- J.S. Clark Elementary in Monroe and W.W. Stewart
Elementary School in Evangeline Parish were honored as Distinguished Schools
by the National Association of State Title I Directors. The program
recognizes two schools from each state every year based on criteria outlined
in the national No Child Left Behind Act for achieving a level of progress
for two or more consecutive years (The Town Talk, December 2010).
- A total of 148 teachers in Louisiana earned national
certification, an advanced teaching credential, in 2010. The state has the
13th-highest number of newly certified teachers in the nation and
16th overall. This growth brings Louisiana's total to 1,681.
There are about 8,600 nationally certified teachers in the country (The
Advocate, December 2010).
- "Prime Time Family Reading Time," a Louisiana program
aimed at breaking the cycle of illiteracy in at-risk families has become a
national model among reading initiatives. A 10-year study of the program
showed that children who graduated from the program had significantly higher
standardized test scores than a control group of non-participating students.
Thirty-eight states have embraced the Prime Time model. There are now 1,083
Prime Time sites across the country and 38,905 participants have been
reached since the program began in 1991 (The Advocate, December 2010).
- A national report, done by the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education, said that Louisiana is ahead of the
national curve in preparing teachers in understanding child and adolescent
development, which has been a part of teacher training in the state since
2003 (The Lake Charles American Press, October 2010).
- According to the Louisiana Department of Education,
40 percent more public schools are earning a School Performance Score of 100
or higher than in 2009. Additionally, the state's growth and baseline
performance scores are the highest earned since Louisiana's accountability
system was launched in 1999 for the third consecutive year (Louisiana
Department of Education, October 2010).
- Four Louisiana public schools were honored as 2010
National Blue Ribbon Schools by the United States Department of Education
for either academic superiority or making substantial gains in student
achievement. Ruby Wise Elementary in Rapides Parish, Eunice Elementary in
St. Landry Parish, Ryan Elementary in East Baton Rouge Parish and Patrick F.
Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Jefferson parish were all winners
(Louisiana Department of Education, September 2010).
- Louisiana's efforts to align key components of
college and career readiness are once again being recognized by a leading
national education reform group. Achieve, a non-profit education
organization based in Washington, D.C., released its fifth annual "Closing
the Expectations Gap" report which shows that Louisiana is one of only 11
states meeting three or more critical benchmarks in successfully aligning
education efforts with the expectations of colleges and employers (Closing
the Expectation Gap, March 2010).
- Louisiana ranks 27th in the nation for its
public education policies and performance but earned a near-perfect score in
the area of Standards, Assessments and Accountability in Education Week's
"Quality Counts 2010". The category is of primary importance to states, as
standards and accountability have become the focus of education initiatives.
Louisiana earned an "A", as it did in 2009, and placed third in this
category, behind top-ranked West Virginia and second-place Indiana
(Education Week, January 2010).
Louisiana Tech University in Ruston has again been named to the 2012
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and recognized by
the Corporation for National and Community Service for its leadership among
state institutions of higher education in the state in supporting
volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement. Louisiana Tech is the
only public university in north Louisiana and only institution in the
University of Louisiana System to make the honor roll every year since 2008
(The News Star, March 2012).
Louisiana State University's landscape architecture program has been
ranked the nations's best for three of the past six years, and for the past
two years, LSU's postgraduate program has been second only to that of
Harvard University (The Advocate, February 2012).
Eleven Louisiana Community and Technical College System institutions
have been ranked among the top associate degree and certificate producers in
the country by Community College Week magazine's 2011 edition of the
Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. Acadiana Technical College (Lafayette
Campus), Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City), Capital Area
Technical College (Baton Rouge Campus), Central Louisiana Technical College
(Alexandria Campus), Delgado Community College (New Orleans), L.E. Fletcher
Technical Community College (Houma), Northeast Louisiana Technical College
(Delta Ouachita Campus in West Monroe), Northshore Technical College
(Sullivan Campus in Bogalusa), Northwest Louisiana Technical College, South
Central Louisiana Technical College (Young Memorial Campus in Morgan City)
and Sowela Technical Community College (Lake Charles) were mentioned (The
News Star, July 2011).
The MPA program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette made The
Princeton Review's "The Best 300 Schools" list (The Advocate, October 2010).
