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CVS/Aetna handling of COVID-19

Aetna to cover cost of coronavirus hospital treatment for many members (CNN) Many Aetna policyholders will not have to pay for coronavirus treatment if they are hospitalized, the […]

Harbor dredging help in CARES Act

Special deal: The deal includes language making it easier for Congress to dole out money for harbor dredging by exempting from discretionary spending caps the Army Corps […]

LABEOC Update – 26 March 202

As of 1200 today, there were 2305 cases in Louisiana, 83 reported deaths and 676 patients requiring hospitalization.   Cases are reported throughout the state.   The impacts […]

Update on CARES Act

Last night, the Senate passed the CARES Act 96-0 with 4 Senators not voting due to self-imposed quarantine measures. The House will convene this morning to […]

Blue Cross Encouraging Telehealth Use; Offering $0 BlueCare Visits

Members can now have online behavioral health visits on BlueCare BATON ROUGE – To help members get care without having to leave their homes, Blue Cross […]

COVID-19 New Orleans Stats

As of March 25, New Orleans has the ninth-largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, even though it’s a much smaller city than the likes of New […]

03/25/2020 Update

Major Disaster Declaration Granted – Following a request from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President Donald Trump last night approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana.  The move […]

Short Summary of Appropriations in Senate Package #3

S. 3548 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  DIVISION B – Emergency Appropriations For Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations The appropriations division of […]

Louisiana Tech Park to host virtual business resource event.

BY KRISTEN MOSBRUCKER, STAFF WRITER,  MAR 24, 2020 – 4:06 PM A local entrepreneurship support organization NexusLA and the Louisiana Technology Park are co-hosting a virtual […]

Ask Congress to Pass the CARES Act.

TAKE ACTION NOW to tell Congress to immediately send federal aid to workers and employers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Tens of thousands of layoffs are […]

Updates from Governor’s Call March 23rd. (UPDATED)

Attached are notes from the Governor’s briefing conducted by cabinet members for the ED community. KEY POINTS: All state agencies are operational, although offices are not […]

Gov. Edwards to Lead Live Statewide Broadcast on Louisiana’s Response to COVID-19 tonight!

Gov. Edwards to Lead Live Statewide Broadcast on Louisiana’s Response to COVID-19 Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards will be joined by health experts and members of […]

New COVID-19 Updates

Please see below for an overview of the Governor’s Order, Congressional action, assistance on SBA loans, tax filings, etc. Gov. John Bel Edwards Issues “Stay At […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Advice

C100 members are contributing to the information needed for our members to make decisions. Please see the message below provided by C100 member Steven Udvarhelyi , […]

EO & Critical Infrastructure Guidance

Please see the attached guidelines from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). These are the areas being identified as critical infrastructure and essential workers needed […]

Standard Information Brief on Economic Injury Disaster Loans


Federal Stimulus Package

Jay Campbell is a former C100 member now retired who offers this view on the stimulus package under consideration in Congress. Jay’s point is on target […]

CARES Act update

We are continuing to keep you abreast of information from our Washington, D.C. office. See below for a brief summary of the CARES Act, introduced in […]

Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible For Covid-19 Business Aid

SBA loans of up to $2 million will aid Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small businesses BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that small […]

SBA has approved Louisiana’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration as of March 19, 2020

Dear Partners and Allies: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering […]

Business Roundtable letter re: COVID-19

C100 is a member of the State Business Roundtable Executives that is affiliated with the National Business Roundtable. C100 operates as Louisiana’s Business Roundtable and this […]

Coronavirus Webinar & Other Resources for Business

C100 members: Our State Chamber of Commerce has released this information that could be useful for you and your business colleagues. You can join tomorrows event […]

Coronavirus Webinar & Other Resources for Business

C100 members: Our State Chamber of Commerce has released this information that could be useful for you and your business colleagues. You can join tomorrow’s event […]

C100 Supports Rubio bill.

