Bilten Park megasite opens along I-12

The 6,031-acre Bilten Park megasite has opened for sale/lease and development at the intersection of Interstate 12 and La. 434 on the north shore of the greater New Orleans area.

Bilten Park is targeting local and national business relocations and growth. Interest is expected from office parks, logistics centers, manufacturing facilities and health care services, said Bradley Cook, sales and leasing executive with Stirling Properties, which is co-listing the property with CBRE Group Inc.

The development-ready site offers intermodal accessibility, including 3.5 miles of frontage along I-12 and proximity to major markets. Future infrastructure additions are planned for the site.

Information is available from Cook at (985) 246-3720 or; Darin Gosda at (713) 577-1819 or; and Bill Boyer at (713) 881-0919 or

Keep La. Beautiful accepting applications

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is accepting applications until April 6 for its 2018-19 cycle of healthy communities grants and for trash receptacles.

The trash receptacle program provides up to five receptacles to recipients, available only to affiliates of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

Healthy communities grants support environmental education; litter cleanups; litter enforcement; water pollution; household hazardous waste; environmental training/workshops; waste reduction; and reuse and recycle initiatives. The reimbursement grant is open to organizations, governmental agencies, schools and universities, Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates and pre-certified affiliates.

Disaster designation to help farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Avoyelles and Catahoula parishes as primary natural disaster areas because of damages and losses caused by flooding from Hurricane Harvey from Aug. 26 through Oct. 10, 2017.

Eligible farmers and ranchers in contiguous parishes also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those parishes are Caldwell, Franklin, Rapides, Concordia, LaSalle, St. Landry, Evangeline, Pointe Coupee and Tensas.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for the agency's emergency loans. Farmers have eight months from the date of the Jan. 2 declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The agency has a variety of other programs to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of the hurricane and also some programs that do not require a disaster declaration.

Information is at

Women's, children's center opens

Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette has opened the Women’s & Children’s Center at 1811 Rees St. in Breaux Bridge.

Founded in 1983, Women’s & Children’s Hospital provides specialized health care services for women and children. Services include obstetrical care and specialized attention for gestational diabetes, multiples and other high-risk pregnancy conditions.

The phone is (337) 443-6870.

SCORE chapter offers seminars, workshop

The SCORE Baton Rouge chapter is offering seminars on managing a business and starting a business and a workshop on Quickbooks this week.

The all-day seminar on "Starting and Managing a Business" is at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 in the Bon Carre Executive Conference Center at 7249 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Topics include business plans, business taxes, legal aspects of business, technology, advertising and marketing, insurance and banking requirements.

The "Introduction to Quickbooks" workshop is being held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 in the library branch at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The two-hour "Simple Steps to Starting your Business" is at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the library branch at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Information and registration are at

GNO Inc. planning annual luncheon

GNO Inc. will hold its annual luncheon with a theme of "Strategies for Success" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans' Empire Ballroom, 601 Loyola Ave., in New Orleans.

The organization will focus on accomplishments in 2017, including the largest economic development jobs win in Louisiana history with DXC Technology, the first flight to Europe in decades and legislative victories in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C.

The program will open with networking, entertainment and cash bar from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a lunch program until 1 p.m. General admission is $65 per person. Tables for 10 are available for $650. Registration is at

Ochsner Urgent Care opens in Mid-City

Ochsner Health System is opening an urgent care and specialty health center in Mid-City this month.

The 9,000-square foot Ochsner Urgent Care will be at the corner of Canal and S. Carrollton, providing non-emergency illness and injury services. A specialty health center will co-occupy the space, with women’s services starting this month and dermatology services beginning in March.

The urgent care facility also will provide occupational health services, focused on the prevention, evaluation, treatment and resolution of work-related injuries, illnesses and diseases.

More information is at appointment or (504) 842-7400.