June 28, 2011 06:33
$17 million CARBO Ceramics Inc.'s investment in an expansion of its Airport Industrial Park facility in New Iberia, creating 40 new jobs. $17 million CARBO Ceramics Inc.'s investment in an expansion of its Airport Industrial Park facility in New Iberia, creating 40 new jobs. The jobs will average about $50,000 a year, plus benefits, and the company plans to complete hiring and a renovation of its facilities in the fourth quarter of this year. CARBO is adding a second production line to an Iberia Parish facility that has been in operation since 1978. CARBO manufactures proppant use
May 25, 2011 06:00
$22,289 Amount Lafayette Consolidated Government paid in October 2005 to tech vendor Mark St. Pierre for four wireless routers that had been donated to the city of New Orleans by a California firm in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. $22,289 Amount Lafayette Consolidated Government paid in October 2005 to tech vendor Mark St. Pierre for four wireless routers that had been donated to the city of New Orleans by a California firm in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That LCG bought donated equipment was revealed for the first time publicl
April 27, 2011 06:00
1 Youngsville's ranking among the 2011 "Best Places to Live in Louisiana" Population: 6,364 Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $74,809 Bachelor's degree or higher (25 years and over): 36.8% Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.67 9 Lafayette's ranking on the "Best Places" list (behind Blanchard, Mandeville, Zachary, Abita Springs, Brusly, Harahan and Covington) Population: 114,918 Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $52,057 Bachelor's d
Feb. 22, 2011 08:24
2 trillion - Amount of cubic feet of natural gas produced in Louisiana in 2010. Thanks to the Haynesville Shale in north Louisiana, natural gas production in the state reached its highest levels since 1984. Production in 2010 was 36 percent higher than in 2009 and 48 percent more than what the state generated in 2008. 31,282 - Population increase in Lafayette Parish, 2000 to 2010 third best in the state behind St. Tammany (+42,472) and Livingston (+36,212) 159 - Percentage growth of Lafayette Parish's Hispanic population. 2000 to 2010 Source: U.S. Census Bureau 449,140 - Number of passenge
Dec. 29, 2010 06:00
By the Numbers December 2010 / January 2011 $300 million Approximate amount of state funding in 2010 for Louisiana's 10 state-owned, taxpayer funded public hospitals in 64 parishes, in addition to $300 million in federal dollars (which does not include Medicaid and Medicare payments). $5,031 Per patient cost at interim Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 2009, versus $2,794 at similarly sized teaching hospitals. Source: State Treasurer John Kennedy/Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group. Kennedy has been arguing for greater efficiencies in the way the state runs
Nov. 24, 2010 06:00
34% Increase in Lafayette metro's foreclosure rate in third quarter 2010 vs. third quarter 2009. Lafayette is one of four metros in state to experience a jump; New Orleans was highest, with a 56.4% increase. Baton Rouge had a 29.7% increase and Houma-Thibodaux had an 18.6% increase. Shreveport-Bossier was down 13.1%, and data was not released for Lake Charles, Monroe or Alexandria. 290 Number of Lafayette metro foreclosure actions in third quarter (one of every 388 properties) Source: AP/RealtyTrac  $42 million Shortfall in funding formula for school distri
Oct. 27, 2010 06:00
9 Louisiana's ranking for worst drivers, based on an analysis of gas prices, insurance rates, infrastructure and legal climate for drivers; although Louisiana has the nation's sixth-lowest gas prices, its was pulled down by high insurance rates and a tough legal climate. Source: Forbes $4,679,828,000 Total deposits held by FDIC insured institutions in Lafayette Parish as of June 30, 2010 Source: FDIC 2020 Year Louisiana's pension fund may run out of money; in the following year it will have a $4.3 billion bill. That means 27% of state revenue will be
Sept. 29, 2010 06:00
1 Louisiana FastStart's ranking among the country's best workforce programs. Business Facilities magazine called it the "gold standard for workforce training solutions" in its August 2010 issue. Louisiana FastStart provides free customized recruitment, screening and training to companies expanding in or relocating to Louisiana. Louisiana also ranked eighth in national business climate. 14 Lafayette's placing among The Daily Beast's 20 "recession-proof cities" in the country. The online magazine's list was based on growth in three categories over the past three years: overa
Aug. 25, 2010 06:00
2 Bonefish Grill's ranking on Zagat's list of the most popular full-service chain restaurants. P.F. Chang's China Bistro is No. 1. 50 Louisiana's ranking in Businessweek.com's listing of laziest states. Using five years of data (2004 to 2008) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report, published in August, makes it clear that "lazy" doesn't mean lacking work ethic or engagement, but is more a measure of sedentary leisure time versus exercising. The CDC's research shows that nearly 30 percent of Bayou State residents do not get any exercise - and that our sedentary li
July 28, 2010 06:00
$2.7 billion Economic cost of six-month moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling activity nationwide $2.1 billion Economic cost of moratorium on Gulf communities (along with the loss of 8,000 jobs) Source: LSU banking prof/economist Joseph R. Mason's "The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region" $7.3 million Amount of federal tax liens against Phil Mazzella Jr., who pleaded guilty to federal gambling charges in 2006 after being accused of leading a multimillion-dollar sports book-making operation in

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