The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center ranks 80th, up from 88th
two years ago, on the list of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Tulane
University also placed in the top 100, tying for 48th place (U.S.
News and World Report, The Advocate, April 2010).
Rudolf "Rudy" Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of
Information Systems in LSU's E.J. Ourso College of Business has been
recognized as one of the top researchers in the world for his field by two
different studies. Lin and Gregor, which ranked the productivity of
information systems researchers from around the world using the top six
journals in the field, ranked Hirschheim second. Truex et. al., which used
the Hirsch family of indices to evaluate research influence and looked at
over 4,000 candidates, ranked Hirschheim among the top 10 to 15 researchers
in the world (The Advocate, April 2010).
A new report by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government shows
that three Louisiana universities are of the top 100 public research
universities in the nation. LSU, including the main campus, Pennington
Biomedical Research Center and LSU AgCenter is first in Louisiana and 45th
in the nation, Louisiana State University Health Science Center - New
Orleans and Shreveport - rank second in the state and 95th in the
nation. UL is ranked third in Louisiana and 99th in the country.
The total research dollars of all three institutions, $373.3 million, earned
Louisiana a ranking of 27th in the country (The Advertiser, March
Two of the state's higher education institutions have been ranked among
the Top 100 values in public four year education by Kiplinger's Personal
Finance. LSU ranked 47th and Louisiana Tech was ranked 92nd
for students considering in-state public campus choices. The list reflects
the quality of education and considers graduation rates. Criteria also
included the wealth of academic choices on campus and financial aid
(Kiplinger's, January 2010).
- The trade journal, The Scientist, ranks Pennington Biomedical
Research Center fourth on a list of "Best Places to Work for Postdocs." The
journal's annual listing surveys more than 1,500 post-doctoral fellows
around the world and bases its assessment on working environment, quality of
facilities and infrastructure and the value of the post-doctoral experience,
compensation and benefits (The Advocate, April 2012).
- According to a survey of CEOs done by Chief
Executive magazine, Louisiana ranks as the most improved state for
business in the U.S, according to the magazine's 2012 Best/Worst States for
Business ranking. The state ranks 13th this year, up from 27th
on the list last year. The survey looks at proximity to markets and
resources, industry regulation, tax policies, workforce quality and
education resources (The Advocate, May 2012).
- The Index of State Economic Momentum placed Louisiana
ninth among the 50 states based on three key measures of economic vitality:
personal income growth, employment growth and population growth. The study
was done by Federal Funds Information for States, a non-partisan
subscription which tracks and reports on the fiscal impact of federal budget
and policy decisions on state budgets and programs (The Times Picayune, May
- In 2011, Louisiana's exports climbed 33 percent from
the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's
International Trade Administration. More than $55 billion dollars worth of
Louisiana merchandise was exported overseas in 2011, setting an all-time
record (The Times Picayune, March 2012).
- The Tax Foundation's ranking, Location Matters: A
Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business, ranks Louisiana
second in the U.S. and first in Southern states for new firms and 10th
in the U.S. and third in Southern states for mature firms. The ranking is a
50-state analysis of business tax burdens and it indicates that Louisiana's
business tax competitiveness has improved significantly over the past few
years (Office of the Governor, March 2012).
- In Site Selection magazine's annual
"Governor's Cup" rankings, Louisiana again ranked third best in the U.S. on
a per capita basis and 10th overall for states that gained the
most new and expanded corporate facilities in 2011. The "Governor's Cup"
measures the quantity of significant business development projects for the
calendar year. Baton Rouge placed first among metropolitan areas with
populations between 200,000 and 1 million for the second year in a row,
while Shreveport-Bossier City ranked ninth in the same category. Lake
Charles tied for fourth among metropolitan areas with populations between
50,000 - 200,000 and Morgan City tied for eighth in the 10,000 - 50,000
category (Office of the Governor, February 2012).
- The Port of South Louisiana set cargo records for
2011. The amount of petrochemicals and fertilizers passing through the port
helped reach the 272 million ton record, surpassing the record set in 2006
with 263 million tons (The Times Picayune, February 2012).
