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Tri-Parish Works Job Fair in Covington

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(Slidell, LA) – Job seekers looking for careers with ample opportunities for advancement can connect with employers hiring in many business sectors at the “St. Tammany Getting Back to Work” free job fair, on Friday, August 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in the Greater Covington Center.

Presented by Tri-Parish Works in partnership with the City of Covington, St. Tammany Parish Tourism and Convention Commission, St. Tammany Corporation, Pelican State Credit Union, and Northshore Lodging Association, the event will feature 40 employers that are hiring across all areas in entry-level, mid-level, and professional roles.

Tri-Parish Works, a partner of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, runs the public workforce centers in St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The agency aims to foster a thriving and inclusive regional economy, with increased economic opportunity and prosperity for the entire region.

Don Shea, Director of Business Services, describes Tri-Parish Works’ multi-level support for both employers and job seekers in the region. “As the workforce development agency serving our region, Tri-Parish Works connects talent to opportunity. We invest substantial funding every year to train, educate and certify job seekers across all industry sectors, and we work closely with area employers to understand their workforce needs and provide them with financial support to offset the cost of providing on-the-job training that upgrades the workforce. Tri-Parish Works is proud to have the partners to produce this job fair.

Interviews and offers may be made during the event, so job seekers should come prepared in professional attire with several copies of their resumes. Tri-Parish Works workforce professionals are available to assist job seekers, from reviewing resumes to offering tips to nail the interview. Schedule a visit by calling (985) 646-3940.

To register as a job seeker and for more information, visit triparishworks.net, or contact Don Shea at (985) 646-3940.

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A Morning with Mayor Mark – Coffee & Conversation March 9th

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this quarterly informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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Kick Off the New Year with Mayor Mark’s Zumba Class

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Registration is open for Zumba with the Mayor, an up-beat and interactive multi-generational exercise dance class. This free class is open to all levels of experience and abilities – it’s about moving and having fun. Join Mayor Mark Johnson and burn off those extra holiday calories!

The City of Covington Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles teams up with Oschner and St. Tammany Health Systems to bring together five local instructors from the YMCA, Star Fitness, Bogue Falaya Fitness, Mandeville Sports Complex, Pelican Athletic Club and Francos. Five instructors, 90 minutes of cardio, core, and fun!

This event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID, attendance is limited. Click here to register for this event.

Learn more about the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook page here.

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Sign Up for Zumba with the Mayor December 27th

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Registration is open for Zumba with the Mayor, an up-beat and interactive multi-generational exercise dance class. This free class is open to all levels of experience and abilities – it’s about moving and having fun. Join Mayor Mark Johnson and burn off those extra holiday calories!

The City of Covington Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles teams up with Oschner and St. Tammany Health Systems to bring together five local instructors from the YMCA, Star Fitness, Bogue Falaya Fitness, Mandeville Sports Complex, Pelican Athletic Club and Francos. Five instructors, 90 minutes of cardio, core, and fun!

This event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID, attendance is limited. Click here to register for this event.

Learn more about the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook page here.

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Register for Coffee with Mayor Mark Tuesday December 8th

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall Tuesday, December 8th, 2020, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this tradition of informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 – Several Meetings for Public Input

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The Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 is back after taking a meeting hiatus due to COVID. The workshop last Saturday was the first in several public meetings to collect input.

From CovingtonPlan2030.com:

About the Plan

The Comprehensive Plan Update project will include an assessment and revision to the City’s existing 2007 Comprehensive Plan. It will ensure consistency with the City’s evolving vision and assist the City in developing a more resilient place – one in which environmental, social, and economic resilience are inextricably connected and interdependent. The City established a Steering Committee that will assist the planning team and guide the project progress.

Event Schedule

COVID-19 Statement: The novel COVID-19 pandemic caused an unexpected impact on the comprehensive plan update project. For the safety of all residents, meetings were postponed following the outbreak in early 2020. Meetings resumed on 10/14 under Phase III reopening procedures. Meeting registration is not required, but venue attendance will be limited to 45 persons at the City Council Chambers and 75 persons at the Bogue Falaya Hall. All meetings will be recorded and posted to this website. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, November 16, 2020
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers

Meeting purpose:

  • Formal introduction to the planning team and review of the project status to date

Steering Committee and Public Meeting (Two Opportunities)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
5:00 PM 6:15 PM
City Council Chambers

Meeting Note:

  • The meeting will be held at 5:00 pm and again at 6:30.