C100 has signed on in support of the bill under development by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee We know […]

How we can work together against the coronavirus.

With all the information about the coronavirus pandemic provided from so many sources, it is often difficult to know what is credible and what is not. […]


Baton Rouge ranks No. 2 for economic development project performance among mid-sized metros BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Site Selection magazine ranked Louisiana No. 10, on […]

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Blanco Center hosts first public policy series

By Andrew Capps The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s new Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center will host political leaders at its first event Tuesday at […]

Louisiana residents pay 9.52% rate in combined local, state sales taxes, 2nd highest in U.S.

The combined average local and state sales tax rate in Louisiana is 9.52 as of Jan. 1, which is the second-highest rate among the 50 states, […]

The Application Period for CEO Roundtables is Now Open.

CEO Roundtables give CEOs an opportunity to audit and optimize their business by sharing their achievements, and even their mistakes, through expert-led sessions focused on growth. […]

Local leaders should come together to fund early childhood care, education

Dr. Phillip Rozeman recently wrote a compelling piece, “Bipartisanship exists in Louisiana,” with which I fully agree. I want to reiterate why investing in quality early […]

Cybersecurity Jobs Going Begging As College Computer Science Grads Lack Skills/Experience Says House Leader.

Many of the half-million cybersecurity job openings are going begging because college computer science graduates often lack the needed skills and hands-on experience, House Research and […]

Seven Statistics Proving We Need To #FixLARoads

Sometimes numbers are the best way to tell a memorable story. Think of famous stories with numbers in the titles. “The Three Little Pigs,” “Around the […]

Save the date for the Louisiana Statewide Business Summit!

Louisiana Economic Development will present the Statewide Business Summit on March 25th with a special focus on small businesses this year! For more information and registration […]

Newly-formed state panel discuss teacher pay, early education needs in Louisiana

The revamped state Senate Education Committee on Monday got a briefing on some of the challenges faced by colleges, universities and public schools, including sub-par faculty […]

Louisiana reinventing career and technical education; ‘There is honor in all pathways’

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER FEB 2, 2020 – 9:45 PM The rebirth of Louisiana’s career and technical education system could become one of the […]

Petrilli: With Superintendent John White Leaving, Louisiana Needs a New Education Leader — Not a New Education Plan

In his classic 1998 book, Spinning Wheels, Frederick M. Hess explains the logic that animates much of the nation’s education system: Superintendents are faced with a […]

Dual Enrollment Valuable Tool in LA.

American Press • Lake Charles, Louisiana • January 28, 2020 Dual enrollment is a valuable tool that gives high school students the chance to earn college […]

Dr. Phillip Rozeman: LSU Tigers show lessons Louisiana could learn

The 2019 football season was one for the ages. We all watched our beloved Tigers plow through every opponent – even those who had tripped up […]

Staying the Course in Public Education.

CABL Commentary Something rather remarkable has happened in public education in Louisiana over the last 24 years. During that time, the state has had only three […]

Letters: John White made Louisiana a better place, and let’s keep school reform going

Over the last 24 years, the state has had only three Superintendents of Education: Cecil Picard, Paul Pastorek, and John White. Now with White announcing that […]

Time to reset the future of Louisiana.

Now that the elections are over, it is time for us to focus on the upcoming legislative session and critical changes that need to be addressed […]

Louisiana Early Childhood Advocates Are Celebrating a Big Win for Little Kids.

Early childhood advocates are celebrating a big win for little kids. We provided our lead ally, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC), with a full range […]

RESET in the News

Our Views: After the campaign, reality will face the winner of Louisiana governor’s race In political terms only, the two candidates to be Louisiana’s next governor […]

Louisiana Earns Top 10 Spot Among Nation’s Best Business Climates

11.06.19 State ranks in Site Selection magazine Top 10 for 10th year in a row BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Site Selection announced Louisiana ranks among the Top […]

Engineering Alumni Wall of Honor Inducts Four New Honorees

Wed, 10/30/2019 – 4:02pm The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (UL Lafayette) College of Engineering celebrated the ninth installation of its Alumni Wall of Honor on […]

Dr. Phillip Rozeman: One thing on which Republicans and Democrats agree

The dust from the 2019 Louisiana primary election has settled, and the people of Louisiana will head back to the polls in November to pick our […]

Saying ‘trust me’ isn’t enough

Shared from the 10/24/2019 American Press eEdition OTHER VIEWS Saying ‘trust me’ isn’t enough Jim Beam Picture Three respected non-partisan organizations in Louisiana have created a […]

New alert: Pennington lands world-renowned surgeon to head new bariatric-metabolic surgery program

New alert: Pennington lands world-renowned surgeon to head new bariatric-metabolic surgery program By JR Ball – October 23, 2019 Dr. Phil Schauer A host of state […]

International Trade Week to Honor C100 CEO Michael Olivier at Gala

International Trade Week to Honor C100 CEO Michael Olivier at Gala Louisiana International Trade Week, being held Nov. 5-8, will include events in Baton Rouge and […]

Alford: There won’t be a redo for a reset

Alford: There won’t be a redo for a reset Baton Rouge Business Report-October 1, 2019 Timing isn’t the only factor worth considering in politics, but if […]

Louisiana Needs A RESET

Louisiana Needs A RESET The clock is ticking on our children’s future. We must immediately accelerate progress in our state for the next generation. Nothing changes […]

Where’s the detail in the Louisiana’s Governor’s Race?

Where’s the detail in the Louisiana’s Governor’s Race? BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — To attack Louisiana’s entrenched problems, three government watchdog groups are urging political candidates […]



Constitutional Reform Requires Guidelines

Constitutional Reform Requires Guidelines American Press • Lake Charles, Louisiana • August 16, 2019 Editorial Louisiana needs a new constitution or a rewrite of the 1974 document, […]

RESET Louisiana’s Future and get on board

RESET Louisiana’s Future and get on board Posted Aug 1, 2019 at 7:07 AM As the current gubernatorial and legislative races kick into high gear in […]

RESET in the News

Below are some of the articles recently published regarding RESET Louisiana State’s needs are tough sell – American Press, 7/28/2019 Government watchdogs look to refocus […]

Hitting the RESET Button

Hitting the RESET Button Stephanie Riegel July 16, 2019 Baton Rouge Business Report Though the business community scored some minor victories in the recent legislative session, […]

Our Views: Before you get our votes, tell us what is your plan

Our Views: Before you get our votes, tell us what is your plan STAFF EDITORIAL Jul 7, 2019 – 6:00 am Past the Fourth of July, […]

Reform groups prepare agenda to ‘reset’ Louisiana’s long-term priorities

Reform groups prepare agenda to ‘reset’ Louisiana’s long-term priorities BY CLANCY DuBOS Jul 3, 2019 – 9:31 am Every campaign season brings an opportunity to hit […]

It’s Time for a RESET

It’s Time for a RESET By Jim HarrisPresident, Harris, DeVille & Associates There have been many organizations of Louisiana citizens who have come together working for […]

All things are not created equal

Clarion Ledger SCOTT WALLER AND JAY C. MOON | GUEST COLUMNISTS | 3:04 am CST November 11, 2018 Imagine a Mississippi without Nissan. Or Ingalls. Or […]

AT&T to Boost Local Networks

PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Aug. 15, 2018, 01:00 PM   BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $975 million in […]

2,879 New Jobs in Louisiana

State-by-State Job Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2018 July 19, 2018 Today, we’ve released updated state-by-state analysis of the Tax Cuts and […]

BP beefs up US business with $10.5B deal

DAILY REPORT STAFF-Greater Baton Rouge Business Report JULY 27, 2018 BP Plc has agreed to buy U.S. shale oil and gas assets from global miner BHP […]

