Roundup: Waitr adds jobs / Sugar cane production up / Tourism grants open

    200: Restaurant delivery company Waitr is expanding its Lafayette headquarters and will add 200 new jobs, The Daily Advertiser reports. Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Waitr chief executive officer Chris Meaux in Lafayette for the announcement last Friday. Louisiana put up $2.75 million in incentive grants to secure the expansion. Read the full story.   

    Caneland: Sugar cane is on the rise in Louisiana, with a good crop and decent prices encouraging more farmers to plant the tall tropical grass. Stable sugar prices and a resilient crop are big reasons, LSU AgCenter sugar cane expert Kenneth Gravois says. In spite of a soggy harvest season, Gravois says, the 2018 crop set records for tons of cane sent to mills and tons of sugar produced. And, he adds, prices have been about 26 cents a pound for raw sugar. Read the full story.

    Grant season: The Louisiana Office of Tourism today announced the application period is open for two tourism grant programs for next year. The programs include the Competitive Grant Program and the Cooperative Marketing Program. The Competitive Grant Program awards grants of up to $10,000 to help fund marketing initiatives for tourism events held throughout Louisiana from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The Cooperative Marketing Program offers grants up to $20,000 to help support Louisiana-based convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), tourist commissions, and other eligible organizations in the marketing and promotion of Louisiana tourism in their area. Read the full announcement.

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