LaHouse center plans lead training course

The LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center will host a “Lead Certified Renovator Training” 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday at 2858 Gourrier Ave., between Nicholson Drive and River Road, at the southwest edge of the LSU campus.

The course is aimed at helping contractors meet EPA lead renovation, repair and painting rules.

The rule requires contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be lead-certified, which decreases the risk of lead contamination caused by renovation and repair activities.

After completing the course, participants take the RRP certification test, administered through the National Center for Healthy Housing, a nationwide EPA-accredited RRP training provider.

Louisiana residential contractors also can earn eight continuing education credits.

More information about the certification requirements, course fees and a link to the course registration site are available at the seminars and events link, by calling (225) 578-2378 or emailing

Nonprofit selected for insurance co-op

METAIRIE — Metairie-based Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc., the state’s first Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan, has been licensed by the Louisiana Department of Insurance to sell health insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1.

The nonprofit was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create and operate the CO-OP.

Louisiana Health Cooperative will begin enrolling members on Oct. 1 through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Financial literacy contest announced

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Creative Curriculum Challenge, a statewide grant competition created to encourage and support the teaching of financial literacy in Louisiana public schools serving students in grades 2-12.

The deadline for applications is June 26.

The challenge is being sponsored by Capital One Bank, with the goal of identifying the best, most creative ways teachers are integrating financial education into their classrooms and award those teachers cash prizes that will allow them to continue and expand their work during the 2013-2014 school year. Nine grants totaling more than $20,000 will be awarded.

Applications are online at Winners will be notified by email Aug. 6.

N.O. bureau focuses on conventions

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a new executive vice president position as part of an effort to better establish New Orleans as a convention destination.

Brad Weaber, a 25-year meeting industry veteran who has served as executive vice president of both SmithBucklin and Experient, will become the executive vice president, said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the bureau.

“Brad Weaber is one of the most respected meeting professionals in the nation and a true rainmaker in our industry. His innovative ideas, strategic thinking and invaluable breadth of customer and marketplace experience will make New Orleans an even more competitive destination for meetings and conventions and add enormous value for our clients,” Perry said.

The bureau also is conducting a national search for a vice president of convention sales with the upcoming summer retirement of 31-year veteran Nikki Nicholson Moon.