Week in Review, September 5-9: NOPD, 9th Ward Stadium Project, ASAP and more

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NEW ORLEANS — As the 2022 NFL season begins, optimism abounds. Saints fans are hoping the team led by Dennis Allen will put plenty of points on the board while controlling the opposition’s attacks. Local hospitality professionals, on the other hand, rely on many hotel room and restaurant bookings to boost their revenue. In that spirit of optimism, New Orleans officials this week announced an ambitious plan to tackle crime by bolstering the ranks of the New Orleans Police Department — and U.S. Representative Troy Carter announced an investment federal $3 million in a potential public athletics stadium in the 9th Arena.

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New Orleans officials announced a three-year, $80 million plan Thursday that includes raises for all NOPD officers, free health care and $30,000 in incentive payments for new recruits. Facing criticism after an increase in violent crime, a shrinking police force with less than 1,000 officers and reports of slow emergency response times, Mayor LaToya Cantrell broke the news alongside the Superintendent of police Shaun Ferguson and Fausto Pichardo, a former New York City leader. Police Department who acts as a temporary “consultant chief of operations” for NOPD. The plan could revive a take-home policy for officers, which would require the purchase of 600 new vehicles. In addition, officers from specialized areas within the department will be assigned to patrols to enhance law enforcement. The municipal council and the public service council will have to approve the elements of the plan.

On September 7, U.S. Representative Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) was joined by students, coaches and local officials from George Washington Carver High School as he presented a check for $3 million to the 9th Ward Stadium Project, a non-profit organization that strives to provide a public athletics stadium to the community. Currently, 9th Precinct students must travel across town to use other areas, but Carter hopes this funding will help change that. “I’m proud to have secured $3 million in federal funds to help build a state-of-the-art stadium in the 9th Arrondissement,” he said at the event. “It will be more than just a stadium that the community will share with the students and public of New Orleans. It’s a chance to level the playing field for the 9th Arrondissement, create opportunities for the neighborhood to recreate itself, build community pride, and ultimately boost homeownership and energize the surrounding economy. This stadium will be a long-awaited victory for this community, and I am grateful to have played a part in making it happen.

ASAP, the Louisiana-based delivery app formerly named Waitr, has announced a new NIL (name, image and likeness) offer for all Louisiana State University student-athletes. The offering covers all of the university’s collegiate sports as the fall schedule kicks off for both men’s and women’s sports. Under the proposal, every LSU player who accepts the NIL deal will promote the newly rebranded delivery app on their social media accounts. Student-athletes will be compensated for orders created from their social media accounts. ASAP will work with MatchPoint Connection, a leader in the NIL industry, to facilitate potential agreements with athletes. NIL agreements allow college athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness.

Bernhard Capital Partners Management, a private equity management firm focused on services and infrastructure, announced the launch of a platform dedicated to architecture, engineering and construction with an investment in Grace Hebert Curtis Architecture. GHC will continue to be led by CEO Jerry Hebert and his current management team, who will retain a significant stake in the business. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in Baton Rouge with offices in Dallas, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Lafayette, GHC and its team of talented, client-focused architects have delivered innovative, functional and personal projects for thousands of clients. Its holistic and immersive design project management approach prioritizes transparency, engagement, and customer satisfaction at every stage of the development process. The company currently serves clients in the design and development of properties in distinct asset classes and industries, including education (higher education and K-12), commercial office, industrial and healthcare. health. Bernhard Capital will support GHC’s continued growth and build on the company’s recent momentum. The company plans to leverage its expertise in critical infrastructure services with this platform to partner with best-in-class companies serving the growing demand for modern and sustainable infrastructure.

A technique used to test THC levels in hemp plants has now been confirmed to also identify the sex of the plant accurately without disturbing the growth cycle. Research findings at Texas A&M University create a point of expansion and valuable new use for Mariposa Technology’s software and database. Called PAMAP (for Predictive Analytical Modeling Application for Plants), this digital farming tool has undergone an extensive research and development process for on-farm testing of THC levels in live hemp plants, between other cannabinoids, in order to ensure that the plants remain below the federal level. legal limit of THC (0.3%) for industrial hemp. Mariposa Technology uses the technique, known as Raman Spectroscopy (RS), for rapid field testing of industrial and pharmacological hemp for THC levels. On-site testing at farms growing hemp crops provides farmers with affordable, accurate, and immediate test results and provides the opportunity to supplement the work of testing labs.

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