Finally, some good state news

American Press / Jim Beam / Jul 19, 2018   State Treasurer John Schroder finally has some good news for Louisiana taxpayers. Schroder told the Baton Rouge Press […]

Legislature Increases GO Grant Appropriations

July 10, 2018 Legislature Increases Louisiana GO Grant Appropriation A Program of the Board of Regents Baton Rouge – Additional need-based state financial aid will be […]

Child Well-being Rankings-Louisiana 49th

New Kids Count Report Ranks States on Child Well-Being The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their 2018 Kids Count Data Book – the annual report that tracks […]

Louisiana Ranks No. 2 in South for Economic Development

SB&D: Louisiana Ranks No. 2 In South For Economic Development Results Lake Charles wins Small Market of the Year honors in the South for eighth year […]

Louisiana Leaders to Join Landmark White House STEM Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018 Contact: Summit will inform five-year strategy on science, technology, engineering and math preparation BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John […]

Session Ends in Drama, Disappointment

Session ends in drama, disappointment Effort to pass tax bills falls short in final hours BY TYLER BRIDGES By midafternoon Monday, state Rep. Lance Harris […]

Letters: Louisiana should invest in education

The Advocate, June 6, 2018   The essence of work is changing. Many of the careers that will exist in a decade have not yet […]

C100 members Wayne Brown and Mary Leach Werner appointed to LSU Board

Gov. Edwards names six to the LSU Board of Supervisors BY MARK BALLARD |, Jun 5, 2018 – 7:00 pm With the naming of six new […]

LSU: Working Toward a Healthier Louisiana

Dear Friends, The health of our state is in many ways linked directly to the health of LSU. Our university family – including Health Sciences Centers […]

Yours, Ours, Theirs: How Much?

“Our people and our state are worth fighting for.” – Gov. John Bel Edwards By Sue Lincoln – May 22, 2018 / Bayou Brief Yours, Ours or Theirs: […]

Citadel Completions Announces Louisiana Aerospace Project

05.17.18 Southwest Louisiana project to result in more than 600 new direct, indirect jobs as company makes $17.6 million capital investment to customize aircraft interiors LAKE […]

C100 Member Fred Palmer elected as LMOGA Chairman

LMOGA Elects New Chairman and Board of Directors March 12, 2018 Source The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association Board of Directors elected Frederick Palmer as […]

Sticking with what isn’t working won’t fix Louisiana’s problems

Our Views: Sticking with what isn’t working won’t fix Louisiana’s problems ADVOCATE EDITORIAL MAY 12, 2018 – 8:00 PM For Louisiana, the cost of delay and […]

Setting the Record Straight on Medicaid

Setting record straight on Medicaid Jim Richardson The Advocate, Apr 26, 2018 – 6:00 pm A recent letter to the editor suggested Forbes magazine had conducted […]

Med School Leaders Urge Budget Delay

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leaders of Louisiana’s medical schools urged state senators Tuesday to stall a budget proposal for next year, until lawmakers consider […]

Louisiana Positioned to be the World Leader in LNG Exports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Meaghan McCormack, World Trade Center of New Orleans ǀ o: 504-619- 9837 ǀ c: 504-343- 6577 Louisiana Positioned to be […]

C100 Member Newton Thomas named to 2018 Hall of Fame

A strong belief in himself made Newton Thomas a success, but his legacy is the faith he has in those around him. When Newton Thomas, 73, […]

LA gambling industry could see big changes

Tyler Bridges, The Advocate, March 10, 2018 In 1991, the state Legislature ushered in the modern era of gambling in Louisiana by legalizing floating casinos that […]

Regular session could take on several big ticket items

MARCH 11, 2018 – 6:28 PM ( The regular session begins Monday less than a week after the special session crashed and burned. Fiscal cliff negotiations […]

