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Capitol Beat

Hosted by Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham of Louisiana: The State We're In throughout the Legislative session and featuring highlights from the day's activities at the State Capitol.
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For the survivors

Physician, Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge

Jump Start

While Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has been barnstorming the state to drum up support for Jump Start—which, if approved by the Legislature this spring, will revamp the way the state provides career and technical training to high school students who may not be interested in or ready for college—the Baton Rouge business community has quietly been doing its part to help get the program enacted and make sure it's a success.

David Maples and Virginia Huling

David Maples moved with Virginia Huling to Baton Rouge in August 2007 to begin his studies at the LSU Law Center.

Dawn Harris

In one sense, it was "by design" that Dawn Harris entered the credit union industry: She graduated from LSU with a bachelor's in fine art, majoring in design. However, Harris says, "I had never heard of a credit union before I went to work for one"—a serendipitous move. And 30 years after Campus Federal Credit Union hired her, she became its president and CEO Jan. 1. Harris credits her predecessor John Milazzo with giving her "many opportunities to work across department lines" and thereby broaden her expertise. Previously, Harris served CFCU as COO, executive vice president of retail services and vice president of marketing. Her fine arts education wasn't so much left behind as redirected. "My background in design was a basis for problem solving, which worked well in the business setting," she says. With a leadership style she calls "open" and "consultative," Harris is guiding CFCU through a period of expansion. Locally, she says, "we are in the design phase of a new branch on...

Paul A. Salles

Since Jan. 1, the Louisiana Hospital Association has as its top executive an industry veteran with lifelong ties to the state. For more than a decade Salles has been involved with LHA, which, he says, "works closely with its board and membership to support the hospital industry through advocacy, education and services." Formerly the group's executive vice president—a position he held while also leading the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans—Salles says he "directed the development of health care policy and reimbursement initiatives on behalf of hospitals in Louisiana, and directed and participated in various political activities at the state and national levels." Beginning his tenure as president and CEO during a period of industry reform, Salles notes that LHA will play "an increasingly important role" in quality and performance improvement, on one hand, and information and data capabilities, on the other. Regarding the latter he notes: "To keep up with the...

RNC going 'all in in Louisiana' with Project Geaux Red

With the recent launch of Project Geaux Red, Matt Pinnell says the Republican Party of Louisiana aims to grow the state party and reclaim U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's seat in 2014 by focusing on year-round, grassroots efforts rather than commercial blasts right before elections. "When you get down to it, that's the central focus here: the quality of contact between the volunteer and the voter," Pinnell, director of state parties at the Republican National Committee, told the Baton Rouge Press Club today, adding that the Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP) has been putting its funds into day-to-day operations for over a year rather than waiting until a few months before the 2014 senatorial race—a race that is garnering much national attention. LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere says that in addition to the RNC's five staffers who came down to assist the LAGOP in July 2013—a...

IBM's B.R. plan named among nation's top economic development deals of 2013

Business Facilities, a trade magazine focusing on corporate site selection and economic development, has named IBM's technology center in downtown Baton Rouge among the nation's best economic development deals of 2013. While an Apple advanced manufacturing center in Mesa, Ariz., was named the nation's top deal and a pair of projects in Tennessee took the silver and bronze awards, the IBM announcement in Baton Rouge was among the magazine editors' five honorable mentions. "Louisiana's capital has had great success in executing its strategy of bringing together business and higher education in innovative public-private partnerships that spur initiatives in new high-growth sectors," says Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers. "The partnership developed among public, private and higher education entities for this project demonstrates...

Local business owner goes DIY with Super Bowl commercial

Shortly before kickoff of Sunday's Super Bowl, local salad dressing manufacturer Richard Hanley decided he would make his own halftime commercial and send it out to friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and email. The 30-second spot only got a few hundred views, but considering that Hanley produced it himself at no charge while fiddling around on his laptop, it wasn't a bad way to pass the time during the lackluster first half of the game. "I thought it would be cool to have my own Super Bowl halftime ad," says Hanley, who has a background in advertising. Though Hanley says he would never spend the $8 million it cost to air a 30-second spot during Super Bowl XLVIII even if he had it to spend, his company, Hanley's Foods, hasn't needed to spend much on advertising so far. Since it began manufacturing, bottling and selling an all-natural sensation salad dressing last spring, sales have skyrocketed and the...

La. ranked No. 19 for new business growth, 2009-2012

With an estimated 2,315 new businesses created in the state between 2009 and 2012, Louisiana is ranked No. 19 nationally for net new business growth in the years immediately following the recession. According to a new report out from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department data, Louisiana was among 29 states and the District of Columbia that saw net new business growth during the span. Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington and Pennsylvania were the top five, while Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, New Jersey and Michigan rounded out the bottom of the list. In Louisiana, the report says, there were 121,679 businesses operating in the state in 2012. The state's 2% net new job growth rate between 2009 and 2012 was equal to the U.S. average rate. The 50 states and D.C. added a total of...