2016 Super Region Canvas Workshop

Panama: A Tale of Two Coasts

About the Super-Region Canvas Workshop



This September, stakeholders of Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and the Bayou Region will embark upon the next Super-Region Canvas Workshop to the country of Panama. Our mission, led by Co-Chairs Mark Spansel of Adams and Reese and Saul Newsome of Breazeale, Sasche & Wilson, is to explore best practices across a variety of economic development topics, and study the relationship of the cosmopolitan south [Panama City] with the industrial north [Colon], connected of course, by the Panama Canal. We are thrilled to offer this new experience that expands the Canvas Workshop platform, with an international theme.

The 2016 Super-Region Canvas Workshop may include the following focus areas, and more:

Trade and Intermodal Transportation

  • The Panama Canal: $5 billion expansion project that is reshaping world trade
  • City of Colon & the Free Zone: 2nd largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal
  • Panama Canal Railway: Linking the most attractive tourism corridors between Colon on the Atlantic Coast and Panama on the Pacific
  • Tocumen International Airport: The hub of air traffic in Central America with ambitious expansion plans to become Central America’s first airport city

Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Higher Education: Panama possesses some of the most cultured higher education institutions available
  • City of Knowledge: Panama’s hub of innovation collaboration across sectors such as digital, healthcare & biosciences, sustainability, and more

Redevelopment, Beautification and Community Improvement

  • Casco Viejo: Investment and redevelopment in the historic quarter of Panama City
  • Panama Pacifico: The largest mixed use redevelopment project in the world

Synergies Between Louisiana and Panama

  • Panama Jazz Festival
  • Numerous corporate entities across various industry sectors
  • Thousands of individuals with deep-rooted ties to Louisiana

Exclusive Networking

  • Private presentations, discussions and networking with our Panamanian hosts
  • 80-100 business and civic leaders from southeast Louisiana
  • Visits to Panama’s unique cultural institutions and establishments

The dates for the Super-Region Canvas Workshop are September 20–23, 2016 [Tuesday to Friday]; the cost of the trip is $2,300 per guest. 

Sponsor the Super-Region Canvas Workshop here.
Health information for travelers to Panama. [Insect repellent with DEET will be provided to all Canvas participants.]
Questions: Rachel Shields, rshields@gnoinc.org, 504-527-6939.

About Panama
Recently named #1 City to Visit in the World by The New York Times, Panama is a diverse international metropolis, characterized with vibrancy, economic growth, and opportunities for partnerships with the businesses and communities of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. During the workshop we will experience first-hand:

  • Panama’s Business Economy: Panama City is the business center of the America’s and a regional center of new and emerging economies – with strong historical ties to the Super Region
  • Panama’s Culture: Panama has a deeply rooted love for jazz music, possesses beautiful historic architecture, and boasts unique ethnic dining
  • Panama’s Geography: Panama is uniquely positioned as the “fulcrum” between North and South America, with the Pacific on the South, mountains in the interior, and the gorgeous Caribbean just 50 miles to the north
  • Panama’s People: Panama offers significant cultural diversity, with many citizens holding deep ties to Louisiana [including countless college graduates educated in south Louisiana]
  • Panama’s Affordability: Panama is the 5th least expensive capital in the world, and also one of the least expensive cities for tourism around the globe

To learn more about the Southeast Super-Region Committee, click here.

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