Why did Louisiana lose a Congressional seat and just how free and open to business is your parish?

June 29, 2011

Recently an editorial ran in the Lake Charles American Press titled, Louisiana ranks low in freedom survey. This survey was carried out by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. Are you surprised to learn that of the southern states, Louisiana ranks dead last as the least free states and thirty-fifth in the nationwide. Any wonder why our population decreased in the last decade and businesses are choosing other, more business friendly states to locate in? Since becoming more aware of politics nationally and locally over the last few years, ( thank you Nancy, Harry and Pres. Obama )  I dove head first into that of my parish. Is your parish doing everything it can to change this trend or does it seem as though your local governing authority is only adding to the stifling of business growth?

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When is the last time you checked in on your police jury and looked to see what the newest development codes are and how they may be helping or hindering growth. There is always a reason, necessity or justification for these new codes, but depending on the parish and true problems at hand, most folks simply accept whatever they hear from their police jury staff to be gospel. As a citizen of Calcasieu Parish, I am attending the public meetings that our jury is currently holding on their new UDC (Unified Development Code)  that is going to replace thirty-seven years of codes and update them to a new and “common language” that is supposed to be easier to understand. We have a citizen panel chosen according to their field of expertise to help bring changes to this document that they feel will benefit Calcasieu Parish. Something is going wrong, this is not getting the rubber stamp some thought it would get from this panel, as it should be. A few more meeting to go and we hope to see the revised version and what recommendations our jury staff will take from these gentlemen. Proposed code

Thirty-five out fifty, or fifty-seven, even worst. Can Louisiana do better? We do have more room to advance upwards than down. How is your parish growing or has it become stagnant? Has your parish adopted a comprehensive plan and who wrote it? Now that the state session is over, this is an opportunity for everyone to take a quick look at your parish and your home town and ask, what can we do as citizens to mold local codes and help our communities move in the correct direction and protect personal property rights at the same time? I would like to see Calcasieu Parish take the lead in making this the place to grow and not simply follow the path of others in placing more stipulations on businesses and developers which in turn deters growth. It’s up to our citizen panel working on this, and the residents, to shape the vote of the Police Jurors when the finished document comes to them for a vote. Eight votes govern our parish, will it be what we need or what the jury thinks we need?


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Company: AT&T Corp., New York Target audience: C-level executives, IT managers Key Web executive: Chris Casserly, director of publishing operations No. of employees who work on the site: 18 dedicated (ATT.com/ business), 25 total (ATT.com) Last major redesign: October 2003 and ongoing No. of pages in site: Approximately 30,000 Shane Ginsberg: “This site puts AT&T Business head and shoulders above its competitors in an increasingly crowded marketplace. AT&T clearly set its focus on ease-of-use and information architecture to intuitively structure a complex offering.” Jakob Nielsen: “Navigation is strong. I also like the fact that I’m in an area about hosting services and there’s a short description that’s written with highlighted words. Business people don’t have a lot of time to read, so these get them right to the point.” [Note: Nielsen did not like the “annoying animation” on AT&T’s home page. “They should get rid of it,” he said]. here att uverse coupon code

Believe it or not, though ATT.com is a veritable Web site behemoth, hosting 30,000-plus pages, it used to be a lot more unwieldy to manage. These days, despite its size, the site is appealing and easy to navigate.

Part of this comes from AT&T’s massive overhaul of its Web operations starting last October. “We’re still working to dramatically simplify the site’s functionality, as well as unifying all of its disparate parts with a consistent look and feel,” said Chris Casserly, director of publishing operations for ATT.com and ATT.com/ business. “Much like we’ve spun off the AT&T wireless and broadband business, each unit-or ‘sitelet’-had begun to spin off in its own direction, and we had to bring everything back together.” The site redesign also is an attempt to help AT&T reposition itself as a leader in the business enterprise networking arena. “The company is making a big push in this direction, and we’ve really beefed up this area online,” Casserly said. go to site att uverse coupon code

Casserly took the approximately 70 enterprise sitelets and regrouped them by product portfolios, ranging from hosting to business continuity and security. The company also instituted an “Insights and News” section that provides value-added content such as white papers, case studies, videos and other interactive content, he said. “Our e-newsletter offerings-a relatively new product-are ramping up, and we hope to soon reach 1 million customers and prospects,” Casserly said.

But perhaps what’s most important is the enterprise site’s renewed customer focus. “Customer self-service is a really big deal, and we hope we’ve significantly raised the bar on anticipating and responding to the needs of our 250,000 to 300,000 enterprise customers,” Casserly said.

Still in redesign mode is ATT.com’s Small and Medium Business site, which Casserly said “is getting up to speed and should be completed this fall.” Look for similarly enhanced features and functionality, as well as greater simplicity to keep the behemoth at bay.


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