UNO collaborating to design electric boat

The University of New Orleans Boysie Bollinger School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Scale Innovations, a New Orleans industrial design firm, are teaming up to design and engineer an electric boat.

Electric vehicles are quickly being adopted by manufacturers and consumers worldwide. Electric boats, the newest category in the EV sector, are growing rapidly in the United States with the market projected to double in the next five years.

The genesis of this collaboration came in early 2020 when UNO naval architecture and marine engineering student Nigel Watkins was working as an intern with Scale. Watkins had previously completed a summer internship at an electric yacht company in Europe, and he believed electric boats could be viable in New Orleans. This gave the Scale team a vision that electric boats could be used for surveying and conservation, rather than just recreation.

This project comes at a time with increased demand for work vessels due to a large renewable energy transition in the Gulf Coast and rapid growth in the coastal restoration industry. Offshore wind initiatives are already at play in the New Orleans area, with wind farms beginning to develop in the next few years.

Digital media program receives grant

A higher education program to provide workforce development in digital media is the latest recipient of an award from Louisiana’s Entertainment Development Fund. The Digital Media Institute at InterTech, a division of the Shreveport-based BRF, will receive $500,000 to help prepare college students to work as professional digital artists with skills in the latest industry techniques. 

Through the new program, students at the University of New Orleans, Northwestern State University and Nunez Community College will gain access to DMII’s accredited one-year certificate program in animation, visual effects and interactive content. DMII will expand the program to multiple on-site classrooms and implement online offerings statewide, making the program more affordable and accessible.

Fast Pace Health urgent care open in Denham Springs

Fast Pace Health has opened a Denham Springs urgent care clinic at 300 Florida Ave. S.E., just in front of Tractor Supply.

The clinic will be open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. Services include urgent care treatment, COVID-19 testing and pre-employment screenings, as well as on-site lab and X-ray services. The clinic can be reached at (225) 523-6022.

Bollinger Shipyards delivers ship early

Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport delivered its fifth patrol ship to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Florida, almost a week ahead of schedule despite a three-week shutdown after Hurricane Ida.

The John Scheuerman left Port Fourchon on Oct. 11 and was delivered to the Coast Guard six days later. The cutters have been used for coastal security, fishery patrols, search and rescue, border patrol, and national defense. The 154-foot ships carry a crew of 24, are armed with four .50-caliber machine guns and can travel at up to 28 knots, or 32 mph.

The ship is the fifth of six cutters sent to replace the Coast Guard's fleet of patrol boats which are 30 years old. Each ship costs about $65 million, and the entire program will cost the Coast Guard more than $3.7 billion

BRCC donation to benefit construction management program

Baton Rouge Community College received a $142,000 donation from the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors and the Contractors’ Education Trust Fund. 

The donation is awarded annually to construction management programs that meet the criteria set forth by the LSLBC. BRCC is one of four schools throughout the state that received the donation, and this marks the sixth consecutive year that the college’s construction management program was awarded with the gift.

BRCC’s construction management program is the only two-year accredited program in Louisiana, and one of only 15 accredited two-year degree in the country.

Meeting to discuss forestry landowner options after Ida

A meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Spring Creek Milling Building in Kentwood to give forestry landowners an opportunity to hear from experts on the options available to help them recover from Hurricane Ida.

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Representatives from federal and state agencies will be on hand to provide insight on programs that may provide financial assistance for landowners. Experts from private industry will offer advice regarding insurance claims and tax questions related to losses caused by the storm.

Registration is required. To register for the meeting, contact Whitney Wallace at or (985) 748-9381. 

Free adult coding prep program available

Operation Spark, a nonprofit tech bootcamp dedicated to changing lives by advancing technology skills for today's workplace, is offering a free two-week introduction to computer coding starting Monday.

The course meets virtually for two consecutive weeks, Monday through Thursday. To register for the Prep Program, interested candidates must participate in a Virtual Information Session prior to enrollment. For times and information or to register, go to

For information on Operation Spark, go to

Louisiana Bar Foundation announces recognitions

The Louisiana Bar Federation will honor the 2021 Distinguished Jurist Carl J. Barbier, Distinguished Attorney Gordon L. James, Distinguished Professor Dian Tooley-Knoblett and Calogero Justice Award Recipient Hillar C. Moore III at its 36th Annual Fellows Gala on April 22 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  

The Annual Fellows Gala is the foundation's largest annual fundraiser. A mix of judges, attorneys and law professors from across the state will be in attendance to support its mission. For information, visit

Louisiana Machinery Co. acquires Livingston NAPA store 

Louisiana Machinery Co. has acquired the NAPA Auto Parts store located in Livingston.

This further expands Louisiana Machinery’s NAPA store ownership to four statewide locations with existing retail/wholesale stores in Leesville, DeRidder and Winnfield.

This acquisition further complements Louisiana Cat’s supply chain by widening available products, providing additional inventory depth, expanded geographic retail/wholesale store coverage and further enhancing light, medium and heavy duty automotive and truck business related services.

Three-year grant awarded to LSU AgCenter for pest management

A three-year National Institutes of Food and Agriculture grant was recently awarded to a team of LSU AgCenter researchers and extension specialists who are combining their decades of experience to find solutions to a variety of harmful pests.

The $322,666 in grant funds were awarded to entomologist Gene Reagan and plant pathologist Boyd Padgett. They are working alongside research associate Forest Huval and graduate assistant Megan Mulcahy. The money is dedicated to supporting extension programs in the state.

The team has set four objectives for their work: improved monitoring and management of agronomic pests, such as the Mexican rice borer, a scourge of rice and sugar cane production; personnel support for the LSU AgCenter Plant Diagnostic Center; development and distribution of education and extension materials; and pesticide recertification, safety and application training.

Work starts on St. Tammany Domino's Pizza

Gulf States Real Estate Services and Gulf States Construction Services has commenced work on its latest project in St. Tammany Parish.

They will be constructing a 3,000-square-foot building near Interstate 12 and La. 59 that will house a new state-of-the-art Domino’s Pizza as well as a 1,400-square-foot additional space for lease. 

Domino’s will offer a variety of services to a community, including in-house dining, pick-up and its traditional delivery service. An opening is planned for early spring.