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Video game company to open development studio in N.O. CBD

Video game developer High Voltage Software Inc. will expand into New Orleans in January with the opening of a video game development studio in the Central Business District, Gov. Bobby Jindal and company CEO Kerry Ganofsky announced Wednesday. The company, which is based in the Chicago area, is expected to employ 80 people in New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Video game studio adding 80 jobs to CBD

High Voltage Software will open a video game development studio in New Orleans next month, a move that will add 80 direct jobs in the city’s Central Business District. HVS, a major independent video game developer founded in 1993 and based in the Chicago area, has shipped 95 game titles and worked with such… Continue reading →

Textron starts work on new Navy hovercraft in N.O. East

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--To mark the start of production on the U.S. NavyÕs new amphibious connector craft, the Ship to Shore Connector, a ceremony is held at the Textron Systems New Orleans Shipyard with a special appearance by U.S. Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC-66) vehicle from Naval Support Activity, Panama City, originally built at the same shipyard 20 years ago being waved in by Textron Marine employee Jules Reggio in New Orleans, La. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

Work has started on a new U.S. Navy hovercraft model at Textron Systems’ shipyard in New Orleans East. Textron marked the start of production of a test model of the new craft — which have larger, more efficient engines than current hovercraft — during a ceremony Monday at its 600,000-square-foot shipyard on Chef Menteur… Continue reading →

State board launches continuing ed Web series

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The state Attorney Disciplinary Board is doing a continuing legal education Web video series. Maurice Thiberville, Michael Rees, Mary Mouton and Brian Rowell set up Tuesday for a future shoot. The idea is to dramatize the decisions, with re-enactments rather than just lectures.

For decades, continuing legal education seminars have followed a basic formula: pack a meeting room with attorneys — most of whom would rather be elsewhere — while a speaker lectures on ethics, professionalism or best practices. Online seminars were the same, aside from the requirement to attend in person. “We kept thinking that there might be more… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Dec. 14, 2014

CNC Hearing and Balance Center has opened an office at 3715 Prytania, Suite 502, in Uptown New Orleans. The office will complement its Marrero clinic. Both locations have a medical staff, which includes a neurotologist and audiologists to diagnose the cause of hearing loss.… Continue reading →

People in Business for Dec. 14, 2014

Thomas J. Phillips Jr., LSU Department of Accounting

Larry L. Merington has been named chief executive officer of Ace Bayou Corp. in New Orleans, a home furniture manufacturer and maker of the X Rocker line of sound chairs. Merington was chief operating officer of the company during 2004-07. He is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, whose tours of duty… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Dec. 14, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center named Capital One Financial Corp. winner of the 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards in the category of Best Community Improvement. Capital One was recognized for its Place-Based Initiatives, including one in the Gentilly section of New Orleans, where the company has partnered with 29… Continue reading →

Boston law firm opens New Orleans office

Boston-based Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP will expand its litigation practice with the opening of new offices in New Orleans, Lake Charles and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in January. The locations will feature eight attorneys in the firm’s products liability and complex tort group, plus paralegal support and administrative staff. Launching the new MG&M offices are trial… Continue reading →

Drago’s Seafood opening at Hilton Jackson in Mississippi

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant opens Wednesday week at the Hilton Jackson in Mississippi, in its first venture outside the New Orleans area. The 400-seat restaurant settles into a building made over in a $2.5 million, four-month renovation of the 9,700-square-foot space. The Jackson site will be Drago’s third location. The other… Continue reading →

Former Cotton Exchange building becomes ‘lifestyle’ hotel

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon opened on Carondelet St. in the old Cotton Exchange building Monday, December 8, 2014.

A Central Business District building that once was a pivotal part of the worldwide cotton trade has been reborn as a hip hotel with its eye set on attracting a new generation of occupants. The New Orleans Cotton Exchange building at 221 Carondelet St. has reopened as the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, a… Continue reading →

Supreme Court rejects BP’s appeal of Gulf oil spill settlement

Associated Press file photo -- In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

Despite the company’s entreaties, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to leave in place BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement of private claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The justices did not comment Monday on their reasons for refusing to consider BP’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that businesses do not have… Continue reading →

Physician assistants help fill doctor void

Photo by Elaine Crowe at Our Lady of the Lake College -- Our Lady of the Lake College physician assistant student Krystle Chase takes the blood pressure of Anthony Anderson, a Belaire High School senior, after teaching high school students about the cardiac system and heart health.

