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David Dismukes: The whys and hows of maintaining the oil price rise

The new year is bringing welcome relief to U.S. producers. As of mid-January, crude oil prices have climbed by 30% since August 2017, to...

Connie Fabre: The lifeblood of a community is capital investment

In recent years, the Baton Rouge region has had the good fortune to be the recipient of many new and expanded industrial plants. The decision...

Insight: Industrial wage pressures after the 2017 hurricanes

The storms of late summer 2017 were reminiscent of the year 2005. For those of us who remember that year, and many of us...

Insight: Taxing energy infrastructure

Amendment 1 was recently passed by the voters to remove what was becoming a very real opportunity for entrepreneurial tax assessors to tax energy...

Insight: Invest in people

Each year companies invest countless dollars in maintaining and upgrading their equipment, technology, products and services. Yet many fail to invest in their employees’...

Editor’s take: Looking into the future of energy

The troublesome ripple effects that new brands of renewable energy might have on oil and gas weigh heavily on Louisiana’s younger generation, as indicated...

Insight: Is strategic planning fact or fiction?

What is strategic planning? A written strategic plan, when done well, is both the road and the map itself. Fact: Simply put, it is a...

Insight: Does the skills gap exist in Louisiana?

The skills gap is a topic that has gained increased attention over the last 10 years. The issue described is one where potential employees...

Insight: A summer of discontent

Summer weather forecasts in south Louisiana are often not very difficult to predict: “hot, humid, with a high probability of afternoon thunderstorms.” The same...

Insight: The road to a growing and safe region is to build it

It was a hot day in July 1976, when the airplane touched down for my first introduction to Baton Rouge. My family was moving...

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