Enhancing communication: The city-parish has received a $167,478 grant from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to enhance emergency management communications between the Parish Emergency Operations Center and the parish’s municipalities. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s office says in a news releases that 75% of the State Homeland Security Grant Program is designated for public safety initiatives and 25% for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. Each municipality—Baton Rouge, Baker, Central and Zachary—can use the funds to buy computers, display monitors, conference call hardware and electronic whiteboards. The grant will be administered through the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Name change: Gonzales-based telecommunications company EATELCORP, formerly named EATEL Business/Venyu Solutions, says it is now officially operating as EATEL Business. In a news release issued this morning, EATEL Business says the rebrand is part of a new marketing strategy that “seeks to reinforce the company’s reputation for service quality and innovation.” All three of the company’s three data centers in Baton Rouge and Shreveport will be renamed, and a new website will launch in April. The change applies to all EATEL Business assets, including product names, marketing collateral and all communications, the company says. EATEL acquired Baton Rouge-based Venyu in September 2013.
Another name change: Baton Rouge Duplicating Products says it officially changed its name to Baton Rouge Digital Products on Feb. 8. BRDP is a family-run business that has served Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for more than 60 years. In a news release issued this morning, owner Patricia Brignac Talbot says, “Changing what the ‘D’ represents in BRDP to ‘digital’ speaks more of who we are and is more relevant for today’s businesses … after decades of duplicating, we’re going digital.”