Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD-BREAKING TOURISM NUMBERS IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced 2016 as the fifth consecutive record-breaking year for tourism in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record high 46.7 ...Read More...

WHAT IS VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA?
Do you have a desire to serve in your community? Have been looking to volunteer but don't know where to start? Volunteer Louisiana is here to get you connected and involved in service to your ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM - EXPLORE OUR SYSTEM OF NINE MUSEUMS
Since 1906, the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) has served as our great state's repository of history, culture and heritage. We present insightful exhibitions that allow us to broaden our understanding of ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA VS. ATCHAFALAYA BASIN: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
As soon as many visitors see one of our beautiful brown "Atchafalaya National Heritage Area" signs on the interstate or while driving one of Louisiana's many scenic byways, they start to wonder what a ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR LAUNCHES UNIQUELY LOUISIANA INITIATIVE
Uniquely Louisiana is a comprehensive portal of educational resources from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Lt. Governor Nungesser said, "Our office ...Read More...

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND TOURISM FOUNDATION
BATON ROUGE – The Legislature approved a bill that will support the establishment of the Louisiana Culture, Recreation and Tourism Foundation. The Foundation will support the Department of Culture, ...Read More...

NUNGESSER NAMED TO LEADERSHIP OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is serving on the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). NLGA is a professional association providing research and ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER NAMED HONORARY CITIZEN OF SAN DIEGO
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser received a honorary citizenship designation while visiting San Diego, Calif earlier this month for the annual Gator by the Bay Festival.

The designation from ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM AND THE NEW ORLEANS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU PARTNER IN PROMOTING LOUISIANA TO 6,400 TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS AT IPW 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau recently returned to U.S. Travel Association's 49th IPW in Washington, D.C., ...Read More...

OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT CATALYTIC IMPACT STUDY
BATON ROUGE – The Office of Cultural Development recently released a catalytic impact study for the historic preservation tax credits. The Office commissioned an independent study of the impacts ...Read More...

CHEF BONNIE BREAUX CROWNED 2017 QUEEN OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD
Twelve of the state's top chefs battled for prestigious title at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

LAFAYETTE, LA – ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2017 SUMMER OF SERVICE VOLUNTEER GRANTS
Volunteer Louisiana has awarded Summer of Service grants to nine volunteer and disaster recovery projects across Louisiana. These projects will engage approximately 2,800 volunteers in five parishes in ...Read More...

ADAMS NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD PROMOTION AND MARKETING BOARD
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced the selection for the next leader of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board today with the hiring of former state representative ...Read More...

LOUISIANA ARTS PROGRAMS RECEIVE FUNDING FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
BATON ROUGE – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that 17 Louisiana organizations, including the Division of the Arts within Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, ...Read More...

THE PALM, THE PINE AND THE CYPRESS
The Palm, the Pine and the Cypress: Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans presents more than 50 glazed ceramics pieces paired with archival photographs documenting the beloved pottery's history through ...Read More...

PETE FOUNTAIN: A LIFE HALF-FAST
Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast offers a well-rounded, humorous appreciation of the legendary clarinetist. Via photos and artifacts, the exhibit traces the various aspects of Fountain's life and career. ...Read More...

WOMEN OF NOTE
Women of Note highlights the role of women in the evolution of New Orleans Jazz from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today's vibrant music scene. From Lil Hardin through Sweet Emma ...Read More...

IRIS AND THE GODDESSES OF CARNIVAL
The Louisiana State Museum, in partnership with the Krewes of Iris, Muses and Nyx, will present Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of Iris and exploring ...Read More...

FROM "DIRTY SHIRTS" TO BUCCANEERS: THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS IN AMERICAN CULTURE.
Using a variety of artifacts, images and documents, the exhibition From "Dirty Shirts" to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture opens with an exploration of the battle's history, ...Read More...

GROUNDS FOR GREATNESS: LOUISIANA AND THE NATION
A 48-foot wooden shrimp trawler and a two-row sugar cane harvester reveal by example the state's agricultural and aquatic riches. An oil-well head and scale model of a drilling rig drive home the critical ...Read More...

ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN CANOE FOUND ON RED RIVER BANK
BATON ROUGE – An ancient Native American canoe has been found on the bank of the Red River in Caddo Parish just northwest of Shreveport. The canoe was found on property owned by McKneely Family Partnership ...Read More...

LOUISIANA DOWNTOWN ADVOCATES LEARN NEW STRATEGIES FROM NATIONAL EXPERTS
Approximately 50 representatives from Louisiana Main Street organizations, regional planning districts, regional arts councils, and federal agencies attended a two-day training titled "Cultivating Place ...Read More...

EMERGENCY REPAIRS UNDERWAY AT THE CABILDO AND PRESBYTERE
Emergency repairs are underway at the Cabildo and Presbytère. The exteriors of both buildings are crumbling due to moisture intrusion. The repairs are needed to prevent the plaster and stucco on ...Read More...

ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BOULEVARD - A GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET!
During its annual Main Street Now national conference, the National Main Street Center awarded Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association for its ...Read More...

TOLEDO BEND IN TOP FIVE BASS FISHING LAKES IN CENTRAL UNITED STATES
BATON ROUGE – Toledo Bend Reservoir earned a top five spot when ranked against other bass fishing lakes throughout the Central United States. This is the third time Toledo Bend has been among the ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TO SIGN QUÉBEC-LOUISIANA AGREEMENT PRESERVING FRENCH CULTURE
BATON ROUGE – The Lt. Governor will travel to Québec City with members from the Council on Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the Louisiana Office of Tourism to reaffirm agreements ...Read More...

LT. GOV. NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PROJECT
BATON ROUGE – In honor of Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces results of the Baton Rouge Folklife Survey and publication of the online book, Baton Rouge Traditions. ...Read More...

FOR HOME AND COUNTRY: LOUISIANA IN THE GREAT WAR
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, Capitol Park Museum will host a new exhibition, For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War. To document Louisianan's ...Read More...

NUNGESSER SAYS NEW PROGRAMS WILL GROW DEPARTMENT DESPITE BUDGET CUTS
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced that the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism continues to grow tourism numbers as a result of the the new initiatives launched ...Read More...

NUNGESSER REAPPOINTED AS SOUTHERN CHAIR OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Nungesser was reappointed as the South Region Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Executive Committee. NLGA is the non-profit, professional ...Read More...

NLGA SUPPORTS NATIONAL SERVICE AND AMERICORPS
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously approved a policy resolution in support of national service, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, at their annual conference last week ...Read More...

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN JOHNETTE DOWNING TO RECEIVE 2017 LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE—(August 8, 2017)—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is thrilled to announce that beloved Louisiana author and musician Johnette Downing has been ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RECEIVES AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS AWARD
BATON ROUGE—Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) awarded Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORDSHOP LINE-UP
BATON ROUGE—(August 15, 2017)—The Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is pleased to announce the five authors conducting "WordShops" for aspiring and novice writers on Friday, ...Read More...

FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED
FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED Panel focuses on how Baton Rouge worships and diversifies BATON ROUGE – With Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary in full swing, Lieutenant Governor ...Read More...

2017 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S TOURISM SUMMIT LARGEST EVER
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser's Tourism Summit, held August 22-24 in New Orleans, was deemed a huge success. The summit, held at Sheraton New Orleans by the Louisiana Tourism Promotional ...Read More...

THE 2017 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NOW SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
BATON ROUGE—(September 5, 2017)—The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration and experience ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ASSISTANT SECRETARY KYLE EDMISTON NAMED 2017 NATIONAL STATE TOURISM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Travel Association named Louisiana Office of Tourism Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston their State Tourism Director of the Year for 2017 during the annual Education Seminar ...Read More...

NUNGESSER HONORS AL SCRAMUZZA AS 2017 SEAFOOD CHAMPION
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser, along with Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Executive Director Bryan Adams, presented Al Scramuzza, owner of Seafood City in New Orleans ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Named 2017 One Book, One Festival Selection

BATON ROUGE—(September ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 14TH YEAR
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 14TH YEAR Lt. Governor and State Librarian Announce Festival Highlights

BATON ROUGE—(September 18, 2017)—The annual free Louisiana Book Festival ...Read More...

LT. GOV. NUNGESSER UNVEILS LA FOLKLIFE MONTH EVENTS
LT. GOV. NUNGESSER UNVEILS LA FOLKLIFE MONTH EVENTS BATON ROUGE—Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2017 the third-annual Louisiana Folklife Month, recognizing Louisiana's rich living ...Read More...

WINTER RATES ANNOUNCED FOR OVERNIGHT FACILITIES AT SELECT LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces that effective Nov. 1 through Feb. 28, cabins, lodges and group camps at State Parks located in the northern part of the state will be available at discounted rates. ...Read More...

SAM HOUSTON JONES STATE PARK UNVEILS MULTIYEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH SASOL
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today unveiled the Longleaf Legacy Project, a public-private partnership with Sasol in Lake Charles dedicated to the heritage, restoration and sustainability of an endangered ...Read More...

NATIONAL SERVICE IN LOUISIANA
Last month, Volunteer Louisiana began highlighting our state AmeriCorps programs, one region at a time. This month, we will highlight the Southern/Southwest region of the state. Stretching from Lake ...Read More...

NEW GROUP CAMP AT BAYOU SEGNETTE STATE PARK AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATIONS
The Office of State Parks announces that reservations for the new group camp at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego are available, effective 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, for stays beginning Tuesday, Jan. ...Read More...