News roundup: LSU 100 Nominations open for 2013 … Water Institute names Legendre as CFO and director of operations … Delgado qualifies for fee-free Metro Council run via signatures
Tigers in the marketplace: The LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute has opened the nomination process for the third annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. The program honors the fastest-growing companies owned or operated by former LSU students. To be included, a business must have been in operational for five years or more; have had verifiable revenues of at least $100,000 for 2009; have a former LSU student as owner of at least 50% of the company or as chief executive officer, president or managing partner; and "operate in a manner consistent with the mission of LSU and SEI." You can get complete details and make nominations here.
Tapped: The Water Institute of the Gulf has named Mark Legendre as chief financial officer and director of operations. Legendre, a Baton Rouge native and LSU graduate, spent the past 17 years as chief fiscal officer and director of accounting for the LSU AgCenter. The Water Institute of the Gulf was formed in 2011 as a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal and deltaic systems. For more information on the hiring of Legendre, click here.
On the dotted line: Baton Rouge attorney John Delgado says he has submitted a nominating petition to the Registrar of Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish that includes more than 140 signatures from local residents, enough to officially qualify him to run for the District 12 Metro Council seat held by R.J. "Smokie" Bourgeois without paying the $115 qualifying fee. Getting the signatures is not about saving money, his campaign says; it's about showing there's "solid grassroots support" for Delgado. Since announcing his candidacy June 20, Delgado says he has raised more than $26,000.
Editor's note: This story has been changed since its original publication.
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