Export training course scheduled in Lafayette

A training course on developing or expanding an export business is being offered to Louisiana companies in Lafayette from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7 and April 8 at the Lafayette International Center at 735 Jefferson St.

The program, organized by the Louisiana District Export Council, is designed to train business people in developing an international business strategy while identifying the steps needed to find new consumers in foreign markets.

Topics include export financing, logistics, key export compliance topics related to international contracts, export management, and packaging and labeling.

The cost is $125.

For information or to register, contact Marisol Canedo at (504) 722-7894 or email mcanedo50@gmail.com.

Events association forms chapter in BR

Organizers have formed the Baton Rouge Events Association, a standalone professional organization dedicated to career development of event planners and suppliers.

More than 100 event planners and vendors from around the Greater Baton Rouge area gathered for the launch of the association March 17.

Monthly luncheons are planned featuring area venues and speakers who can address best practices in all areas of the industry.

For information or to join, visit www.batonrougeevents association.org.

Itinerary released for groups’ Arizona visit

The itinerary has been set for the 2015 Super Region Canvas trip area business and civic leaders from Baton Rouge and New Orleans will take to the Phoenix and Tucson regions of Arizona.

The April 19-21 trip is being hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans Inc. to learn about successes driving the two regions in Arizona.

“The canvas trip will feature a diverse panel of experts from the private and public sectors, as well as academia on a range of topics that will be instructive to the Super Region delegation,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC.

Panel presentations will feature education and workforce, health care and bioscience, entrepreneurship, and transportation planning and economic growth.

Grady Gammage Jr., lead author of “Megapolitan: Sun Corridor” and a senior fellow at Arizona State University’s Institute for Public Policy, will outline the region’s 20-year plan to develop into an economically strong and dynamic “super-region.”

Experts from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Arizona State University, the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Center and executives from private industry are slated to speak.

The trip will conclude in Tucson, where the development of streetcar service stimulated the economic revitalization of the downtown area.

The executive director of Maricopa Association of Governments, the Phoenix area’s metropolitan planning organization, will discuss that organization’s nationally recognized, “innovative” approach to transportation infrastructure development.

Limited registration is still available at www.SRCcanvas or contact Mandi Magill at mandi@brac.org.

Liberty Bank acquires First Tuskegee Bank

New Orleans-based Liberty Bank and Trust Co. has acquired the assets of First Tuskegee Bank, with branches in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Alabama.

The acquisition is Liberty Bank’s first venture into Alabama. Liberty’s other operations are in New Orleans; Baton Rouge; Jackson, Mississippi; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago; and Detroit.

Liberty Bank was founded in 1972 and has more than $600 million in assets. Liberty Bank is among the three largest African-American-owned financial institutions in the country.

LSU AgCenter plans April, May workshops

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled a feral hog management workshop in April and a prescribed burning workshop in May.

The free feral hog workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until noon April 11 at the War Memorial Civic Center, 250 W. Seventh St., in DeRidder. Topics will include estimated monetary damage caused by wild pigs and various methods of controlling them, including the use of sodium nitrite.

The prescribed burning workshop will be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on May 7-8 and 8 a.m. until noon on May 9 at the War Memorial Civic Center. Topics will include fuels, burning techniques, tools, optimum weather, smoke management, liability, fire behavior and planning.

The cost for the prescribed burning workshop is $130. More information is available from LSU AgCenter agent Keith Hawkins at (337) 463-7006 or khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Editor’s Note: The item about the Baton Rouge Events Association was changed March 31, 2015, to say it is a standalone organization.