Meeting Purpose:

  • Outcomes from the City Council and Planning Commission meetings
  • Draft document distribution

City Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
6:00 PM 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers

Meeting purpose:

  • Project status update during the regular Council meeting

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, January 11, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)

Meeting purpose:

  • Comprehensive planning workshop

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers

Meeting purpose:

  • Public hearing/plan adoption

Plan 2030 Vision

Photo of Lee Lane in downtown Covington from www.covingtonplan2030.com

In 2030 Covington remains a charming city with a proud history. Those who live in Covington stay for the sense of community and accessibility to regional amenities. Covington is a healthy environment with beloved parks, waterways, and walkable and bikeable routes for commuting and recreational use. It is resilient to hazards and preserves its historic integrity. The familiar arts and music events remain highly anticipated. The city provides opportunities for small businesses and regional services to grow, allowing investment to remain at home and redevelopment to flourish. Housing is available for residents of all abilities and in all stages of life. Infrastructure is ample to match the growing population and the city’s expansion. Covington residents, landowners, and business owners continue to work together to realize and evolve the values and goals of the comprehensive plan to continue the city’s legacy. 

Plan Structure

The planning process includes evaluating current and related plans; guiding the City in updating its vision, goals, and policies; and recommending improvements to key public investments, community facilities, and capital projects.

The comprehensive plan will cover the following elements:

  • Land Use
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Community Character and Urban Design
  • Historical Preservation
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Quality, Sustainability, and Hazard Mitigation
  • Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
  • Placemaking, Art, and Culture
  • Healthy Communities
  • Key Public Investments, Community Facilities, and Capital Improvements

Learn more at www.covingtonplan2030.com

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New Covington Concert Band – First Meeting November 2nd

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The City of Covington is partnering with local musicians to form the Covington Concert Band, a new concept to create another outlet for local talent to perform in Covington. Community musicians are invited to attend an informational meeting on November 2nd at Bogue Falaya Hall at 7 pm.

Meredith Berry Jr. approached Mayor Mark Johnson and City Councilmen Larry Rolling and Rick Smith with the idea of a Covington Concert band with local musician’s performing 5 to 8 times a year at Covington venues. They will hold auditions and practices will be held on Thursdays at 6:30pm at the Bogue Falaya Hall.

Erik Morales from Mandeville has been chosen to conduct the band. Morales has extensive experience in composing bestselling music for many types of genres including classical, jazz and chamber ensembles, and has participated in featured performances across the globe.

Mayor Mark Johnson said, “We invite everyone from the Northshore to attend the informational meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020 at the Bogue Falaya Hall at 7:00pm.” Bogue Falaya Hall is located at 317 N. Jefferson Ave.

For more information, email covingtonconcertband@covla.com

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A Morning with Mayor Mark – Coffee & Conversation Sept 18

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall this Friday, September 18th, 2020, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this tradition of informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited to 50 people – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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Zumba with the Mayor Encourages Healthy Lifestyles

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The Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles teams up with Oschner and St. Tammany Health Systems to present 1 1/2 hours of cardio, core and fun!

“If you’re moving, you’re doing it right” is the mantra for this multi-generational exercise dance class. All shapes, all sizes, all ages and all abilities are welcome to discover the fun we have at the YMCA, Star Fitness, Bogue Falaya Fitness, Mandeville Sports Complex, Pelican Athletic Club and Francos. Five different instructors — 1 1/2 hours of fun.

Join Covington Mayor Mark Johnson for this free event at Bogue Falaya Hall on Sunday, September 20th from 11 am – 12:30 pm. The Bogue Falaya Hall is located in the City Hall complex at 128 West 23rd Avenue Covington, LA 70433. Event is limited to 50 people. Click here to register.

Learn more about the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook page here.

