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Louisiana Positives: 2005
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2005 POSITIVELY LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge-based Amedisys came in at No. 12 on the 200 Best Small CompaniesList. Other Louisiana companies making the list include Superior Energy Services at No. 106 and Stone Energy at No. 152 (Forbes, November 2005).
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Louisiana's Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control has been named the 2005 Liquor Law Enforcement Agency of the Year. The agency achieved over a 91% compliance rate after conducting more than 1,300 compliance checks (National Liquor Law Enforcement Association, October 2005). http://www.nllea.org/Conferences.htm
New Orleans has the best city website (http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx) in the country. The results are based on innovations and resulting maturity in providing solutions and communicating well with citizens, businesses or educational communities. Baton Rouge (http://www.brgov.com/) was named a finalist for the award (Center for Digital Government, October 2005). http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/bestof/?loc=36
Baton Rouge ranks No. 17 and Lafayette No. 18 on the recently released list of Hot Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur Magazine, October 2005). http://entrepreneur.com/bestcities/region/0,5276,498-Midsize,00.html
Louisiana Governor's Office of Film & Television Development made the list of Top 50 Executives and Creatives who had an impact on the independent film industry last year (Variety Magazine, September 2005). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117928696?categoryid=2063&cs=1&s=h&p=0
New Orleans made the list of America's Top 5 Restaurant Cities (Bon Appetit, September 2005). http://www.epicurious.com/bonappetit/toc/toc
Calcasieu Parish ranks No. 3 in the 2005 ranking of Top 20 Project Active Counties in the country with 70 projects. St. Charles Parish came in at No. 20 with 25 projects (Industrial Info Online, July 2005). http://www.industrialinfo.com/media/downloadMedia.jsp?mediaId=100430
Baton Rouge's Stonehenge Capital Company makes this year's list of Top 100 Venture Capital Firms (Entrepreneur Magazine, July 2005). http://www.entrepreneur.com/listings/vc100/deals/1,5956,,00.html
Slidell's own Louisiana Lumber ranks 15th in the 2005 Hot 100 list of the fastest-growing new businesses in America (Entrepreneur Magazine, July 2005). http://entrepreneur.com/hot100/listings/0,6868,296117-2005-0,00.html
New Orleans made an annual ranking of America's Favorite Cities in several categories. The Crescent City came in at No. 4 for romance, No. 6 for ease in getting around, No. 7 in overall activities, No. 9 for sightseeing, No. 15 for its people, No. 16 for holiday trips, No. 21 for quality of life, and No. 25 for family trips (Travel & Leisure, August 2005). http://www.travelandleisure.com/afc/results.cfm# 
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ew Orleans is among the latest list of Top Logistic Metros in the Southeast (Expansion Management, June 2005). http://www.expansionmanagement.com/smo/DocReserve/DocReserve_
Content/Top%20Log%20Metros%20in%20the%20Southeast.pdf
The New Orleans area has the nation's sharpest increase in per capita income growth since 2000 according to a new study of federal data. Personal income in New Orleans climbed 4.59 percent each year between 2000 and 2003. Shreveport ranked 2nd and Baton Rouge came in at No. 29, all above the national average (American City Business Journals, June 2005). http://www.bizjournals.com/edit_special/17.html  
Baton Rouge jumped from No. 86 to No. 19 in the annual Most Unwired Cities Survey. New Orleans climbed from No. 69 in 2004 to No. 38. The rankings are based on the number of commercial and public or "free" wireless Internet access points (hotspots), airports with wireless Internet access, and broadband availability. The survey also included community wireless Internet access points, local wireless networks and wireless e-mail devices (Intel Corporation, June 2005). http://www.intel.com/personal/wireless/unwiredcities/index.htm
The Pointe Coupee Community Enrichment Fund was recently honored with one of five National Leadership In Action Awards. The Fund was honored for their work in promoting philanthropy and their efforts to bridge the gaps of race and class in their rural community (W.K. Kellogg Foundation, May 2005). http://www.wkkf.org/Pubs/PhilVol/General_00251_03788.pdf
 LSU's Business & Technology Center received the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award, the highest award for incubator excellence (National Business Incubation Association, May 2005). http://www.nbia.org/awards_showcase/2005/incubator.php
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce made the list of Top 10 Economic Development Groups of 2004 (Site Selection Magazine, May 2005). http://siteselection.com/
