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Business Briefs for September 12, 2021 | Business | – The Advocate

St. Tammany Corp. announces new certified site

The St. Tammany Corp. announced the certification of the TJ Smith Industrial Site, the first new certified site in St. Tammany Parish in five years.

Certified sites have been shown to expedite the site selection process and enjoy greater exposure through Louisiana Economic Development’s marketing efforts.

There are 10 certified sites in St. Tammany Parish, and St. Tammany Corp. is working to increase that portfolio. If you are a landowner interested in certification, contact Jake Nickens at [email protected], the coordinator of business and technical services and land and site manager.

Work starts on Sherwood Oaks development

Construction has started on the Sherwood Oaks housing development at 10950 Darryl Drive.

The $45 million affordable housing development is located at the former site of the Brandywine Condominiums. The 280-unit development will one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, spread across 14 buildings.

Sherwood Oaks was developed for households with an income below 60% of the Baton Rouge median, which comes out to just under $33,000, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The first units in the Sherwood Oaks are set to open by spring 2023. 

Santos restaurant now open in Luling

Santos, which blends Latin flavors in Southern dishes, is now open at 12713 U.S. 90 in Luling.

Natasha Clement is the executive chef and Buddy Boe is the managing partner. Clement is a private chef who has appeared on the Food Network, while Boe’s family has owned and operated Buddy B’s Restaurant in Garyville since 1998.

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful to hold conference Oct. 13-14

Keep Louisiana Beautiful will hold its annual State Conference and Everyday Hero Awards Luncheon Oct. 13-14 in Baton Rouge at the Hilton Capitol Center.

The event will feature discussions from state, regional and national experts about the best practices to prevent litter, promote environmental stewardship and increase recycling. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will be the keynote speaker at the Everyday Heroes Awards luncheon, which honors people and groups that go above and beyond to keep their communities clean and beautiful. 

Individuals, municipalities, businesses and organizations interested in working toward a greener, cleaner, more beautiful Louisiana are encouraged to attend by registering at The registration fee for the two day conference is $135.

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Whataburger starts construction on third Baton Rouge-area restaurant

Construction has started on a new Whataburger on the south side of Burbank Drive, east of West Lee Drive.

The restaurant at 5851 Creek Centre Drive is set to open before the end of the year. About 150 people will work in the restaurant.

This will be the third location for the popular Texas chain in metro Baton Rouge, joining restaurants on Siegen Lane and in Gonzales.

BRCC’s Construction Management Program granted reaccreditation

Baton Rouge Community College’s Construction Management Program was granted reaccreditation by the Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education for a six-year period ending July 2027.

The program was introduced in 2009 with 40 students, and enrollment has steadily increased during the past 12 years. The mission of the construction management program is to identify and meet industry workforce needs through a curriculum that includes classes in materials and methods, print reading, estimating, planning and scheduling, project management, safety, construction law, mechanical and electrical systems, statistics and strengths of materials. Students who graduate will receive an associate’s degree in construction management.

Southern establishes online degree in hospitality, food industry leadership

The Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences is offering an online bachelor’s degree in hospitality and food industry leadership. 

The program is designed to prepare students for job in the hospitality and tourism industry, in positions such as food and beverage management, lodging management and event management. 

Honorees announced for 50th annual Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist Awards

Emerge will host the 2021 Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist awards luncheon Nov. 12 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The luncheon recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to the Baton Rouge community.

The 2021 Volunteer Activist honorees are:

  • Laurie Aronson
  • Leonard Augustus
  • Cheri Ausberry
  • Jan Breen
  • Preston Castille
  • O’Neil Curtis
  • Norisha Kirts Glover
  • Bridget Kaigler
  • Eric Lane
  • John Turner

In addition to recognizing the volunteer activists, Emerge will present the Margaret Neely Award to Stephen and Colleen Waguespack. The award is named in honor of Margaret Neely, the longtime executive director of Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation (now known as Emerge) and celebrates people who have served Emerge’s mission as volunteer leaders.

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