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Save the Date: Coffee & Conversation with Mayor Mark

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall next Friday, September 18th, 2020, from 9 am – 10 am.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited to 50 people – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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City Council to Discuss Increase Millage, Police Pay, St. Peter’s Gate at July 7th Meeting

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The Covington City Council will have 2 meetings in July to discuss and vote on an increase in millage rates. Meeting dates are July 7th and 21st, 2020.

The July 7th meeting will also include discussion and vote on the St. Peter’s gate proposal and the introduction of an ordinance to increase police & fire department pay for additional education and training. View full meeting agenda here.

Due to an expected increased capacity, and in an effort to comply with social distancing, the July 7th meeting will be held at the Bogue Falaya Hall behind City Hall in the Greater Covington Center, 317 North Jefferson Avenue, at 6 pm.

City Council meetings are now also available to live stream on the City’s new YouTube channel here.

The July 21st meeting will be to vote on the millage increase. As of now this meeting is expected to be held at the usual City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland St, at 5:30 pm. Monitor the City of Covington’s website, www.covla.com, for more updates.

To view Councilman Mark Verret’s proposal to increase police and fire department pay for additional education and training, click here.

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Veterans Appreciation Reception Monday, May 27

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In genuine appreciation of the dedication and service of our veterans, the Covington Heritage Foundation and the City of Covington are inviting all veterans and their families to attend a free reception following the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center’s Memorial Day services. On Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Bogue Falaya Hall at the Greater Covington Center (located at 317 N. Jefferson Avenue).  

Veterans and family members will be the honored guests, enjoying refreshments and music.  Free and open to the public.  

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Upcoming September Things In Covington

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The 7th Covington Business Resource Workshop takes place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Bogue Falaya Hall in the Greater Covington Center at the Covington City Hall Building. “The Changing Workplace Social Media – and your Employees Fundamentals from Human Resources to Legal” begins with registration at 8 a.m., workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. To noon.
This workshop will provide local business owners with awareness and understanding of best practices in development of policies in managing employees use of social media in today’s changing workplace. Participants to include: Parish President Pat Brister, City Councilman Larry Rolling, Labor Attorney Michael Bush, LA SBDC at Southeastern, SCORE and Brad Schroeder of the CBA. The business resource workshop is free and open to the public, refreshments donated by the CBA.
Hosted by The Covington City Council Economic Development Committee and the City of Covington.

For additional details, contact Councilman Larry Rolling, District D, Council Economic Development Committee Chairman at rollingdistrictd@aol.com. For additional information or to register for this free workshop, visit lsbdc.org or covla.com. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. Covington City Hall is located at 317 North Jefferson Avenue.

Flood the Love & fill a box of hope to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey!
Heritage Bank of St. Tammany is partnering with Northshore Vineyard Church and Convoy of Hope in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Stop by the Covington Branch, pick up a box (Box of Hope), follow the instructions and return the box. It will then go to the church for proper delivery to the affected areas. For more information, call (985) 892-4565 heritagebank.org

KCB River Clean Up Scheduled Sept. 30

The annual KCB Bogue Falaya River Sweep Litter Clean Up takes place Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. To Noon. Volunteers and Paddlers will meet at Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch for 9 a.m. Personal flotation devices are required for all paddlers. KCB will provide litter grabbers, gloves and trash bags. There will be a picnic at the Bogue Falaya Park Small Pavilion for volunteers and paddlers after the clean-up.

Volunteers and paddlers are asked to bring their own canoe or kayak as there are a limited number of canoes available. Sign up by September 20, 2017 to reserve your space. Event day volunteers are needed at this time. For more information, caall (985) 867-3652 or email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

The 22nd JDC Bar Association sponsors this annual event, benefiting the Youth Service Bureau’s programs of advocacy, counseling, education, and intervention for at-risk youth and families in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.

Event is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7 a.m. Ticket information: 22ndjdcbar.org

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Explore Home Ownership Opportunities

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June is Homeownership Month. Learn more about financial management and explore home ownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

‘Make A House Your Home’ is a free public event taking place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. At Bogue Falaya Hall (317 North Jefferson Avenue). This event is Kid Friendly, featuring Door Prizes and Free Refreshments. Presented by the Northshore Housing Initiative, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana Housing Corporation and the St. Tammany Department of Health and Human Services. Make A House Your Home! For more information, visit the West 30’s Task Force on Facebook.

