News roundup: Jindal heading to New Mexico later this month … Greater New Orleans Inc. named among top U.S. economic development organizations … Baton Rouge General to bring in an artist in residence with grant award

News roundup: Jindal heading to New Mexico later this month … Greater New Orleans Inc. named among top U.S. economic development organizations … Baton Rouge General to bring in an artist in residence with grant award




Flying the friendly skies: Secure in his second term, Gov. Bobby Jindal is continuing to help other Republican candidates and organizations with their fundraising efforts. Jindal is scheduled to attend an April 27 luncheon to raise dollars for the Republican Party of New Mexico. An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says the event in Albuquerque will cost $2,500 per person and $5,000 per couple for a separate photo reception before the lunch.



Top honors: Greater New Orleans Inc. is one of just two economic development organizations in the country given honorable mention in Business Facilities magazine's inaugural list of overall Economic Development Excellence for markets with a population of 500,000 or more. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce got the top award, while the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber also received honorable mention. See the complete list of organizations recognized in other categories at the Business Facilities website here.



Therapeutic art: Baton Rouge General Medical Center says it will use a $19,000 grant it has been awarded via the Livestrong Community Impact Project to support bringing the arts to patients with cancer and chronic illness through the development of a new Arts in Medicine program. The grant will pay for an artist in residence, supplies, education resources and consultation for a year. Baton Rouge General is one of more than 200 hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the United States to be awarded a project grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

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