Roundup: Powerful engineers / French Quarter follies / Austin wins again

    Powerful: Idaho-based POWER Engineers Incorporated, a global engineering consulting firm, announced Wednesday it is opening its first Louisiana office at 301 Main St. in downtown Baton Rouge. POWER also has offices in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Orlando. See the company’s full announcement.  

    Where? Seems like tourists aren’t the only ones losing money in the French Quarter. A Louisiana state audit says the state police agency hasn’t been able to provide proof that it spent $2.4 million policing the French Quarter last year. The Department of Public Safety disagrees with audit released Wednesday. The agency says $2.4 million in other funding was used to cover French Quarter policing costs until funding designated for that area’s policing became available. Read the full story.

    An apple a day: Apple announced this morning it’s opening new $1 billion campus in Austin that will nearly double the size of the company’s current 6,000-employee workforce in the area, The New York Times reports. The technology giant said it also planned to establish new, 1,000-worker operations in San Diego, Seattle and Culver City, California, and to add hundreds of workers in offices in New York, Pittsburgh and Boulder, Colorado, over the next three years. Read the full story.

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