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Recipe Rumble, Men Who Cook! This Weekend

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coast-thumbnailThe St. Tammany Council On Aging hosts the inaugural Recipe Rumble Friday, November 4, 2016, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, located on Jefferson Street in the City Hall complex.  Proceeds to benefit COAST’s Safe at Home program.  For more information, call Janet Grouchy at 985-635-8062, or find the event on FB for tickets!   coastseniors.org
The fourth annual Men Who Cook! Event takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House.  Call 985-892-3885 or visit cachopehouse.org for tickets.

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Veteran’s Appreciation Reception Monday, May 30, 2016

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The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation announce a Veteran’s Appreciation Reception on Monday, May 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bogue Falaya Hall in the Greater Covington Center, located at 317 North Jefferson Avenue.  In appreciation of their service, Veterans and their families are invited to attend a free reception following the St. Tammany Justice Center’s Memorial Day activities.  The reception will feature refreshments and music.

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RSVP For Covington’s Sixth Business Resource Workshop

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City Councilman Larry Rolling (District D) announces the sixth Covington Business Resource Workshop will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 8:30 – Noon at the Greater Covington Center, Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 North Jefferson Avenue.
“Our sixth workshop explores Social Media and the importance for our Covington and Northshore businesses to keep up with what’s trending as a strategy to grow their business and be successful,” Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, Council Economic Development Committee Chairman.
The workshop theme for 2016 is “Plugged In” – meaning to be informed, connected, involved, aware, in-tune and in touch – all essential to a successful business.  The goal in presenting the  Covington Business Resource Workshop is to provide a “hands on” environment for Covington and neighboring Northshore businesses, assisting them in being “Plugged In”.  Goals for participants include an increase in knowledge and comfortable usage of the valuable available resource and tools the internet can provide to small business.
Topics featured in the workshop include Social Media Trending.  Explore the newest changes in social media sites and how they can help your business.  Learn how to maintain a healthy online reputation by using sites like Yelp, Google and Facebook to generate positive feedback.  52% of consumers report that positive customer reviews make them more likely to do business compared to 28% who prefer factors like location and price.
Take control of your online business presence.  Manage your online reputation and incorporate e-mail marketing to grow your brand.  Search Engine Optimization will be discussed regarding what businesses need to do to their website to remain competitive in the market.  The Covington Business Resource  Workshop is held annually to coincide with the U.S. Small Business Association’s “National Small Business Week”, May 1 – 7.
Attendees are asked to bring their laptops, tablets and/or smart phones.  The workshop is hands-on and interactive. Wifi will be available, and the event is Free and open to the public.  Register in advance at covla.com.  For additional information, contact Larry Rolling at 985-234-9527 or email rollingdistrictd@aol.com.

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History & Holly Historic Home Tour This Sunday

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Covington Heritage Foundation’s fundraiser, “History and Holly” a candlelit tour of 11 historic homes takes place THIS Sunday evening. Live classical music, caroling, and jazz bands throughout the walking tour will delight tour goers as they sip on festive libations.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Braswell’s Drugs, online at covingtonheritagefoundation.com or “day of” at the door. The tour will begin at Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave.

The day before the home tour, a free lecture, “Documenting the Historic Homes of Covington” will be presented by Jack Terry on Saturday, 12/5/15 at 10 a.m. at the Covington Branch St. Tammany Parish Library located at 310 W. 21st Ave. for more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com

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Sixth Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans & Rice Cookoff Monday July 27th

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2015 Red Beans flyer_west_reduced-page-001United Way’s West Annual Red Beans ‘n Rice Cook-Off, presented by LOOP LLC and hosted by St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District #4, St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District #12 and St. Tammany Parish Government, is a winning recipe! Holding two separate cook-offs, one in the West and one in the East, the events jump start our parish’s Campaign Season. For only $8 a person, attendees enjoy all the red beans and rice they can eat and much more! A portion of all proceeds directly benefits St. Tammany Suicide Prevention and Crises Response. www.unitedwaysela.org