New Orleans area briefs for Feb. 3, 2013

St. Charles gets flood protection grants

The St. Charles Parish Grants Office recently announced the receipt of more than $1 million in grant funding from FEMA through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and $525,000 from the state.

All four funded projects help protect parish residents and government workers against structural flooding and other damage from hurricanes and weather events.

FEMA will fund the elevation of four severe repetitive loss residential properties within the parish — one in Luling and three in Destrehan.

The properties, which have suffered multiple flooding events and subsequent claims to the National Flood Insurance Program, will be funded at 90 percent with the property owners responsible for 10 percent of the total elevation cost. Total funds to be received are $755,032.

More information on the SRP program is available at
http://www.fema.gov/severe-repetitive-loss-program.

In addition, the newly renovated headquarters of the St. Charles Parish Public Works and Wastewater Departments will be further armored against hurricanes with the installation of impact-resistant glass windows and doors on the building’s ground floor and windscreens on the clerestory windows.

FEMA will provide $160,750 through its Pre-Disaster Mitigation program, and the parish share is 25 percent, or $53,583.

The parish will also receive $86,168 for an update of its Hazard Mitigation Plan through FEMA’s PDM Program. An update of the plan is required every four years for the parish to remain eligible for FEMA mitigation grant funding.

The parish share is 25 percent, or $28,722.

Finally, in late 2012, the State Bond Commission approved additional state capital outlay priority 2 funding in the amount of $525,000 for the parish’s West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.

JEDCO director wins ‘40 under 40’ award

Jerry Bologna, JEDCO’s executive director, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s “40 Under 40,” which recognizes young talent in the economic development profession.

A five-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 150 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry.

The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.

Bologna, a certified economic developer, has been with JEDCO for more than 12 years in various capacities. He was chosen as executive director last month.

Fire Department releases 2013 poster

Artist Jamie Hayes has created the official 2013 New Orleans Fire Department Mardi Gras Poster, which will help raise funds for the New Orleans Fire Fighters Foundation.

Half of the proceeds from sale of the pen and ink/color pencil drawing will go to the foundation, which raises money to purchase uniforms and thermal imagers for New Orleans firemen.

A thermal imager, which costs approximately $10,000, translates infrared radiation into a viewable image at fire scenes, providing “sight” to firefighters inside burning buildings.

Sales from the poster and the 6th Annual Firefighters Calendar will help raise necessary funds.

St. Tammany district meeting planned

St. Tammany Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik will hold the February monthly meeting of Parish Council District 11 constituents in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary School at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Items that will be discussed include an update on the connector road between Airport Road and U.S. 11, an ordinance to extend the moratorium on resubdivisions for properties on Airport Road, two zoning changes and a resolution to develop a master plan for Recreation District 16. The meeting will also include an update on 2012 capital projects.

St. Tammany official elected to post

St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Brenda Bertus has been elected secretary of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

The executives’ association, a nonprofit founded in 1964, exists to create new job opportunities by encouraging companies to locate in Louisiana and to assist resident industries in expanding. Bertus and the parish’s economic development foundation are longtime members.

She has served as the foundation’s executive director for more than 10 years.

Principal program accepts applications

The School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans is accepting applications from principals and assistant principals from area schools for its Fellows Program, a two-year leadership-training program designed to advance excellence in school administration and improve student achievement.

The program includes two- week-long Summer Institutes that bracket three Saturday sessions with the leader and school leadership team.

Applications, which are due by April 1, are available online at www.slc-gno.org. Principals and assistant or vice principals in public, private, charter and parochial schools are eligible to apply.

Only 30 applicants will be accepted and will be required to attend two programs five days each held in consecutive summers, three Saturday workshops and several two-hour informational sessions throughout the two-year program. The cost for the two-year program is $5,300.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau