Engineering group seeks award entries

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana is accepting entries until Sept. 16 for its 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

The program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity. Projects must have been substantially completed and ready for use between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2019. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 21 in Baton Rouge

Any firm engaged in the private practice of consulting engineering or surveying in Louisiana is eligible to enter the awards program whether or not the firm is an ACEL member. Projects may have been executed anywhere in the world, but a substantial role must have been completed by personnel in a Louisiana office.

Winners and honor awards will be presented in 12 categories, with one Grand Conceptor Award chosen from among the category winners.

Judging criteria, information and online entry are at www.acec.org/acec-of-louisiana/awards/eea-awards/

Keep La. Beautiful conference scheduled

Keep Louisiana Beautiful will hold its annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet Sept. 25-26 in Baton Rouge.

Industry experts, civic officials, and anti-litter advocates from across the state will gather to present and share best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can bring back to their own communities.

Topics include how the state handles roadside and interstate litter; tackling food waste; improving city appearance through green policies and programs; neighborhood influences on health and violence; and plogging, a new twist to traditional litter cleanups.

The first night of the conference concludes with the Everyday Hero Awards Banquet to honor outstanding affiliates, community organizations, corporate partners and individuals that go above and beyond in their daily work to keep their communities clean and beautiful.

Individuals, municipalities, businesses and organizations can register for the event. Opportunities for exhibitors also are available. Award nominations and conference details are at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Magazine ranks state training program No. 1 

Business Facilities magazine has ranked LED FastStart as the nation’s No. 1 state workforce training program for a record 10th consecutive year.

Established in 2008, LED FastStart became the national leader in workforce training by building talent pipelines that connect Louisiana’s skilled workforce to economic development projects across the state. Since 2008, FastStart has delivered 463,000 training hours to over 29,000 employees linked to 233 new economic development projects in Louisiana.

In the magazine’s 15th annual Rankings Report, Louisiana also ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for lowest industrial electric rates and No. 2 for both foreign direct investments and foreign trade zones-imports; No. 3 for cybersecurity growth potential and also foreign trade zones-exports and No. 8 for overall economic growth potential.

The Port of South Louisiana ranked No. 1 in the U.S. among the leading foreign trade zones for imports.

Hispanic Chamber sets Excelencia Gala

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana will hold its 2019 Excelencia Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the InterContinental Hotel at 444 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans.

The event will consist of dinner with a silent auction and raffle. Live entertainment will be performed throughout the night by Julio y Cesar y Su Banda, playing Latin and American music.

Information and tickets are available at www.hccl.biz.

SQLSaturday IT training event set

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge, a free information technology training event, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at LSU Business Education Complex on Nicholson Extension.

The training event, with about 500 participants expected, features multiple tracks on business intelligence, database administration and development, SharePoint and .NET development. It also has a track for chief information officers and IT leadership, and a STEM track for kids produced in cooperation with the Foundation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

The conference, the 11th for Baton Rouge, works not only with Microsoft SQL Server databases, but also .NET development, mobile apps, analytics, system administration and executive dashboards. It is funded by national and local sponsors.

The event schedule and pre-registration are at available at http://www.sqlsatbr.com/.

State of Parish topic at Livingston Chamber

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks will address the State of the Parish Luncheon being held by the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, in Denham Springs.

Check-in for the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

Ricks will be giving updates on the state of the parish, but also focus on drainage. New Livingston Parish Public School Superintendent Joe Murphy will introduce himself.

The Livingston Parish Chamber will also provide updates on elections, business advocacy and community initiatives, including the Litter Free LP initiative. Leadership Livingston class of 2020 participants will be announced.

Cost is $35 general admission; $25 member fee if pre-paid by noon  Aug. 12 or $30 after noon Aug. 12. Registration is required to attend www.livingstonparishchamber.org.

Flores MBA Alumni group plans event

The Flores MBA Alumni Association is hosting Jazz and Cocktails from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 for LSU MBA alumni and incoming and current MBA students.

The networking event will conclude with an MBA orientation. Information and reservations are at www.lsu.edu/business/mba/index.php.

Ochsner Health opens Lake Terrace clinic

Ochsner Health Center — Lake Terrace has opened at 1532 Robert E. Lee Blvd. in New Orleans.

The 58,137-square-foot clinic serves residents in Lake Terrace and Gentilly and surrounding neighborhoods of Lakeview, Lake Vista and the UNO-Lakefront. Services offered include primary care, general pediatrics and women’s services. Lab and imaging services, including X-ray and mammography, are also available on-site. The clinic also features the first drive-thru pharmacy in the Ochsner Health System. Additional amenities include self-check-in kiosks, more than 60 offices and exam rooms.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Information is available at (504) 486-9646 or www.ochsner.org/laketerrace.