Lafayette jumped from 126th to 68th in the country in this year's list of Best Places for Doing Business in America. Lafayette showed the highest growth in Louisiana for information technology jobs with an increase of 21.5% in the last three years (Inc. Magazine, May 2005). http://www.inc.com/magazine/20050501/bestcities.html
New Orleans ranks as the No. 1 art destination for mid-sized cities (American Style Magazine, April 2005). http://www.americanstyle.com/Magazine/AS43/Arts_
Travel/Top25/Top25ArtCities.cfm  
Louisiana is No. 3 and New Orleans comes in at No. 8 on the latest list of the Ten Comeback Kids for developing industry (Southern Business & Development, April 2005). http://www.sb-d.com/issues/winter2005/features/TenComebackKids.asp  
Louisiana Department of Revenue has won the 2005 FTA Award for Technology Applications in State Tax Administration for its multi-year effort to modernize and integrate revenue operations (Federation of Tax Administrators, April 2005). http://www.taxadmin.org
Louisiana's college savings plan - the State Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust (START) Program - ranks as one of the best 529 plans in the nation. START received five stars - the highest ranking available, making Louisiana one of only six states to receive the highest accolade (InvestforCollege.com, March 2005). http://www.investforcollege.com/ShowPlan.asp?page=2&ssort=1
The Union Tank Car project ranks No. 13 in the nation for biggest project based on square footage and U.S. Support Company in Shreveport ranks No. 11 for most employee increase (Site Selection Magazine, March 2005). http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2005/mar/p150/ss2004_03p152.pdf
Natchitoches is the first Louisiana city to make the list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 2005). http://www.nationaltrust.org/dozen_distinctive_destinations/2005/index.html
Louisiana ranks 1st in the southwest market region in terms of capital and maintenance spending among paper and wood companies, with 14 projects worth $435 million (Industrialinfo.com, February 2005). http://www.industrialinfo.com/showNews.jsp?newsitemID=56510
Louisiana's Small Business Administration office ranks 10th in the country for loan production and services, climbing from near the bottom of the annual rankings just a year ago (U.S. Small Business Administration, February 2005). http://www.sba.gov/la/05-01-louisiana-ranks-10th.html
Baton Rouge ranks as the 25th "Smartest Cities" out of the 101 largest U.S. cities (Men's Health Magazine, February 2005). http://www.menshealth.com/cda/home/0,,s1-0-0-0-0,00.html
New Orleans is the fourth best place in the nation to make a movie (Moviemaker Magazine, Winter 2005). http://www.moviemaker.com/
 Louisiana's teacher quality improvement efforts lead the nation. The state's efforts to improve school and student performance rank 2nd in the nation. (Education Week, January 2005). http://www.edweek.com/ew/index.html
Louisiana ranks 8th in the country in number of teachers receiving National Board Certification last year, up from 12th in 2003. (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, December 2004). http://www.nbpts.org/nbct/nbctdir_bystate.cfm
Louisiana ranks No. 8 in the country in gross state product, ranked by percent change (Bureau of Economic Analysis, December 2004). http://www.bea.doc.gov/bea/newsrelarchive/2004/gsp1204.xls
New Orleans has been ranked 39th overall and No. 1 in Waterborne Commerce, and Baton Rouge was named 82nd overall and No. 10 in Waterborne Commerce in the latest list of America's 100 Most Logistics Friendly Metros (Expansion Management, November 2004). http://expansionmanagement.com/smo/DocReserve/DocReserve_Content/Top%20100(1).pdf
Houma climbed to No. 14 in the list of Best Performing Cities - 118 Small Metros. Shreveport climbed from No. 176 to No. 150 on the list of Best Performing Cities - 200 Largest Metros (Milken Institute, November 2004). http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org/bc118.html
Louisiana leapt from 12th to 8th in its national ranking for number of nationally certified teachers this year (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, December 2004). http://www.nbpts.org/nbct/nbctdir_bystate.cfm
 The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the State of Louisiana for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). This was the third consecutive year that Louisiana has earned the award (Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada {GFOA}, November 2004). http://www.gfoa.org./services/awards.shtml
With a 5% increase, Louisiana ranks 6th on the national list of states with the biggest increase of non-employer small businesses (U.S. Census Bureau, November 2004). http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2004/cb04-228table.pdf
Louisiana ranks 10th in what it spends on pre-k education and 12th in students' accessibility to early childhood programs. Louisiana also received high marks for the quality of its public pre-k programs (The National Institute for Early Education Research, November



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