- Louisiana ranks third in personal income growth with
a growth of .4 percent in the third quarter of 2011. The report issued by
the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis credits the state's increase to the
health and social services sectors (The Advocate, December 2011).
- Louisiana jumped 14 spots to 30th in the
latest Forbes ranking of "Best States for Business." The dramatic
improvement from last year's ranking of 44th place can be
attributed to a variety of factors including the state's relative economic
performance and growth outlook, an increase in the number of Fortune 1000
headquarters in the state, a new assessment of state tax competitiveness,
reduced energy costs and a jump in Louisiana's economic development
competitiveness ranking (Office of the Governor, November 2011).
- Louisiana's business climate is ranked 7th
in the country for its per capita project expansions, competitiveness and
new projects attracted by Site Selection magazine. Louisiana moved up
from 9th place in 2010, giving the state its highest ranking ever
(Office of the Governor, November 2011).
- In the first quarter of 2011, the total value of
Louisiana exports ranked 4th in the country, up from 8th
in 2010 (CABL, October 2011).
- In the second quarter of 2011, Louisiana moved into
the top 10 states for highest personal income growth, with a growth of 1.4
percent between the first and second quarters of 2011 according to a report
by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The increase is due in large part
to the swelling energy, health care and natural resources sectors (The
Advocate, September 2011).
- Louisiana ranks No. 6 in the U.S. in Area
Development magazine's list of 2011 Top States for Doing Business, which
surveys leading site-selection consultants on which U.S. states are the most
attractive for business investment. Louisiana ranked No. 3 for states that
are leading the economic recovery, No. 4 for states with the best workforce
development programs and No. 4 for states with the best overall business
investment (Office of the Governor, September 2011).
- According to Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the
Port of New Orleans, cargo movements through the port increased 15 percent
over the first half of this year and is on pace to beat last year's record
of 427,000 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, a measurement for
containerized shipping (The Times Picayune, September 2011).
- Louisiana's gross domestic (GDP) grew 2.6 percent in
2010, the 19th-strongest in the country. The oil and gas industry
was a strong contributor to this growth (The Advocate, September 2011).
- Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. ranked Louisiana
second in the nation for its economic development incentives, efforts and
performance. Louisiana Economic Development attributes the improvement from
No. 10 to No. 2 to the creation and upgrade of programs such as the Digital
Interactive Media and Software incentive, Louisiana FastStart, and improved
perceptions among consultants and corporate executives (Baton Rouge Business
Report, August 2011).
- Business Facilities
magazine named Louisiana FastStart the No. 1 workforce program in the
country for the second year in a row, noting its impressive diversity and
coordination of economic development efforts across the state. Louisiana
FastStart provides customized recruitment, screening and training to
companies expanding in or relocating to Louisiana at no cost (The Advocate,
- Louisiana was named as the second-best state in
Economic Growth Potential by Business Facilities magazine because of
this year's showing to diverse new investment and job growth in industries
including oil and gas, steel and digital media. The magazine also ranked
Louisiana 7th for Best Business Climate, up from 8th
in 2010 (Baton Rouge Business Report, August 2011).
- Louisiana had the second-largest increase among all
states in the number of raw jobs created in the last five years according to
American City Business (CABL, July 2011).
- According to a recent Fraser Institute survey of
energy industry executives rating more than 130 global producing areas,
Louisiana is in the top 10 percent of the most attractive areas for
exploration investment in the world (Department of Natural Resources, July
- For the third year in a row, Southern Business and
Development named Louisiana "State of the Year," but this year Louisiana
stands at the top alone, no longer tying with Tennessee. The magazine states
that Louisiana attracts more significant business investment and
job-creating projects per capita than any other state in the south.
(Louisiana Economic Development, July 2011).
- Standard & Poor, a financial research and analysis
firm, has given Louisiana its best credit rating in nearly 30 years,
adjusting the state's AA- to AA and pronouncing the state's bond outlook as
"stable." The firm commended the state on its lower-than-average
unemployment and a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and
gave it high marks for financial management, budget and government framework
(The Lake Charles American Press, May 2011).
- According to a survey of 550 CEOs done by Chief
Executive magazine, Louisiana ranks 27th on a list of the
best states in which to do business, up 14 spots from last year and the
highest finish since the magazine began. The survey looks at proximity to
markets and resources, industry regulation, tax policies, workforce quality
and education resources (The Baton Rouge Business Report, May 2011).
