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Louisiana Business: Gulf SeafoodTonight, No Drilling In Eastern Gulf, N.O. Small Business, Farm Aid

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Louisiana Business Summary: Gulf Seafood tonight' Obama Adm. not allowing drilling around Florida waters? Urban League in New Orleans, farm aid, BGR officers and White House celebrates gulf seafood.

Obama Adm. And No New Drilling In Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Michael Bromwich will hold a conference call to provide an update on the nation’s offshore oil and gas drilling policy.


Meanwhile, an AP report today said, “The Obama administration won't allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill”.  According to the article, the eastern gulf constitutes the waters adjacent to the western coast of Florida 


Urban League

National Urban League President and CEO Marc  H. Morial,  former mayor of New Orleans, returns to the Crescent City  Friday to join Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Nolan Rollins, President and  CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, and Flozell Daniels, Jr., Chairman Of The Board to announce that NEW ORLEANS has been selected as the site for the 2012 national Urban League conference.{sidebar id=4}


Crop Assistance

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., reminded Louisiana producers they have until close of business on Thursday, Dec. 9, to apply for assistance for 2009 losses under the Crop Assistance Program (CAP).

Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be issued to producers of rice, upland cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes for eligible losses because of excessive moisture or related conditions in 2009.

“All Louisiana agricultural producers who were affected by 2009’s wet weather should contact their local Farm Service Agency to see if they qualify for the program,” Strain said.

A list of all eligible disaster counties for CAP is located at

Strain said producers interested in signing up for CAP must do so at their local FSA office where their farm records are maintained before close of business Dec. 9, 2010.

For more information about USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, visit the  local FSA county office or


New Orleans Small Business

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, on Tuesday, held the first summit on economic opportunities for local businesses, “People of New Orleans Rebuilding New Orleans” at the Marriott Hotel.  Over 500 local businesspeople heard presentations from The City, Sewerage & Water Board, Recovery School District (RSD), Orleans Parish School Board, Veterans Administration, University Medical Center, and US Army Corps of Engineers about upcoming projects and procurement opportunities.


“We are embarking upon $6 billion of investments in our capital infrastructure – the most significant urban renewal taking place in the country,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We need to work together to keep these dollars local.  This summit was about creating jobs, putting people back to work, and ensuring access to economic prosperity for all New Orleanians.”


In addition to presentations on upcoming projects and bid timelines, participants were grouped into two breakout sessions to discuss the roadblocks and obstacles local businesses face when bidding or applying for work.  The City also hosted a “Business Marketplace” where registrants could network with professionals from banks and lending organizations and directors of important local corporations and large contractors from across the business spectrum. City and community agency representatives were available to address technical assistance and information on various issues including access to credit, working capital, bonding, insurance, and other services.

“Today's summit was the first step in a strategic process to provide information about the capital project opportunities coming down the pike,” said Deputy Mayor & Chief of Staff Judy Reese Morse.  ”We want to achieve an open and fair process so that everyone has economic opportunity.”

BGR Officers

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) elected new directors

and officers at the organization’s annual members’ meeting November

19 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The new directors are:

? Karen DeSalvo, Vice Dean for Community Affairs And Health

Policy, Tulane University School Of Medicine

? James Favrot, President of Favrot & Shane Companies Inc.

? Richard Goins, Of Counsel, Aaron PLC

? Norma Grace, Retired Vice Chancellor, University Of New


? Yvette Green, Associate Professor, Lester E. Kabacoff School,

University Of New Orleans

? Kelly Legier, Director of Member Outreach and Diversity, the

Louisiana State Bar Association

? Robert Whann IV, President, G.H. Leidenheimer Baking Co.

