New Orleans, LA – LATTER & BLUM Inc. announced the company has donated $100,000 to The University of New Orleans (UNO) for coastal restoration education and scholarship programs. Half of the donation directly supports two new graduate certificate programs in coastal engineering and coastal sciences. The other half will fund student scholarships.
UNO’s graduate certificate programs support Louisiana’s 50-year Coastal Master Plan and address the need for coastal engineers and science professionals.
“Restoration of our wetlands is a vital concern for our state and crucial to our economy,” stated LATTER & BLUM Inc. Chairman & CEO, Bob Merrick. “Our support is a step forward in educating and retaining talented professionals with the skills necessary to restore our coast and to educate the wider community about the impact of coastal erosion,” explained Merrick.
“One of our guiding principles is to build stronger communities in the markets we serve, and today we continue to fulfill that goal by supporting coastal restoration and education,” stated LATTER & BLUM President, Rick Haase. “In the U.S., 80 percent of all coastal wetland loss occurs along Louisiana’s coastline and puts us at greater risk from hurricanes and threatens critical energy infrastructure and our seafood industry. This donation helps protect the communities we serve,” added Haase.
LATTER & BLUM Inc., established in 1916, is the largest full-service real estate brokerage in the Gulf South and operates LATTER & BLUM Inc./REALTORS®, C.J. Brown REALTORS Inc., Van Eaton & Romero REALTORS, Noles Frye Realty (all four owned by Latter & Blum Inc.), while Latter & Blum Classic Homes & Properties, Latter & Blum Shaw Properties and Latter & Blum Hometown, operate under franchise agreements. All are networked nationally and globally as ERA Powered Companies. Additionally, LATTER & BLUM Inc. operates NAI Latter & Blum Commercial Real Estate, Latter & Blum Property Management, Latter & Blum Insurance Services, Platinum Title and Essential Mortgage Corporation.