com

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City of Kenner                               

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                           

Oct. 6, 2015


Kenner Ranked No. 10 Most Ethnic and Racially Diverse Small City

Kenner, LA. – Kenner is the 10th most ethnically and racially diverse city in the country, among those with a population under 100,000, according to the website WalletHub.The website identified a number of U.S. Census Bureau statistics for 313 of the most populated cities and areas in the country and focused on three in particular: racial and ethnic diversity, language diversity and U.S. region of birth diversity.

Based on those metrics, Kenner was No. 10 in the small city category. No other Louisiana city made the top 10 in either the small, midsize or large city category. In an overall category comparing all cities, Kenner ranked No. 27. There was no other city in the metropolitan area within the top 200 overall. Bossier City ranked No. 85. 

“Diversity is something we are very proud of in Kenner, “Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said. “We know that more than 1 out of 5 residents are Hispanic and you only have to drive down Williams Boulevard to see the many different ethnic restaurants and other businesses.”

The website points out that ethnic change has been ongoing for years and is forecast to continue. “By its estimates, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that no single ethnic group will comprise the majority in the U.S. for the first time in 2044.” Yenni said he believes the diversity in Kenner will make the city an appealing location for young families and businesses for decades to come.

To see the full list of rankings, go to www.wallethub.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 10, 2015

 

Kenner Makes List of

Safest Cities in Louisiana

 

Kenner, LA. – Kenner has been included on a list of the safest cities in Louisiana compiled by the website www.OnlyinYourState.com.
Kenner, with nearly 67,000 residents, is by far the largest Louisiana city to make the list and recorded 2.88 violent crimes per every 1000 residents. The other cities on the list all range between 2,000 residents and approximately 14,000 residents. 

According to the website, “Since larger cities tend to have more crime in general, only places with populations of over 2,000 were considered.”  Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said he is proud that Kenner made the list. “Considering that Kenner is nearly five times larger than the next largest city on the list, it’s quite a testament to the dedication and hard work of the city’s police officers, led by Chief Michael Glaser. You would think that only smaller cities would make this list.”  In fact, Kenner has nearly the same population as all of the other 10 cities on the list – combined.

Other cities in the metropolitan area to make the list included Harahan and Mandeville. “I want to compliment the police officers and elected officials in both those cities,” Yenni said.  Glaser said Kenner’s inclusion on the list is both a compliment to the work his officers do on a daily basis, and to Yenni and the City Council, for making police issues a priority.  “Obviously, being in the shadow of a large metropolitan area can be a challenge for any police department, but we are fortunate to have a force filled with hard-working individuals who are passionate about keeping this city safe,” Glaser said. 

For the complete list, go to www.OnlyinYourState.com/louisiana/safest-places-la.

               

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Media Contact:

Jim McCaul
Destination Marketing Association International
jmccaul@destinationmarketing.org

(202) 835-4205

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Terrie Birkel Receives Certified Destination Marketing Executive Designation

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, July 17, 2015 – Terrie Birkel, Director of Marketing & & Communications of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.

The CDME program is designed to better prepare senior destination marketing organization (DMO) executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.  Over the course of 22 years, more than 400 students have participated in the CDME program and this year the number of graduates will reach over 320. 

 

“Our mission at DMAI is to advocate for the professionalism, effectiveness, and significance of destination marketing organizations worldwide,” said Michael Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI. “We realize the importance of destination marketing and are committed to improving the effectiveness of these organizations. These individuals who have achieved the CDME designation have set an example of excellence for the entire destination marketing profession.”
 

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Linda Maher Receives Certified Destination Marketing Executive Designation

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, July 17, 2015 – Linda Maher, Director of Sales of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.

The CDME program is designed to better prepare senior destination marketing organization (DMO) executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.  Over the course of 22 years, more than 400 students have participated in the CDME program and this year the number of graduates will reach over 320. 

