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Fletcher nursing program ranks No. 8 in state 
Fletcher Technical Community College's Associate of Science in Nursing program was
ranked No. 8 in the top 10 best RN programs in Louisiana by
The ranking was based on the number of students who pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Read
more in this Houma Times article.
$3 million in healthcare investment comes to Houma
Global healthcare company Grifols opens Biomat USA Inc. plasma donation center
in Houma on Feb. 14, investing $3 million into local community. The new facility, at 1750
MLK Blvd, will provide as many as 50 jobs once fully operational.
"We are so excited to be opening in Houma," said Chad Parr, center manager. "I expect
this facility to be a benefit to our local economy while also helping to save the lives
of thousands of patients around the world."
Plasma donated at Grifols centers is used to produce medicines for people with rare and
serious conditions, such as immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders, a rare neurological
disorder, a genetic form of emphysema and to treat shock, trauma and burns. 
Grifols expects the facility will ultimately contribute more than $3.6 million annually to the
local economy through payroll, donor fees and other operating expenses. TEDA expects
it will generate approximately $1.6 million in new taxes for the parish over the next 10 years.
"TEDA is pleased that Grifols chose Houma for its newest plasma donation center," said
Matt Rookard, TEDA CEO. "The new facility represents a sizeable capital investment and 
good job opportunities for local health care professionals. Additionally, it will allow more
dollars to flow into the local economy. We are looking forward to adding another new
business to our great community." 


            Gulf Coast Trade Alliance:  Doing Business in Brazil
A Unique Business Development Conference - The U.S. Gulf Coast region is home to
cutting edge technology and innovation, with unprecedented opportunity in Brazil--
the largest economy of Latin America. Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the
Louisiana District Export Council to discover Brazilian markets for your products and
services, at the 2017 conference of the Gulf Coast Trade Alliance (GCTA). 
Doing Business
with Brazil will bring multiple Brazilian delegations from strategic organizations and locales
to New Orleans, and convene a dynamic program focusing on three program tracks, in
addition to one-on-one networking and meeting opportunities...

Dates: April 4th, 1:00 PM - April 5th 5:00 PM, 2017
Venue: Conference Center at University Medical Center, 2000 Canal St., New Orleans, LA
Registration Fee:  $245.00
Accommodations:  Hyatt Centric French Quarter, 800 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70112,
Hotel Rate:  $165.00++
For more details on the event, contact U.S. Commercial Service-New Orleans at
(504) 589-6547 or  
To register for conference, go to
   How to make Terrebonne less dependent on oil
A five- to seven-year strategy is now under way.  Click the link below to read
the related news article.
  VOW named "Best Festival Outside New Orleans" 
January 12, 2017 - Terrebonne Parish's own Voice of the Wetlands Festival has been
named one of Offbeat Magazine's 2016 Best of the Beat Music Award winners, namely
"Best Festival Outside New Orleans. For more awardees, check out Offbeat Magazine's listing.

   Need help with your struggling restaurant in Southern Louisiana?

Are you a chef that is struggling in Southern Louisiana?  Are you talented and have the
skills but are having problems in the restaurant business?  Does your business need a
facelift or help with rebranding? 
Details:  Casting men and women who are local to Southern Louisiana and need help
turning your restaurant around.  We want to film your experience for a new show on a
MAJOR CABLE NETWORK.  If you think you would be a great candidate, please email:
with CASTING: (YOUR FULL NAME) in the subject line.  Please
include a few photos of yourself, your restaurant and its history and why you think you
would be a great fit for the show. 
HIGHNOON ENTERTAINMENT (Los Angeles - Denver - New York)


           Chabert Medical Center gets "A" in patient safety
The nonprofit Leapfrog Group cited patient satisfaction, infection rates and other factors
in awarding Chabert Medical Center, operated in partnership with Terrebonne General
Medical Center and Ochsner Health System, its top rating. TGMC received a "B" in the
Leapfrog ranking. Read more at Chabert merits "A". (12/12/16)
                 Ground breaking at Da Swamp,
        Terrebonne's future indoor trampoline facility
The ground breaking of Da Swamp, Terrebonne's much-anticipated indoor trampoline
facility, was celebrated Nov. 21, 2016 at 2764 Coteau Road.