Session stalls: Lawmakers can’t agree on tax deal

Session stalls: Louisiana lawmakers can’t agree on tax deal By: The Associated Press February 21, 2018 Efforts to broker a tax compromise in the Louisiana Legislature have faltered, […]

Launch of Industry Works by SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Tuesday, February 20th 2018, 10:27 am CST By KPLC Digital Staff CONNECT   The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has announced the next phase of their Ready, […]

Special Session Legislative Report 2/26/18

Special Session Update 2/26/18 After a couple of false starts, the Ways and Means Committee finally acted on a package of bills late Sunday, which advance to […]

Louisiana sheriff rejects tax break

In a first, Louisiana sheriff rejects tax break for local business – a move that has business leaders concerned BY REBEKAH ALLEN | RALLEN@THEADVOCATE.COM FEB 18, […]

Quality preschool is vital to kids and Louisiana’s economy

Educators and other advocates for Louisiana children have pushed the Legislature for years to increase funding for preschool. A coalition of more than 20 groups called […]


MILITARY’S ECONOMIC IMPACT IN LOUISIANA TOTALS $7.7 BILLION Economic study touts military’s role as significant employer in state, accounting for 77,000 jobs Military-related spending in Louisiana […]

Tellurian Set to Boost Louisiana Gas Holdings Tenfold

Tellurian Set to Boost Louisiana Gas Holdings Tenfold Tellurian Inc. plans to boost natural gas reserves tenfold at a northern Louisiana deposit as it seeks partners to […]

Washington DC Briefing 2018: Wrap Up

C100 Annual Washington D.C. Briefing  January 24-25, 2018   Jan. 24th Russell Senate Building The 2018 Washington Briefing kicked off with our annual Congressional luncheon hosted by […]

$600 million requested from federal government for infrastructure approved

Expanding Interstate 10 from the Mississippi River bridge to the I-10/12 split will take at least five years to complete, Louisiana’s transportation chief said Friday. Also, […]

C100 Supports LSU Public Administration Institute

C100 Supports LSU Public Administration Institute The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. has provided a cash grant to the LSU Public Administration Institute as […]

Oil & Gas Leasing Program

Ms. Kelly Hammerle Dr. Jill Lewandowski, Ph.D. National OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program Manager Chief, Division of Environmental Assessment Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Bureau […]

Committee of 100 Supports Task Force Budget Ideas

Posted in The Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. has promoted comprehensive fiscal reform since 2015 and supported the recommendations of the HCR11 Task Force […]

Replacing the 20 Percent Corporate Rate

Replacing the 20 Percent Corporate Rate with Rates of 21 or 22 Percent Has Real Economic Consequences December 8, 2017 Following the Senate’s passage of the […]

LED To Host Major Aerospace Event In New Orleans

May 2018 conference will bring together leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Economic Development will bring a major aerospace conference to New Orleans […]

C100 Vignette Series: #2 Louisiana Sales Tax Structure Needs Attention

Sales Tax is a major component of Louisiana’s revenue stream, bringing in $4.2 billion in state revenues annually, more than any other revenue source. At the […]

Flood Task Force Announces Recovery Website

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Restore Louisiana Task Force has announced a new website,, dedicated solely to providing information on recovery from the devastating floods […]

New energy alliance focused on Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Independent energy producers focused on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico announced coordination around an alliance aimed at advancing the industry’s needs […]

Business Rebirth Fund

PLEASE HELP LOUISIANA SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVER FROM FLOODING Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund provides triage grants to small businesses impacted by the historic flooding in South […]

Forbes names Louisiana Tech Among Top Universities in Nation

Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges 2016 has once again ranked Louisiana Tech University among the top higher education institutions in the nation. Only the top […]

Retail Electricity Price Map-Louisiana Lower Than Neighboring Gulf States, 2nd in Nation

Today we are back with one of our most popular features – an annual update to our retail electricity price map. These prices best reflect what […]

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