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Old Posted Aug 18, 2010, 3:06 AM
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A big win for the city landing this plant. Will help keep some important manufacturing jobs in place. Plus...it's tied in with renewable energy...which is just an added plus. Hopefully, the state and city can land a few more projects as NASA operations wind down. I do think the facility would be the perfect fit for private rocket manufacturers, as the workforce and needed equipment are already in place.
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Old Posted Aug 18, 2010, 2:42 PM
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Wind turbine blade facility could create 600 jobs at Michoud

http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/bl...bs-at-michoud/

NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans will be the site of a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant under a $30 million state incentive package that could create up to 600 new jobs over the next decade.Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other government and business officials announced the deal today at the Michoud facility.

Blade Dynamics, a British-based maker of the giant windmill blades, is partnering with American Superconductor Corp. of Devens, Mass., and Dow Chemical Co. on the project. It will move into a manufacturing and warehouse facility on the Michoud campus that NASA is not currently using.

Louisiana Economic Development provided an incentive package worth up to $30 million to help lure the company to New Orleans. In order to qualify, Blade Dynamics had to incorporate in the United States and will base its headquarters in New Orleans.

The incentive is contingent on the company meeting capital investment and job creation milestones. The facility is expected to create at least 600 direct jobs over the next 10 years, according to American Superconductor Corp.

The LED’s Louisiana FastStart program will provide workforce support to Blade Dynamics, including assistance with recruiting employees, training development and delivery, for up to two years during the company’s start-up period.

A number of the jobs are considered to be adaptable to the skill sets of workers who had been working for Lockheed-Martin, the major tenant on the Michoud campus. It has scaled down its work force from a high of 5,000 reached during the peak of NASA’s space shuttle program. External tanks for the shuttles have been built at Michoud since the program’s inception in the 1970s.

Blade Dynamics, founded in 2007, builds wind turbine blades for rotors ranging from 230 feet to 360 feet in diameter. In order to maximize the power output of the rotors, the company has developed a carbon-fiber blade that improves power output while reducing the cost and weight of wind turbines.

American Superconductor also announced today that it has acquired a 25 percent share of Blade Dynamics ownership for $8 million.•
as someone who lives in NO East this is very good news. My only concern is the 600 job expectation over time. Considering this "wind" industry is heavily federally subsidized and the inherent problems with the industry obtaining a real foothold in our energy portfolio, I am somewhat dubious about the long-term viability of this project. Nevertheless, anything to mitigate the short-term economic issues we have is a good thing.
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Old Posted Aug 18, 2010, 6:09 PM
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu lists infrastructure improvements that are ready to go

http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ss...ady_to_go.html

Good article. Some of the projects that are funded and "ready to go" include the riverfront park in Bywater, 63 acre Festival Grounds in City Park, also additional funding for Saenger and NOMA. Its amazing, a little competence can really go a long way.


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Old Posted Aug 19, 2010, 1:37 AM
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Its amazing, a little competence can really go a long way.
Truer words have never been spoken. That list is pretty exciting. The quality of life down here has a real opportunity to increase dramatically if those projects come to light.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2010, 4:59 AM
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i'm so glad New Orleans finally has a real mayor...
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2010, 7:21 AM
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Agreed!
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Amen!!! Its amazing how much this city can do with just a bit of competence at the head. I went to City Hall the other day and to my shock I didnt want to kill myself~!
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Found this on Bidclerk. Anyone know what station this is for, etc?



1342200 New Orleans, LA Office, Other 08/17/2010
Description Site work and new construction of an office building in New Orleans. Completed working drawings call for the construction of a 27,000-square-foot television station. The owner has determined a list of select general contractors to bid this proj

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Old Posted Aug 20, 2010, 3:38 AM
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A while back, probably at least 3 years ago, WWL Channel 4 was supposed to start work on a new building over near the Warehouse District/Superdome area. This is probably that building, but can't say for sure.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2010, 4:40 AM
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That does ring a bell. I just thought that project was scrapped but maybe it has been revived. Their station in the quarter is quite shit so you may be right!
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Champion Square Update and Video


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A while back, probably at least 3 years ago, WWL Channel 4 was supposed to start work on a new building over near the Warehouse District/Superdome area. This is probably that building, but can't say for sure.
check this out

http://www2.belo.com/pressRelease.x2...50725-751.html
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu announces purchase of hospital in eastern New Orleans

The city of New Orleans closed today on its its purchase of the former Methodist Hospital from Universal Health Services for $16.25 million, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced.

“Signed, sealed, delivered,” Landrieu said. “It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina, and more than 80,000 residents in eastern New Orleans still have to drive up to 30 minutes to an emergency room. That’s why it’s so important that we put in place a full-service hospital that is financially sustainable over time as quickly as possible. It has been one of my top priorities since taking office. ”

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf...announces.html


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I remember now. This was right before Katrina hit. Well if this is the station it looks like the plans have been changed!
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2010, 11:51 PM
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The city of New Orleans closed today on its its purchase of the former Methodist Hospital from Universal Health Services for $16.25 million, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced.

“Signed, sealed, delivered,” Landrieu said. “It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina, and more than 80,000 residents in eastern New Orleans still have to drive up to 30 minutes to an emergency room. That’s why it’s so important that we put in place a full-service hospital that is financially sustainable over time as quickly as possible. It has been one of my top priorities since taking office. ”

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf...announces.html

This Mayor is just rolling out the accomplishments daily! Im so Proud!
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BTW I PROPOSE THAT THE CITIZENRY OF NEW ORLEANS SUE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS FORMER BOARD FOR CLEARLY NEGLECTING THEIR ASSIGNED DUTIES AND OVERPAYING FOR A HOSPITAL BY 23.75 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE ALONE. DISGUSTING AND ITS GOOD TO SEE THESE PEOPLE GONE.



""""The deal went through even as a group of prominent eastern New Orleans residents is suing Landrieu, alleging that he overstepped his authority when he ousted them from a hospital district board in favor of his own slate of appointees as part of ongoing negotiations to buy the shuttered hospital.

The six plaintiffs, including one-time hospital district board chairwoman Alicia Plummer and lawyer Jacqueline Goldberg, are asking Judge Sidney Cates IV to invalidate Landrieu's appointments and freeze any spending of the hurricane recovery money that the Nagin administration had earmarked for a hospital in eastern New Orleans."""
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Good news for the East. That area has sorely lacked in medical services for far too long. If Slidell can support 2 hospitals...New Orleans East should be able to support 1.
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Yeah, the glass is going up at the LCRC. It looks high-quality, even though the mullions are pretty boring.

I saw a sign for Jamba Juice in the corner space at 930 Poydras. It's the first one in the entire state (the closest one now is in Houston). I always thought it was way better than Smoothie King. I hope we can get some more national chains here... there are many chains that would offer things we don't currently have here, so it's not like they'd be taking away from local businesses.
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2010, 8:48 AM
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The new Champions Square is fantastic. Checked it out today and had a blast. Live music, big video screens, plenty of food and drink (bring enough cash), and places to sit for a while. A big improvement over the bridge that was there before. The only thing lacking is shade, but in the fall that won't matter as much. Can't wait to see what type of restaurants the next phase of the development adds in. Overall...a great job by Benson and Co.
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