       AT&T Announces Ultra-Fast Internet in Houma

Nov. 15, 2016  -- AT&T State President Sonia Perez, with microphone, is joined by
Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove to her right, TEDA Board members
s Lapeyre, Nick Hebert and Bobby Barthel, plus several AT&T engineers and
to announce the introduction of a 1 gigabite connection to area homes,
apartments and small businesses in the Houma-Thibodaux region.  "The AT&T Fiber
network will
help encourage economic development and business diversity in the
area by
facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced technological
opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth," said
Matthew Rookard, TEDA's CEO.  
 Click here for article in The Houma Courier


   2016 Athena Award honoree Sharon Bergeron 

2016 Athena Award honoree Sharon Bergeron, center, was honored Nov. 3rd for her
career of inspiring and uplifting women in the community.  She is joined
by Women's
Business Alliance Steering Committee members Betsy Breerwood,
left, and Angie
Rome-Walsh, right.
4,000 acres of local wetlands to be restored in Pointe-aux-Chenes
-- Restore the Earth Foundation and business partners announced project to
restore the Pointe-aux-Chenes Bald Cypress Forest Wetland. Read more at 
Restoring North America's Amazon.
           Mike Lewis                                    Robert LeBlanc
     Board of Directors                          Board of Directors
           2013-2016                                         2012-2016
TEDA's CEO, Matthew Rookard, shows appreciation to Mike Lewis and Robert LeBlanc
for their service on our Board of Directors.  Thank you guys for your generous commitment
of time, support and inspiration to TEDA.

     Visitors Bureau celebrates new interpretive center 
The Houma Area Convention and Tourism Bureau celebrated the grand opening of its new interpretive
visitors center July 10, 2016 which showcases the parish's culture and economy.
Job Fair draws more than 800 displaced workers, 30 employers
TEDA and partners sponsored the Bayou Opportunity job fair June 10 at
Fletcher Technical Community College.  
Read The Courier/Daily Comet story here (6/10/16)
Don Pierson, Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, announced a new initiative
to help retrain and place workers dislocated from the oil-and-gas industry.  (5/24/16)

             TEDA in Partnership to Host Dislocated Workers' Job Fair

Partners in the Bayou Region of Louisiana today announced a new effort to help workers
affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find rapid training options and new jobs in
South Louisiana.
, a newly launched website, will serve as a gateway to employment
opportunities. Job seekers may register there for a major Industrial Trades Job Fair, which
will be conducted June 10 at the main campus of Fletcher Technical Community College
in Schriever.
In addition to job fair information, the website will provide links for career
help from the Louisiana Workforce Commission and its
website, Louisiana Economic
employment portal, and training resources. Details
were announced today in a news conference at Fletcher Technical Community College, where the
college’s Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Cindy Poskey, joined LED Secretary
Don Pierson and President and CEO Vic Lafont of the South Louisiana Economic Council.

               Resiliency Workshops Slated
Join us in June for a three-part series on protecting your company.  Learn how to protect your
business, revenue, investment, reputation, brand by developing
a risk management plan on
June 1; to protect yourself from employee theft
on June 15; and safeguarding your computer system
and responding to cyber
threats on June 29. View flyer and register here!

          Women's Business Alliance gets inspired

Angela Dabney-Marioneaux, owner of The Angel's Den, a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant and co-owner of
DMA Trucking, shared her journey to find a fulfilling professional path with WBA members in April at 
Homewood Suites in Houma.

           Delta Urgent Care celebrates grand opening

Delta Urgent Care celebrated its grand opening at 1340 Grand Caillou Road in Houma with a ribbon
cutting ceremony 
April 22, 2016.

