January 24, 2013
City Council Chamber
City Council January 24, 2013 Regular Meeting SummaryThursday, January 24, 2013 - New Orleans, LA - At today's regular City Council Meeting the Council received a presentation by Jacob Johnson, Executive Director, of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL). In other business, the Council recognized Mrs. Emily London Jones, mother of NFL star Jacoby Jones.
Details of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) Tax Exempt Bond Program Presented
The Council received a presentation by Jacob Johnson, Executive Director, of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) regarding HEAL's tax exempt bond program. HEAL, a quasi-governmental agency, has the authority to issue bonds to primary institutions - the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Tulane University Health Sciences Center and to participating local, state, and non profit institutions working in health care, health education or the biological sciences to build, renovate or expand facilities in New Orleans and Shreveport. Economic development incentives through the issuance of tax-exempt HEAL bonds are allocated to projects and organizations within a ten mile radius of the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO). The tax exempt bond program allows recipients to pay for land or property with no additional costs associated with the bond issue. Only the property financing is tax free, bond recipients pay taxes on all aspects of the project for which the bond issue is intended. Bond recipients are not exempt from property taxes on their facilities. HEAL's mission is to promote the medical and health education activities of private and public institutions in the state, assist in providing prompt and efficient medical and health care services at a reasonable cost, and strive to achieve standards of attainment in health care and education. HEAL operates under the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, but is an independent entity overseen by a 13-member board of trustees. The board includes members appointed by the Governor, Tulane University Educational Fund, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LSU Board of Supervisors, Louisiana State Medical Society, Mayor of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Dental Association.
Council President Head said, "The Health Education Authority of Louisiana is one of our City's most valuable resources. HEAL's mission is comprehensive in scope. The organization promotes quality and cost effective health care for citizens and provides economic development incentives to build and sustain our medical infrastructure."
Recognized Emily London Jones, Mother of NFL Star Jacoby Jones
The Council recognized Mrs. Emily London Jones, mother of Raven's wide receiver Jacoby Jones, the Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at Xavier University. Mrs. Jones has worked for Xavier University for the past twelve years as the director of financial aid, previously working as the associate director of financial aid and scholarships for Xavier University. She also holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Xavier. Her son Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, will be returning home as his team, the Baltimore Ravens, face off against the San Francisco 49ers on February 3 in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Council Vice President Clarkson said, "We are so excited to have a local young man, as a leading star of the Baltimore Ravens, coming home to New Orleans to play in the Super Bowl! Behind every successful young man is his mother and we are so proud to honor Jacoby Jones' mother, Emily London Jones, today!"