- Louisiana's global exports rose 26.7 percent in 2010,
according to The World Trade Center. The total value of the state's exports
was $41.3 billion, up from 2009's total of $32.6 billion. This increase
placed Louisiana ninth in state rankings. The state's primary exports
include agricultural products, petroleum and coal products, chemicals, and
food products (The Advocate, May 2011).
- The National Hurricane Conference, a forum for
education and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness,
awarded The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness and Louisiana Economic Development with the 2011 National
Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award for their "innovative
achievement" related to hurricane preparedness (Labeoc.org, April 2011).
- Louisiana's Economic Development Department ranks
first in Site Selection's magazine list of state economic
development agencies. LED received the magazine's 2010 Competitive Award.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development
Alliance and Greater New Orleans Inc. were also listed as some of the best
agencies of their kind. LED was awarded the top spot partly because of Nucor
Corp.'s project in St. James Parish, which was selected among the Top North
American Deals for 2010 (The Advocate, May 2011).
- In Trade & Industry Development magazine's
sixth annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) Awards, three
of Louisiana's business development projects from 2010 received awards.
Louisiana tied with North Carolina for the most project awards in the south.
Nucor Corp. in Covent, La. (up to 1,250 new direct jobs) was selected as one
of the top 15 new corporate investment projects. Blade Dynamics in New
Orleans (600 new direct jobs) and DG Foods in Bastrop, La. (317 new direct
jobs) were among the top 15 in the U.S. for community impact projects (The
Lake Charles American Press, March 2011).
- According to the "Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial
Activity," a leading indicator of new business creation in the United
States, Louisiana is among the top five states having the highest
entrepreneurial activity rates. The report shows that 460 per 100,000 adults
created a business per month in Louisiana in 2010 (Kauffman Foundation,
- In 2010, Louisiana agriculture contributed $9.9
billion to the state's economy, up 20 percent from the previous year,
according to the LSU AgCenter's Ag Summary. The biggest contributors to this
gain were poultry and forestry (The Advocate, March 2011).
- The employer resource company Manpower Inc. released
its Employment Outlook Survey which ranked Louisiana No. 1 in the nation for
projected job growth in the first quarter of 2011. In Louisiana, 21 percent
of employers surveyed planned to increase their staff during that time
period, a greater percentage than any other state in the nation. In
addition, of the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas included in the
Survey, Baton Rouge ranked No. 1 with a plus 18 percent outlook (The Town
Talk, January 2011).
- Louisiana's exports increased by 20 percent in the
third quarter of 2010. A value equal to $27.4 billion, according to a report
issued by the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Louisiana ranks among the
top ten states for export growth (The Advocate, December 2010).
- Louisiana was named 2010 "State of the Year" by
Business Facilities magazine. The magazine, which reaches top site
selection professionals, chose Louisiana as the winner because of its recent
business climate reforms, business development wins in 2010, innovative
incentive programs, economic growth strategy and world-class workforce
training program, LED FastStart (LED, December 2010).
- A new report distributed by the Federal Bureau of
Economic Analysis ranked Louisiana fifth in the nation, and first in the
Southeast region, for its growth rate for the goods and services produced in
2009 in the nation. The state's gross domestic product rose 2.5 percent to
$187.93 billion in 2009 while 39 states saw declines in the value of all
goods and services they produced (The Advocate, November 2010).
- Baton Rouge was ranked among the 21 strongest U.S.
metro economies by the Brookings Institute. Baton Rouge's unemployment rate
is at 5.9 percent, well below the U.S. average of 10.1 percent. Its one-year
change in housing prices is down 4.6 percent, fifth-best in the U.S. It
ranks 12th best in foreclosed properties, having 1.44 per 1,000
mortgages while the U.S. average is 4.54 per 1,000 (The Advocate, June
- Louisiana is rated as the overall best U.S. export
performer by a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, noting that the amount of
goods shipped from Louisiana has increased 69 percent since 2005.
Additionally, it cites Louisiana's FastStart custom job-training program, a
two-year petroleum technology degree offered through Louisiana Community and
Technical College System and the state's Small Entrepreneurship program as
models for national job growth (The Advocate, June 2010).