      A Cajun Man's Swamp Cruise cuts ribbon 
Billy Gaston (holding scissors) and Tammy Gaston celebrated their recent acquisition of A Cajun Man's
Swamp Cruise on April 2, 2016.
 MoneyGeek Ranks Houma #8 Best Small City to Make a Living, a personal-finance online publisher, released its ranking of the 40 best small
U.S. cities to make a living. The City of Houma, LA, ranked No. 8 among those with population of
less than 100,000 people

"This ranking confirms what we believe about Houma - it's a great city where the quality
of life is good and you can affordably raise a family," said Gordon Dove, Terrebonne Parish
Consolidated Government Parish President. "It shows that you don't have to spend your
entire paycheck to live here."

“Our ranking goes beyond looking at affordability alone,” said Lydia Poon, Executive Editor of “By comparing cost of living to what you can potentially earn in a particular
city, we located the small cities in America where you can get the most bang for your buck.” 
To calculate the ranking, evaluated cities with a population of less than 1
00,000 people out of a total group of nearly 30,000 cities from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The cost of living in these cities in the second quarter of 2015 was compared to the national
median cost of living in the same time period and also to the earning potential of workers in
these cities across all professions for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had data. The top
cities in the study were cities that offered the highest salaries relative to the cost of living, based
on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Council for
Community and Economic Research (CCER).
The full ranking is available at:
         TEDA hosted federal grant program presentation
Jesse Sanchez with the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center explained a federal
matching program to interested companies. For more information about the program,
contact TEDA's Katherine Gilbert-Theriot at 873-6890. (1/14/16)
TPCG Office of Emergency Preparedness breaks ground
OEP officially celebrated the ground breaking of its new emergency operations
complex on La. 24 in Gray.  (1/6/2016)
Committee of 100 presents case for tax reform
The Committee of 100, an advocate for economic development in Louisiana, presented a fiscal
briefing at the Eagle's Nest in Houma, highlighting suggestions and findings from the Tax Foundation's
“Framework for the Future” report. Below, Committee of 100 CEO Michael Olivier gives background
on the need for the report and Rep. Julie Stokes explains findings of the report. (1/6/16)
Houma Elementary to be rehabilitated into senior-citizens' apartments
Volunteers of America/Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation, facilitated by
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Terrebonne Council on Aging, Enterprise Community
Investment and Louisiana Housing Corporation, held a ground-breaking ceremony to convert
Houma Elementary School, built in 1931, into 103 apartments  for senior citizens. (1/5/16)
Houma's Downtown Development Corporation and Terrebonne Parish
Consolidated Government dedicated the latest mural in downtown Houma.
Painted by artist Hans Geist, the mural depicts Houma/Terrebonne's history.

International Industrial Trade Show Slated April 25-29 in Germany
HANNOVER MESSE 2016, April 25-29, 2016, Hannover, Germany, is the world’s leading trade fair for
Industrial technology. For the first time since the show began, the United States will be featured as
Partner Country which will spotlight our country as a leader in innovative technologies.
Attracting over 100 buyer delegations and more than 200,000 attendees from more than 70 countries,
Hannover Messe is five trade shows in one integrated event. U.S. companies exhibiting in U.S. Pavilions
will benefit from:
  • Unmatched international exposure including a featured page on the Hannover Messe 2016 website
    with enhanced search capabilities.
  • Tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Reception
  • Onsite customized support from U.S. Commercial Service industry specialists
  • Executive Market Counseling with Commercial Service staff from among the top 25 markets
    present at Hannover Messe (B2G Counseling)
  • Commercial Service International Partner Promotion Program (B2B matchmaking)
  • Booth tours
  • Know Before You Go Webinars to maximize onsite opportunities and more
If you would like to learn more, please go to the U.S. Commercial Service's website. Register Your Interest
on this site which will set things in motion for a conference call with myself and one of the Hannover Messe
experts on our staff at the U.S. Embassy in Germany who can help assess your firm’s opportunities at the show.
There is no cost for registering your interest and it should only take 4-5 minutes to give the basic information.

Free Webinars: Know Before You Go!

