Louisiana Biz: LABI, Federal City, New Orleans Chamber, BRAC, JEDCO, La Tech

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Today’s Louisiana business shorts include the upcoming Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s shareholder meeting featuring the Chairman of Whole Foods John Elstrott, the new Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Federal City, Louisiana Tech and JEDCO finalists.

The business shorts are comprised from press releases submitted to Bayoubuzz.com

This week, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced that the 2015 BRAC Shareholders’ Meeting: All That Jazz, will be held on March 24, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at L’auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge. The event will feature special guest Dr. John Elstrott, chairman of Whole Foods Market, as well as jazz music, cocktails and a seated dinner, a recap of achievements of 2014, and an awards program to recognize investors’ contributions to regional economic development. This is BRAC’s biggest annual meeting and will also include a presentation by BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp, who will speak on what’s ahead for the region and the organization over the next year. Learn more at brac.org/shareholders.

“2014 saw historic employment numbers and regional economic growth provided BRAC and our regional allies several opportunities to embrace progress, change, and diversification of the economy,” said Knapp. “The 2015 Shareholders’ Meeting will be a great way to celebrate with members of our business community and learn more about BRAC’s plans for the year ahead. This event is an excellent occasion to make the most of your BRAC investment, or, if you are not part of the organization, it’s a chance to get involved.”

Dr. Elstrott will share insights and experiences from his forty-year career as an entrepreneur. Elstrott serves as the chairman of board and is past chair of the audit committee for Whole Foods Market, Inc., a Fortune 300 and S&P 500 company. He is also the emeritus executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.On Tuesday, more than 1,000 business leaders attended the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) 2015 Annual Meeting presented by Cajun Industries, LLC at the Crowne Plaza Executive Conference Center in Baton Rouge. LABI is pleased to announce the 2015 officers and board of directors, representing the diversity of Louisiana’s business community in geography, company size, and industry sector.

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