Awards & Rankings

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New Orleans is the most economical mid-sized city for businesses in the United States

The KPMG international accounting firm has issued a report ranking New Orleans as the most cost-friendly city for businesses among 13 United States metropolitan areas with populations between one million and two million people. The report cited low costs for […]

April 10, 2014 | Read Story »

Forbes Ranks New Orleans #1 as America’s New Brainpower City

Brainpower rankings usually identify the usual suspects: college towns like Boston, Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay area. And to be sure, these places generally have the highest per capita education levels. However, it’s worthwhile to look at the […]

April 3, 2014 | Read Story »

New Orleans Top 20 in Global “Good City Index”

To start the year, Good magazine has named New Orleans one of its Top 20 “Cities of Possibility” in the World, in its new “Good City Index.”  To create this list of global “cities they are betting on,” the magazine looked […]

January 6, 2014 | Read Story »

Forbes: Where Working-Age Americans Are Moving – New Orleans #1

Barrels of ink and money have been devoted to predictions of where Americans will migrate, particularly younger ones. If you listen to big developer front groups such as the Urban Land Institute or pundits like Richard Florida, you would believe that smart companies […]

December 19, 2013 | Read Story »

Greater New Orleans Ranks #1 for the Decade

Greater New Orleans has had more major business development wins than anywhere else in the South over the past decade.  In the latest issue of Southern Business & Development, editor Mike Randle writes that “New Orleans has undoubtedly diversified its […]

November 24, 2013 | Read Story »

National Geographic Ranks New Orleans as one of the Best Trips in 2014

The Imperishable City New Orleans, like Rome or hope, is eternal. Visit Louisiana’s filigreed, fleur-de-lis city twice or 20 times, and the scent will be as unchanging as the air is unmoving: a humid mix of confederate jasmine and fried shrimp, diesel […]

November 20, 2013 | Read Story »

Louisiana Ranks #6 among Top U.S. Business Climates

No longer a bridesmaid, Georgia claims the limelight in 2013 as the state with the best business climate, according to Site Selection’s annual ranking of states’ attractiveness to corporate facility investors. The Peach State placed fourth in last year’s ranking, […]

November 4, 2013 | Read Story »

Greater New Orleans ranks #6 among the Cities Creating The Most Middle-Class Jobs

Perhaps nothing is as critical to America’s future as the trajectory of the middle class and improving the prospects for upward mobility. With middle-class incomes stagnant or falling, we need to find a way to generate jobs for Americans who, […]

October 24, 2013 | Read Story »