2017 Annual Review
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St. Bernard Parish, LA. (November 10, 2017) – Canseco’s Market is opening its newest location on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 6735 St. Claude Avenue in Arabi. The 11,600-square-foot store will be the company’s fourth location throughout Greater New Orleans.
St. Bernard Parish, LA. (November 1, 2017) – Tractor Supply Co. opens its newest location in Meraux, Louisiana on November 4, 2017. Located at 2505 Hannan Blvd., the store is roughly 19,000 square feet and employs fourteen St. Bernard Parish residents.
Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retail store in the U.S., has broken ground on a site in Meraux for a store that will open later this fall. The property was owned by the Meraux Foundation and identified as an ideal location for the new retail store through a site selection program managed by SBEDF.
Grow St. Bernard, a professional development seminar series created to support St. Bernard Parish’s increasing base of locally owned businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs, recently the local businesses who completed the program on June 13, 2017. Grow St. Bernard's inaugural cohort of nineteen businesses included a variety of companies from law offices to restaurants, retail to professional services spanning throughout St. Bernard Parish.
The program, a joint venture between the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, will be releasing a new schedule of individual "Lunch and Learn" seminars on several topics for the Fall of 2017. Join the email list at the link below for more information about future programming.
Judges announced Reactive Digital Systems, LLC the winner of the third annual Startup St. Bernard presented by the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation and the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week.
What began as a home brewing hobby for Michael Naquin has blossomed into a 6,000 square foot micro-brewing operation nestled in the heart of Old Arabi on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Founded in 2011, 40 Arpent Brewing Company has provided locally crafted beer to restaurants and bars throughout Southeast Louisiana, but with the completion of a 1,200 square foot taproom, Naquin and his staff look forward to serving their product on site.
Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, will unveil its newest remodeled store in Chalmette, La., during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, at 3300 Paris Rd.
The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF), the official economic development organization for St. Bernard Parish, today announced its new corporate brand and logo.
The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) announced today that it has adopted a resolution supporting Nunez Community College in the midst of the Louisiana Legislature's second special session of 2016.
The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation announced today that it has partnered with the artistic team of Erica and Mitchell Gaudet to develop a two block stretch of vacant and underused properties along St. Claude Avenue into Studio Arabi, an “arts campus” that will include studios, galleries, artist residences, and a theatre. Borrowing from creative placemaking approaches, the project will leverage arts and culture as a driver for economic development and enhanced livability in the parish.
The second annual Working on the Water Summit and Expo returned to St. Bernard Parish on March 22, 2016 at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm, concluding a year of Working on the Water programming that began in May 2015.
Judges announced Christie's Dreams Seafood the winner of the second annual Startup St. Bernard. Christie's Dreams Seafood took home a $110,000 prize package of cash and in-kind services designed to help propel their business to the next level.
St. Bernard Parish, LA (March 12, 2016) — St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) Executive Director, Andrew Jacques, was a featured guest on Cox 4's "Across Louisiana." Jacques discussed the entrepreneur pitch competition Startup St.
J&K Pawn and Jewelry hosted its grand opening featuring refreshments, giveaways and live entertainment the weekend of March 4, 2016.
The new 42,000 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market brings 95 jobs to Meraux.
On October 20, 2015, the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) Executive Director, Andrew Jacques, provided an update to the St. Bernard Parish Council.
Fast-Growing New Startup to Add Dozens of Jobs to St. Bernard Economy. Ship Tech Services provides maritime, environmental and industrial cleaning services for ships, barges, tanks and other vessels throughout the Gulf Coast.
Ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina, and Southern Louisiana is emerging from the storm as a true leader in digital media, workforce development, infrastructure and much more.
The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation welcomes the Old Arabi Marketplace to the Parish. In just one month, the new business is fast becoming a destination for shoppers in the newly-formed Arabi Arts District.
SBEDF pens letter to the editor of the Times-Picayune in wake of stories published about St. Bernardians setting down roots elsewhere during coverage of the 10th anniversary of Katrina.
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Andrew Jacques discussed economic development at the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association.
St. Bernard, La. (August 25, 2015) -- Marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Andrew Jacques and Chairman Joseph DiFatta provided an update on economic development in St. Bernard Parish to WWLTV.
The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) welcomes Bayou Urgent Care to St. Bernard Parish. SBEDF was instrumental in helping the new business open in the Parish. The health care clinic represents a $1 million investment in St. Bernard and brings with it more than 6 professional jobs with hopes of growing more.
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation launches marketing campaign during the 2015 Parade of Homes.
In May 2015, The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation announced a partnership with the Regional Planning Commission that allowed for the expansion of its Working on the Water (WOW) initiative to provide more programming that will be held continuously throughout the year.
Served as the fiscal agent for a $200,000 grant awarded from the federal Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce’s Recovery Program. This funding was used to assess and stimulate the recovery of commercial fisheries and related entities that were impacted by the Horizon- BP oil spill that occurred in April 2010.
Secured the funding from LED to support the development of EDF’s initial website to foster economic development in St. Bernard Parish.
Hosted Grant Business Seminars to assist both local government and non-profit entities with the “Best Practice Techniques” that are a must for securing grant funding. Estimated impact – Over $1 million in grant awards.
Secured the funding of $142,500 from the Louisiana Legislature, through a grant made available through LED to benefit St. Bernard’s economic development operations. The funding was specifically earmarked to acquire a permanent business office domiciled in St. Bernard Parish.
Served as the lead liaison for Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Tier’s I and II Grant Programs in promoting grants for local qualifying businesses. EDF hosted a series of business seminars spearheading initiatives whereby resulting in over 300 businesses qualifying to receive a $10,000 grant. Overall economic impact for St. Bernard’s business community over $3 million.
Acquired independently the funding of $200,000 to commission the development of “St. Bernard Parish Planning Document” that was mandated by the state of Louisiana to meet the requirements of having a planning framework in place to spur the post-Katrina recovery operations.