The American Water Works Association, the largest association of water professionals in the world, today applauded the U.S. Congress for passing a Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking water sources from nutrient runoff.

Banks Partner to Award $16,000 to Fund Community Engagement Projects

Gulf Coast Bank and Trust and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) presented $16,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to the Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) to support two major initiatives

Louisiana Remodeler Thomas Ashley Jr. Named 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers honored Thomas Ashley Jr., CAPS, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Denham Springs, La., with its highest remodeling achievement award, the 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The award recognizes superior business management and customer service, exemplary NAHB and community involvement and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry. Ashley will be honored on Jan. 10, 2018, at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Boston Fed President discusses trends in commercial real estate

Speaking in New York on Tuesday, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren discussed commercial real estate valuations. While a variety of favorable conditions account for some of the elevated valuations, he noted that at such times it is worth asking what could go wrong and cause a reversal.

Bossier City, Louisiana, Housing Authority Agrees to Pay $120,000 and Implement Reforms to Settle...

The Justice Department announced today that the Bossier City, Louisiana, Housing Authority (BCHA) has agreed to pay $120,000 and adopt new policies and practices to settle a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated on the basis of race and disability, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Community Organizations to Hold Louisiana Reinvestment Summit in New Orleans

On Wednesday, September 14 the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) will host a statewide summit in New Orleans on community reinvestment and neighborhood revitalization in Louisiana. The Louisiana Reinvestment Summit will feature keynote addresses by New Orleans Councilmember Jared C. Brossett and New Orleans Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams


Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) will be hosting their 3rdAnnual JeffCAP Housing Fair on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The housing fair will be held at the Marrero Community/Senior Center located at 1861 Ames Boulevard in Marrero

Louisiana DOTD joins Infrastructure Week 2016

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Infrastructure Week, which will take place from May 16-23. Across the country, businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more will join together to tell citizens and policymakers alike how #InfrastructureMatters to their communities, businesses and jobs, health and safety, and daily lives – and the need for increased and continued investment from all levels of government and the private sector.


Association’s Louisiana Chapter Petitions Fifth Circuit to Challenge OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule, Citing Fact Rule Is Not Feasible Given Limitations of Current Dust Removal Technology

Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions Earns Banking and Mortgage Supervision Re-accreditation

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced today that the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions (OFI or the Office) has received a certificate of accreditation for banking and mortgage supervision, certifying that the Department maintains the standards and practices set by the CSBS Accreditation Program. This is the Office’s sixth banking accreditation and second mortgage accreditation. The OFI, led by Commissioner John P. Ducrest, was first accredited in 1989 for banking and in 2010 for mortgage

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge to Build 10 New Homes

Ten new homes will be built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge (HFHGBR), thanks to a $70,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant issued from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and member institution Whitney Bank.

City Sells All 170 Properties in August Adjudicated Property Auction

On Aug. 5, the second in a series of innovative online monthly auctions for adjudicated properties brought in over $4 million after 417 people placed more than 14,600 bids to buy all 170 properties that were for sale. In addition, 15 delinquent accounts of $525,657.11 were paid in full in the weeks leading up to the auction. Altogether, the adjudicated property auction process has so far brought in more than $8.3 million for the City of New Orleans through two auctions and is helping to revive economic activity and create a fairer tax system


T & I Committee Passes Graves’ Legislation to Improve Disaster Recovery

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced a slate of bills today, including a bipartisan disaster relief bill authored by Reps. Garret Graves (LA-6) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.). The legislation, H.R. 1311 is designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight