Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Latter & Blum Donates $100,000 to UNO

Money Will Support New Coastal Certificates and Scholarships

Robert Merrick, CEO of Latter and Blum, Inc. and UNO President Peter J. Fos celebrate a $100K donation to the University from the realty company.Robert Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc. and University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos celebrate a $100,000 gift from the real estate company, aimed at funding scholarships and supporting graduate certificate programs in coastal sciences and coastal engineering.

New Orleans-based real estate company Latter & Blum, Inc. has donated $100,000 to the University of New Orleans. Half of the gift will be used to support the University's newly created graduate certificate programs in coastal sciences and coastal engineering; the other half will go to scholarships.

"Coastal restoration is the most important issue facing South Louisiana," said Robert Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc. "The University of New Orleans is making it a priority to educate the workforce in order to address the challenges of our rapidly eroding coastline before we reach a point of irreversibility."

Last week, UNO and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Sciences. The establishment of these certificates will fill a growing market demand by focusing on coastal environments like those found in the Gulf Coast. Both certificate courses will be offered online beginning in the spring 2015 semester.

"We are very appreciative of this gift from Bob Merrick and Latter & Blum, Inc., which has deep roots in New Orleans that date back nearly a century," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "Latter & Blum understands that in order for Southeast Louisiana to flourish far into the future, we must preserve our coastline today."

"UNO serves Southeast Louisiana so well by educating our young adults, many of whom stay and work in our community long after their academic career has ended," said Rick Haase, president of Latter & Blum, Inc. "Bob Merrick and Latter & Blum have a long history of supporting the University and we are pleased to get behind this program."

Merrick's support for the University of New Orleans has taken many forms over the years. He's served as a member of the UNO Foundation Board of Directors, endowed the Merrick Chair in Real Estate and contributed significantly to the creation of the Max Derbes III Professorship in Real Estate.

Latter & Blum, Inc. has served as the title sponsor for the annual UNO/Latter & Blum Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar and, most recently, Merrick provided a $25,000 donation to have Latter & Blum named Executive Partner of UNO's Institute of Economic Development and Real Estate Research.

Founded in 1916 in New Orleans, Latter & Blum, Inc. operates the largest full-service real estate brokerage in the Gulf South. 


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