? Luis Zervigon, Investment Management Consultant, Crescent

Capital Consulting LLC

Officers of the 2011 Board of Directors were elected for the coming term. They are:

? Sterling Scott Willis, Chairman

? J. Kelly Duncan, Vice Chairman

? Mark A. Mayer, Secretary

? Hardy Fowler, Treasurer

In addition, four directors were re-elected to the board for three-year terms:

? Herschel L. Abbott Jr., Special Counsel, Jones Walker

? Ludovico Feoli, Executive Director of the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research,

Tulane University

? Julie Livaudais George, Attorney, Chaffe McCall LLP

? Madeline D. West, Attorney

Mr. Willis said it is an honor to assume the chairmanship of BGR for 2011. “BGR’s board

contains as smart and committed a group of people as you could hope for,” he said. “I look

forward to continuing to work alongside current board, and I’m excited about the contributions

our incoming directors will make.”


White House Blog:  A Taste of the Gulf at the White House

Posted by Cris Comerford on December 01, 2010 at 10:00 AM EST

Today, hundreds of restaurants all across the country are celebrating “America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood” by serving shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other Gulf Coast delicacies. Since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, consumption of Gulf seafood has dropped, which is why we at the White House are so happy to play our part in reminding Americans that Gulf seafood is not only safe – but delicious. (In case you missed it, check out President Obama enjoying some seafood himself at a crawfish boil in Louisiana back in June and a video of the New Orleans Saints cooking up a gulf seafood storm in the White House kitchen.)

Gulf seafood has a special place in my heart – and not just because it’s truly some of the best seafood in the world. In September, I traveled to Louisiana to learn about the work done to ensure the safety of the region’s seafood. Since day one, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been working with other Federal agencies and state officials to closely monitor seafood in the Gulf and ensure that the seafood that makes it to your grocery store or restaurant is safe to eat. I also gathered local chefs and chefs from around the country to cook seafood for a block party for the residents of St. Bernard Parish who returned after Katrina.  At that party, I had the honor of surprising one resident who walked into her new home for the first time since the disaster, greeted by the smell of homemade seafood jambalaya.

I’m excited to use the power of food once again to honor not only the Gulf, but some very special guests.  Tonight, the White House is hosting a holiday reception for the volunteers who worked so hard over the Thanksgiving break to put up our beautiful  decorations.  And at this event, we’ll be serving our guests a seafood bar highlighting Gulf shrimp and Florida stone crabs. All together, we’ve shipped in about 2,000 lbs of shrimp and crabs from the Gulf for our 2010 holiday parties.

The celebration of the Gulf doesn’t stop in my kitchen either. The White House Mess today has a menu overflowing with seafood from the Gulf, including:

Seafood Gumbo
Andouille, Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA, Bayou La Batre, Alabama Lump Crab

Oyster Po-Boy
Fresh Alabama Gulf Oysters, Housemade Tartar, French Bread, Cajun Fries

Stacked Eggplant with Shrimp and Lump Crab Cream Sauce
Garden Eggplant, Angel Hair Pasta, Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA and Bayou La Batre, Alabama Lump Crab

BBQ Shrimp
Traditional New Orleans Family Recipe with Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA and Crusty French Bread

Speckled Trout
Speckled Trout from Gulfport, Mississippi, Brown Butter Sauce, Red Smashed Potatoes, Snap Peas with Candied Pecans

Duck Camp Beignets

And for you to enjoy a taste of the Gulf at home, here’s my Gulf Shrimp Cocktail recipe that I’ll be serving at the White House holiday parties.

Gulf Shrimp Cocktail (Serves 6)

For the shrimp:

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup kosher salt

1 lemon halved

2 lbs large shrimp in the shell

For the Cocktail Sauce:

½ cup chili sauce

3 tbsp prepared horseradish

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp hot sauce


Add the vinegar, salt and a halved lemon into a large pot of boiling water.  Add the shrimp, and cook for about three minutes, or until the shells turn pink.  Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl of iced water.  When the shrimp are cool enough, peel the shells and devein..  Keep refrigerated until service. For the cocktail sauce,  combine all the remaining ingredients and set aside.


Cris Comerford is the White House Executive Chef

BP Top Interest

From Yahoo: “It took a man-made disaster to topple a celebrity from the top spot on Yahoo Inc.'s annual list of most popular search requests.

BP PLC's massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast drew the most interest among the tens of millions of people that used Yahoo's search engine during 2010. The Internet company released its top 10 rankings Tuesday.”


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