A long-awaited expansion of Slidell's Harbor Center meeting space is finally moving forward.

At its June meeting, the Harbor Center Board of Commissioners awarded a self-funded contract to Voelkel McWilliams Construction LLC, a $3,555,000 award that includes the meeting room base bid and alternates for cove lighting, restroom fixtures and an enhanced second entrance canopy.

The meeting room expansion will feature 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and prefunction space.

Meeting rooms will range in size from 1,360 to 2,210 square feet. Movable walls will provide maximum flexibility of the space by allowing rooms to be combined to create multiple space sizes up to 6,580 square feet. This new space will serve as the setting for meetings, trainings, social events and much more.

Additional space will also enable the heavily booked Harbor Center to host simultaneous events, increase availability and allow events to grow. The second entrance will provide convenience and separation when simultaneous events take place.

“This is an exciting and long-awaited expansion and we look forward to its projected completion in early fall 2024. As we begin the expansion, we will continue

to further maximize the Harbor Center’s potential for our community by actively seeking a public-private partnership with an on-site hotel partner.” said General Manager Kathy Lowrey.

Carlson named interim head at NTCC

Jim Carlson has been appointed Interim Chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System board of supervisors. His appointment follows William Wainwright’s move to Southeastern Louisiana University as its 15th president. Carlson first joined the LCTCS in 2005 and has served as vice chancellor of strategic initiatives and external affairs of NTCC since 2018. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Speech communication and rhetoric and his doctoral degree from Northeastern University in higher education administration.

Legislative luncheon set June 21

The St. Tammany Chamber will hold its annual Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 21 in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd St. Hear the north shore’s elected representatives discuss decisions made during the Louisiana legislative session that affect businesses.

The cost is $45 for chamber members; $55 for future members; and $510 or a reserved table of eight. Registration is required at StTammanyChamber.org.