 

“Our mission at DMAI is to advocate for the professionalism, effectiveness, and significance of destination marketing organizations worldwide,” said Michael Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI. “We realize the importance of destination marketing and are committed to improving the effectiveness of these organizations. These individuals who have achieved the CDME designation have set an example of excellence for the entire destination marketing profession

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Tweet: Jean Lafitte National Park sites along the Louisiana Coast interpret the region’s history and culture. #LTCC

 

Jean Lafitte National Park Sites Along the Louisiana Coast

Interpret the Region’s History and Culture

Louisiana Coast, May 2015 – A key part of what makes coastal Louisiana so special is its people, whose courage and resiliency are among their most distinguishing characteristics. These people have thrived in a climate that is itself unique and distinctive, helping to create a history and culture that is especially fascinating. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve celebrates all the elements that help define this region and its inhabitants. Named for a man who was a curious blend of pirate and patriot, the park offers six different interpretive sites, three of which are located within the parishes that comprise the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC).

So who was Jean Lafitte? In proper Louisiana style, Lafitte was a bit of a rascal, a French-American who is thought to have made his fortune as a pirate and privateer. He and his brother Pierre established a smugglers’ colony in an area called Barataria. It was here – far enough away from U.S. officials – that foreign ships delivered goods, which the brothers then offloaded into pirogues (Cajun canoes) and transported through the bayous to eager merchants in New Orleans. As a result of these smuggling efforts, Lafitte became an expert at navigating Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Prior to the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815, he negotiated with General Andrew Jackson to commit Barataria’s band of pirates to the U.S. military effort if the country agreed to pardon them for their crimes. Lafitte and his gang helped to soundly defeat the British, and he ultimately became something of a cult hero. Sites in Louisiana bear his name because at one time, nobody knew the bayous better than Lafitte did.

His namesake national park is divided into six separate facilities, three of which are located within LTCC member parishes. The Barataria Preserve, located where Lafitte based his smuggling operations, is in the town of Marrero within Jefferson Parish and offers interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the area; Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery, which commemorate the Battle of New Orleans and where Lafitte’s men fought, are in the town of Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish; and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, where guests can see a pirogue like what Lafitte used in his smuggling efforts, is in the town of Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish and interprets the Cajun culture of this region. Each site has a visitor center, and it’s best to visit www.nps.gov/jela/index.htm to check days and hours of operation for the various locations.

At the Barataria Preserve, guests can stroll along boardwalks and dirt trails to explore the park’s 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests. It’s an ideal place for bird watching – at least 200 species have been sighted here – and nature lovers take delight in spotting alligators and nutria (a rodent common in swampy areas). Guests can take a self-guided tour using the park service’s printed map, or they can take a cell phone tour using codes posted at points of interest. In addition, rangers offer wetlands walks at 10 a.m. every Wednesday through Sunday and special talks at 2 p.m. on those same days; topics for both walks and talks vary and are posted at the visitor center.

At the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, visitors can gain a better understanding of the lives of the Acadians (also known as Cajuns), a people who settled in Louisiana in the 1700s after they were driven out of Canada by the British. The cultural center’s exhibits and films explore the Acadians’ cuisine, clothing, religion, recreation and home life. The center hosts a free Cajun music jam session on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., and visitors are welcome to come listen or bring an instrument and play along with local musicians. On Tuesday nights the center hosts “Cercle Francophone” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., during which participants are encouraged to speak French as a way of keeping the language alive in Louisiana. Other special programs at the center include a free one-mile walking tour of the town of Thibodaux at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and fall and spring boat tours along Bayou Lafourche.

Chalmette National Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are located just down the river from each other. The battlefield boasts a visitor center that interprets the story of the Battle of New Orleans, including a tribute to Jean Lafitte. Through exhibits and film, visitors learn what Louisiana’s troops did to protect the United States from a final attack by the British before the end of the War of 1812. On Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors can climb the 122 interior steps of the 100-foot obelisk that was built on the site to commemorate the battle. The visitor center also offers ranger talks every Tuesday through Saturday, with times varying throughout the year. Visitors can access the battlefield via automobile, or by taking the Creole Queen cruise ship from downtown New Orleans.

Collectively known as the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC), the coastal parishes of Louisiana promote natural, recreational and cultural experiences to residents of and visitors to these parishes. The LTCC is also an advocate for the sustainable development of coastal communities and protection of the area’s fragile wetlands. For more information, visit www.visitlouisianacoast.com.

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Mindy Bianca

mindy@gilliesandzaiser.com

212-724-7783

Gillies and Zaiser

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