Roundup: IBM headhunting / Christmas tree lifts / Avocado toast walls

    Job fair: IBM—looking for IT professionals to join its downtown Client Innovation Center—is hosting a career fair on Saturday at Baton Rouge Community College’s Bienvenue Student Center. The company has also held fairs in New Orleans and Lafayette in attempts to recruit workers for the Baton Rouge center, New Orleans City Business reports. If IBM fails to reach its 800-person hiring goal by June 30, it will have to pay a penalty to the state of $10,000 for each job that it’s short. Read the full story.

    Reincarnated: Almost 8,000 repurposed Christmas trees will be used to help restore an eroding wildlife refuge as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual “Christmas Tree Drop” into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge today. Officials say the trees will get a new life as breakwaters in refuge impoundments to slow water movement, trap silt and encourage the growth of marsh grasses. Read the full story.  

    Toasty paint: As with so many other consumer categories—ranging from mattresses to eyewear to hailing a cab—that have been transformed over the past decade by tech entrepreneurs, next on the “disruption” list is paint,” according to The New York Times. To survive, brands are coming up with creative names and pitches to get their paint on customer’s walls, which is why new brand Clare has created paint colors with names like “avocado toast,” and “elephant breath.” Read the full story.  

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