Workforce incentive fund forum scheduled

A forum on Louisiana’s new workforce incentive fund will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the LABI Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The event is being hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Committee of 100 and Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

During the 2014 session, the Legislature unanimously voted to invest $40 million in a workforce incentive fund called the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy fund, or WISE.

“A sense of urgency is needed to fill the 69,000 STEM-related jobs Louisiana will gain between now and 2018,” LABI President Stephen Waguespack said.

The fund will allocate money to state colleges and universities that partner with private industry to produce graduates with high-demand degrees and certificates, and link their coursework to industry’s employment needs. The program also will fund state research institutions to spur commercial innovations.

The forum will feature panelists representing the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Workforce Commission, business and industry, and higher education.

The event is open to the public. Information and registration are available at or by calling Melody Woodworth (225) 382-3750 or emailing

J2 Subsea opens facility in New Iberia

J2 Subsea, an Acteon company, has opened a new facility in New Iberia to make its remotely operated vehicle tools more readily available for subsea operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The facility includes servicing and support and a hydraulic workshop for tool preparation, providing torque tools, analysers, Webtool cutters, intensifiers, grinders, work packs, jetters and cleaners to ROV and diving companies in North America.

The facility will receive support from the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, U.K., and is the first stage of a global expansion plan.

J2 Subsea provides hydraulics and Acteon sister company Seatronics supplies electronics.

J2 Subsea also will be introducing the WeSubsea range of dredgers for rental in the Gulf of Mexico.

Keep La. Beautiful applications sought

Keep Louisiana Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction in the state, is accepting applications for its 2014-15 Healthy Communities Grants Program.

The deadline is Aug. 27.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to help fund local litter prevention, enforcement and education projects.

Last year, KLB awarded $230,000 in grants to 34 different organizations, including 19 affiliates, and a combination of 15 community and educational organizations around the state.

The program is designed to help 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental agencies, KLB affiliates, schools and school districts, and youth groups implement projects with a specific focus on litter abatement through community education, recycling and enforcement.

Information, criteria and applications are online at Grant applications are to be submitted via email to