Trahan Architects, a global architecture firm with studios in New Orleans, was awarded the AIA Georgia 2021 Excellence Award for Interior Architecture for its design of the Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

This award, given by AIA Georgia, an association of The American Institute of Architects, is in recognition of commitment to the design profession and the pursuit of architectural excellence.

The Alliance Theatre, founded in 1968, is a Tony Award-winning regional theatre located within the Woodruff Arts Center campus.


The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has announced the winners of its 2021 Free Enterprise Awards.

James M. Lapeyre Jr., of Laitram, won the Ed Steimel Achievement Award. the award honors long-standing membership and service to LABI and recognizes individuals who have committed extraordinary time and effort to improve the quality of life in Louisiana.

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Advantous Consulting and Prescriptions to Geaux won the Company of the Year Award for businesses with fewer than 100 employees. O’Nealgas, EnLink Midstream and Abnar were honored in the category of businesses with more than 100 employees.  

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer was honored posthumously as a Free Enterprise Champion. Tyler Gray was honored as a Free Enterprise Champion in the young businessperson category. The awards recognize people who demonstrate exemplary commitment and contributions to the state’s business climate and their local communities.

Atlas Feed Mills and Laissez Versez were honored as Manufacturer of the Year in the category of less than 100 employees. John Deere Thibodaux and Drax Biomass took awards as Manufacturer of the Year in the category of more than 100 employees. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation was honored as Workforce Innovator of the Year. 

Josh and Toni McAllister with the Louisiana Loggers Association were named Economic Development Partner of the Year.