Anyone who has tried recently to get an appointment with a family physician likely has encountered a fact of life in today’s health care system: Patient loads are increasing faster than medical schools are turning out doctors, and access to care in outpatient settings is getting tougher. A new training program at the LSU Health System in… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Dec. 7, 2014

Public comments are being accepted through Jan. 5 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service on changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program. The program rules were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 5 and can be found at tinyurl.com/lqfetpo. “As conservation… Continue reading →

People in Business for Dec. 7, 2014

Bonnie Armstrong, Community Coffee Co.

Maureen Greany has been named by HRI Lodging as director of sales at Aloft New Orleans Downtown hotel, scheduled to open in March. Greany was the sales manager at the Hyatt French Quarter for HRI Lodging.… Continue reading →

Report: U.S. competition knocks out another Canadian LNG project

A Malaysian company’s decision to delay a $32 billion liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia demonstrates the United States’ cost advantage over Canada, according to an article on Bloomberg.com. Petroliam Nasional Bhd., known as Petronas, is a Malaysian nationally owned energy producer. The company is pressuring contractors to reduce costs on the British Columbia project, which… Continue reading →

Sinfonia acquires New Orleans-based Quality Life Counseling

Sinfonía HealthCare Corp., a behavioral health services company, has acquired Quality Life Counseling LLC, a New Orleans-based outpatient mental health agency. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Quality Life provides counseling services to children, families, couples and adults and has locations in New Orleans and Metairie. Tucson, Arizona-based Sinfonia HealthCare is the parent company… Continue reading →

Stirling Properties expands into Pensacola

Stirling Properties has opened an office in Pensacola, Florida, the company’s first location in the Sunshine State. The Pensacola office comes about a year after Stirling opened a location in Mobile, Alabama. Covington-based Stirling has 10 other offices in Louisiana and Mississippi. The privately held company was founded in 1975. Will Barrios, vice… Continue reading →

Fidelity Homestead changes name to Fidelity Bank

New Orleans-based Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank has changed its name to Fidelity Bank, a move that more closely reflects the company’s services, President and Chief Executive Officer Alton McRee said. Fidelity was founded in 1908 as a homestead association, focusing on residential lending and savings accounts. Today, Fidelity offers a full array of banking services,… Continue reading →

La. firm finds new purpose for BP protective gear

Associated Press file photo -- A mock patient is transported in an isolation pod during a drill at a Nebraska hospital's biocontainment unit in October. As a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, hospitals, first responders and health organizations' precautionary preparations are straining the supply of personal protective equipment such as the suits used in the drill. Baton Rouge company Convergence Equity is targeting the market with protective suits left over from the BP oil well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Months after cleanup work from the BP oil well disaster ended, Baton Rouge-based Convergence Equity LLC found itself with more than 3 million protective suits in inventory but little in the way of customer demand. Then the Ebola outbreak struck. “Convergence had immediate inventory … still sealed in boxes and ready to go,” said spokesman… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Nov. 30, 2014

The 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel has completed a $4 million guest room and restaurant renovation. Designed by local firm Lisambiance Interior Design, the new look layers historic New Orleans culture with modern lines in blue and gray tones reminiscent of the region’s waterways. New carpeting patterns… Continue reading →

People in Business for Nov. 30, 2014

Dean Smith, LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health

Dean G. Smith has been named dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, effective June 1, 2015. Smith serves as director of executive education and lifelong learning and professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Nov. 30, 2014

Suzanne M. deMahy, an attorney with Lamm & deMahy

Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., R-Lafayette, has been presented the Eugene J. Schreiber Award by the World Trade Center New Orleans. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a record of promoting international business and diplomacy at the highest levels of public or private service for the benefit of the state of Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Shoppers flock to stores on Thanksgiving for early deals

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Jim Bright, of New Orleans, waits in line in for a 40-inch TV and other items at Best Buy in Elmwood, La., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

Black Friday made an early debut this year as shoppers flocked to big-box stores in Metairie and elsewhere Thanksgiving evening to get a head start on the holiday season’s best deals. As competition between stores heats up, shopping again spilled over into Thanksgiving Day, proving that retailers are starting to make Black Thursday a new annual… Continue reading →