Make the most of HANNOVER MESSE by joining the U.S. Commercial Service's free informational
webinar series
to discover the benefits of exhibiting at the world's leading trade show focusing on
industrial technology.

Check out our webinar line-up below, or you can register for all four webinars at once.

WEBINAR #1 | How to Capitalize on Pre-Show Marketing to Reach Your Customers in Germany
& Beyond
Join an experienced group of trade show professionals to learn tips on pre-show marketing t
echniques and the use of social media to increase your company’s exposure at Hannover
Messe 2016. 11 a.m. EST Dec. 16, 2015.
WEBINAR #2 | Know Before You Go
One of the keys to success at a trade show is knowing what to expect before you arrive.
This webinar will provide key information from Hannover Messe, and Commercial Service
Germany regarding not only how to navigate Hannover Messe, but how to find your way
around the Hannover metropolitan area. 11 a.m. EST Jan. 20, 2016.

WEBINAR #3 | Your Global Customers in One Venue

Commercial Service industry specialists from the top 25 Hannover Messe exhibitor countries
will be at the show to provide market counseling. Join us on this webinar to find out how to
best utilize Commercial Service programs at Hannover Messe. 11 a.m. Feb. 17, 2016.

WEBINAR #4 | Five Trade Shows in One

Support from the U.S. Commercial Service and Hannover Fairs will help businesses of any size
make the most out of Hannover Messe. Join us to learn about the services we offer and how
you can take advantage! 11 a.m. March 16, 2016.
Cenac Towing christened the Jean Pierre Cenac tow
boat at its La. 182 facility in Houma. (12/9/15)
Wraparound Services, at 267 Hollywood Road in Houma, celebrated
its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting. The non-profit organi-
zation dedicated to providing services and supports to help youth
and families. (12/9/15)
Root 2 Rise yoga studio and juice bar has opened at 605 Barrow Street
in Houma.
TEDA provided technical support to owners Shantelle Abshire
 (center left) and Jeah Jalbert (center right) in planning for their new business,
 which will soon feature  salads and sandwiches for lunch. (12/2/2015)
(Photo courtesy of Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce.)
Greenwood Gator Farm, located in Gibson, celebrated its expansion
into swamp tours to round out its offerings of experiencing the workings
of a live alligator farm. Visitors can learn about the business of farming
alligators for exporting of the hides (which are made into high-end fashion
accessories) as well as the cultural and environmental aspects of the business
 -- helping to replenish the natural population and teaching visitors about
the swamp ecosystem -- as well as the fun of holding alive alligator, and
holding special events at the alligator farm. (12/2/15)


Grant Opportunity from Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
If you are contemplating paying for any consulting services in marketing, trade shows, operations,
engineering, new product development, information management plus, employee training, certifications
and more, your company could qualify for a matching federal grant.
To qualify your company must have experienced a minimum of six month decrease in sales and
employment within the last 12-24 months
The grant, a program under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration,
is a matching grant program which has up to 50/50 cost share. If your firm has a 30K cost share grant,
for example, will provide you 25 cents on the dollar. The other tier is a 150K grant cost shared at 50/50.
Consulting services are secured for the company on a cost-sharing basis with the Southwest TAAC
assuming up to 50% or 75% of the cost of qualified projects.
The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC) has been administering a federal grant
for over 28 years – and some local companies have benefited from its use. The program’s representative
will be visiting Terrebonne Parish in the near future and is available to meet with prospective grant
All business information, including trade secrets and financial information, is exempt from
the Freedom of Information Act and treated with strict confidentiality.
Companies interested in meeting with the program representative should email Katherine Gilbert-Theriot
at, including company and representatives’ names, address, phone number and
business description.
          Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar
Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar broke ground on Martin Luther King
Jr. Boulevard in Houma, and opened September 2015.
      Terrebonne's Skate Park

 Terrebonne's Skate Park opened in May 2015.


Houma ranked#8
Best Small City
to Make a Living

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The next TEDA Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the Administrative Conference Room, 7th Floor of Government Tower, 8026 Main St., Houma, La.  Click here for TEDA Board Agenda