Roundup: Lantern Awards / Disparity study town hall / Lowest gas prices in the nation

    Lighting the way: Louisiana Economic Development is accepting nominations of the state’s leading manufacturers for the 2019 Lantern Awards, which will be announced in May. Nominees must have been manufacturing in Louisiana for a minimum of three years and not have won the award in the last ten years. The deadline to submit nominations for the Capital Region is Wednesday, March 20, by 4 p.m. Nomination packets are available online.

    Town hall: Residents can give their input on a parish disparity study with a town hall, slated for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library. The meeting will include an address from Mayor Sharon Weston Broome followed by a comment period. Broome issued an order in 2017 to conduct the study analyzing if there’s a level playing field for veteran-, minority- and women-owned firms and small businesses in the Baton Rouge marketplace. Denver-based Keen Independent Research was selected in June 2018 to conduct the study.

    Savings: While the national average of the price of gas sprung 10 cents, Baton Rouge has the nation’s lowest gas price average. WAFB-TV reports gas in Baton Rouge costs an average of $2.03 per gallon, with the average national price of regular-grade gasoline over the past two weeks coming in at $2.44. Read the full story.

    View Comments