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LA Drupal Users Group Volunteers to Build Site

by Jeff Diecks
July 6, 2011

Mediacurrent is helping the Louisiana Drupal Users Group organize a Site Building Volunteer Day event this Saturday. We've got room for more volunteers, please reach out if you would be willing to join in. Volunteers with Drupal experience from remote locations are welcome.

RIO and Louisiana Drupal Users Group to Create Innovation Community Website

Louisiana's new Regional Innovation Organization (RIO) will team up with volunteers from the Louisiana Drupal Users Group (LaDUG) on Saturday, July 9, to build a new web site to help create a stronger, more vibrant entrepreneurial community in South Louisiana.

The event will be held at Pleasant Hall on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, with facilities and assistance being provided by LSU Continuing Education.

The planned web site aims to serve as the hub for entrepreneurs and groups in the region to announce events and collaborate on new ideas. The site will be built in a single day using the powerful and popular web content management system, Drupal.

With a core team of Drupal site builders already signed up for the event, LaDUG and RIO are looking for additional volunteers who would like to join them to help build the site. No previous Drupal or computer programming experience is required.

For more information on the event, please contact Jeff Diecks, LaDUG coordinator, at 678-580-1690 x213, or visit LaDUG's site at

About Regional Innovation Organization (RIO)
RIO was launched in February of 2011 to serve as a best-in-class entrepreneurial acceleration engine to significantly advance the innovation assets and capabilities within the Capital Region with the goal of cultivating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. RIO's launch was the culmination of a regional public/private effort by elected officials, the business sector, the region's three Research Parks (incubators), State Universities, and the region's economic development groups, lead by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and other significant innovation entities such as the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. RIO's primary funding comes from the Research Park Corporation - the parent company of The Louisiana Technology Park.

About LaDUG
The Louisiana Drupal Users Group supports and promotes the use of Drupal in the state with meetings alternating between Baton Rouge and New Orleans on the first Thursday of each month. Drupal is a free software package that allows anyone to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Drupal is used by some of the biggest sites on the Web, like The Economist, and The White House. In Louisiana, Drupal powers sites for prominent state agencies, universities, real estate companies and restaurants.

About LSU Continuing Education
LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit for more information, or follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter and Facebook.

Meet team member, Jeff Diecks

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff draws on his extensive project management, business analysis, and site building experience to lead professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent. An active member of the Drupal community, Jeff organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.

Jeff joined Mediacurrent in 2010 after 11 years with Turner Broadcasting Systems in Atlanta, GA. In his previous position as Director of Operations at Turner Sports New Media, his team managed technical operations for NASCAR.COM and initiated Turner’s adoption of Drupal. Jeff’s other roles at Turner included Director of Editorial Operations, Project Manager and Producer at CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive. Prior to joining Turner, he served as Website Manager for Major League Soccer in New York, and was responsible for the league site's design, maintenance and content publishing.

Jeff lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and daughter. On nice-weather days he can be found working from a table in his backyard with his yellow lab, Murray.

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