News roundup: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana CEO named newest member of the Committee of 100 … Forum 35 to host cultural diversity series … Appraisal firm sets value of former Six Flags theme park in New Orleans
New guy: Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s president and CEO, is the newest member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development. Udvarhelyi is replacing longtime member Mike Reitz, who retired as president and CEO of the health insurance company. In a statement, C100 CEO Michael Olivier says Udvarhelyi’s background in the health care industry and his engagement in community and civic activity will benefit C100 and Louisiana. C100 is a private nonprofit organization that serves as a roundtable for Louisiana business leaders. Its membership includes CEOs of public and private companies as well as presidents of Louisiana’s universities.
Talking it out: Forum 35 announced today that it will host a three-part cultural diversity series to address community relations, the socioeconomic landscape and charting a positive path forward for the Baton Rouge community. The free and open forums will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 at the Capitol Park Museum at 660 N. Fourth St. Each session will address one of the three identified topics. Forum 35 is a volunteer community organization composed of more than 600 young men and women.
Value assigned: The New Orleans Industrial Development Board has released the findings from an appraisal group selected to value the city’s shuttered Six Flags, The Associated Press reports. The McEnery Company of New Orleans submitted its findings to the board on Aug. 4 and fixed the value of the former amusement park at $3 million. An additional 65 acres of undeveloped land that comes with the property is valued at $260,000. The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office currently assesses the value of the site at more than $51 million. The appraisal report released Tuesday says the Industrial Development Board could continue renting it as a movie filming location, list the property for sale, put it up for auction or donate it to the city.