- Louisiana ranked second among U.S. states in the 2009
Competitiveness Award competition judged by Site Selection magazine.
Scores were based on Conway Data's tracking of new and expanded facilities
and plants (The Advocate, April 2010).
- Exxon Mobil Corp ranks second in Fortune
Magazine's 500 largest American companies. Shaw Group Inc. moved up 48
spots to rank 309th in the 2010 list. Century Link, based in
Monroe, became a new Louisiana Fortune 500 company rising from 753rd
to 423rd after a telecommunications merger last year (The
Advocate, April 2010).
- James Construction Group and MAPP Construction, both
in Baton Rouge, made the list of top six contractors established by South
Central Construction, a regional construction magazine. Nominations for
the list came from six southern states (Baton Rouge Business Report, April
- Louisiana Economic Development recently received two
Internet Advertising Competition awards from the Web Marketing Association,
which recognizes online advertising excellence. LED won Best Government Web
site and LED's digital media campaign won Best Government Online Ad (The
Advocate, March 2010).
- Southwest Louisiana is being called an "Empire of
Energy" in Site Selection magazine. This empire is highlighted by
companies like Shaw Modular Solutions, Verenium, Chenier Energy, Sempra
Energy and Trunkline LNG (The Lake Charles American Press, March 2010).
- According to The Daily Beast's "25 Boom States"
Louisiana is third for best job growth prospects (The Daily Beast, March
- In Gallup's Job Creation Index for 2009, Louisiana
tied for third among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The poll
says that this is due to Louisiana being an energy and commodity state
(Gallup, January 2010).
- Lafayette now carries the title of "South's Tastiest Town." With ten
cities in the running in Southern Living magazine's competition, Lafayette
took nearly 40 percent of the more than 500,000 votes cast. New Orleans
earned the #3 ranking (Department of Natural Resources, March 2012).
- According to CNN Money, Ascension and Livingston Parishes are among the
top 25 counties in the nation with the highest job growth over the past
decade. Ascension ranks No. 9 with 46.6% job growth since 2000 and
Livingston ranks No. 11 with 42.9% job growth since 2000. The two parishes
were the only in the state to make the list, which credits the increase in
job growth to heavy industry coming back to life along the lower Mississippi
River (1012 Corridor, August 2011).
- Shreveport has been selected by Forbes magazine as first in the
nation in terms of the cost of doing business, seventh among mid-size cities
in terms of job growth, and 68th out of 200 metropolitan
statistical areas for business and careers. (Shreveport Times, July 2011).
- According to a ranking of cities by NewGeography.com for Forbes,
New Orleans climbed 287 places on the list of biggest job-growth gainers in
the nation this year, placing it at seventh overall and second among large
metros adding new jobs to the economy (1012 Corridor, May 2011).
- Haydel's Bakery on Jefferson Highway in New Orleans was selected as the
Jeffrey Butland Family-Business of the Year by the Small Business
Administration. The 51-year-old bakery was selected from a pool of 10
regional winners around the country. Its win is attributed to evidence of
success as measured by sales and profits, increase in employment for family
and non family members, potential for long-tern business success and
economic growth, and community involvement (The Times Picayune, April 2011).
- Baton Rouge was listed among Forbes' list of Where Americans
Are Getting Richer (Yahoo! Finance, December 2010).
- New Orleans has been selected as a Top 10 best place for Military
Retirement by USAA and Military.com. New Orleans was listed as 9th
for having overall economic stability, sports teams, universities and
interesting culture (New Orleans City Business, December 2010).
- Baton Rouge ranked 10th in Portfolio.com's Best Labor Markets
For Young Adults List (Portfolio.com, March 2010).
- In the Brookings Institution's Metro Monitor Report, Baton Rouge ranked
among the top 20 strongest-performing metro areas (metromonitor.com, March
- Lafayette ranked fifth and Baton Rouge ranked 10th on the
Housing Predictor's list of the ten best markets in the U.S. (Housingpredictor.com,
- Shreveport ranked third in MovieMaker Magazine's annual list of
the 10 best cities in the U.S. for independent moviemakers to live, work and
make movies. The criteria for the list included cost of living, employment
opportunities, housing costs, crime rates and quality of life, state and
city financial incentives, access to talent and local resources, as well as
other factors (MovieMaker Magazine, January 2010).
- According to Gallup Healthways' annual index tracking well-being
nationwide, Louisiana improved 6 places, and is ranked 11th in
the nation in the life evaluation indicator, which looks at how good
respondents feel their current life situation is (Department of Health and
Hospitals, February 2012).
- Louisiana scored a perfect 100 on the Centers for Disease Control and
Preventions (CDC) evaluation of the state's public health emergency
preparedness and response capabilities for the second year in a row
(Department of Health & Hospitals, September 2011).
- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was
given a $1.4 million bonus award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) for outstanding and timely customer service in providing Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps.
This is the third consecutive year Louisiana earned the timeliness bonus
(Department of Children and Family Services, September 2010).
- The 2010 Recognition Award for Excellence in Human Services Information
Technology was given to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS) by the 2010 American Public Human Services Association. DCFS
was awarded for their Disaster Food Stamp Program which allows low to
moderate income residents who think they could be impacted by a disaster to
pre-apply for benefits online or by phone (Department of Children and Family
Services, September 2010).
- Louisiana has the highest number of people registered as organ donors
through the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles, according to statistics
compiled by Donate Life America, a nonprofit group promoting organ donation.
68 percent of people say yes when asked if they would like to register as
organ and tissue donors when obtaining a license or state ID. The national
average is 38 percent (The Advocate, June 2010.)
- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group ranks LaTrac, the state
government's website and online state spending database, as fourth of its
kind in the nation for a second year in a row, giving it a score of "A-" for
its transparency. The study annually rates transparency initiatives for all
50 states (Governing.com, March 2012).
- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
was honored with a "Gold Award" from the 2011 MarCom Awards, an
international marketing and communication competition, for its work in
producing materials and holding a special education and outreach event to
teach local governing authorities, eligible private non-profits and tribal
governing authorities how to properly procure contacts and other services,
"Getting it Right, The Practice of Procurement." (GOHSEP, January 2012).
- According to a study conducted by the Office of Emergency Communication
(OEC), Louisiana "has achieved one of the most sophisticated levels of
communications usage in the nation," when it comes to interoperable
communications among state and local entities. The Louisiana Wireless
Information Network (LWIN) allows local and state agencies to communicate on
the same radio system (Governor's Office of Homeland Security and
Preparedness, September 2011).
- Lake Charles has been selected as one of the top best 25 places in the
United States to retire by CNNMoney. The report credits the city's ranking
to its outdoor appeal, numerous festivals and growing arts community (The
American Press, September 2011).
- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) set a
record for the third consecutive year in collecting child support payments -
more than $365 million was collected for Fiscal Year 2010 (DCFS, February
- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) was
one of seven states to be recognized with an outstanding transportation
project award given by the Southeastern Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials for the department's Louisiana TIMED Program, which
has resulted in almost 500 miles of improved roads, a new port, airport
upgrades, and two bridge projects spanning the Mississippi River (DOTD,
- The Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, ranked Louisiana's
state highways 36th in highway performance and cost-effectiveness
based on information from 2008, moving it up seven spots compared to its
previous year's ranking. Since Governor Jindal took office, the state has
invested a total of $3.5 billion in roads and reduced the backlog of highway
projects by $1.5 million. The state's overall improvement in its roads was
noted by the foundation (The Lake Charles American Press, September 2010).
- A national study titled "Volunteering in America," an annual 50-state
review by the Corporation for National and Community Service, shows that
more than 707,000 Louisiana residents volunteered during 2009. Their
volunteered labor totaled 103.5 million hours and provided an economic
impact of nearly $2.1 billion. The volunteer rate increased 21 percent from
the year 2008 to 2009 (The Town Talk, June 2010).
- Stacey Simmons, head of the Baton Rouge Area Digital Industries
Consortium and creator of the Red Stick International Animation Festival,
has been selected by the magazine Fast Company as one of the 100 Most
Creative People in 2010 for her creation of Omnicademy, a new Web portal
that enables colleges and universities to exchange courses and materials
over the Internet (The Advocate, May 2010).
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