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1000 area leaders meet today to map region’s economic future

Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development organization for the 10-parish region, will host its annual meeting today. Leaders will be discussing how to keep up the growth momentum once the Katrina rebuilding funds wind down over the next three years. Add to that the fact that the rest of the country is recovering from the Great Recession and will present more formidable competition to the New Orleans metro, and it’s clear the economic sands are shifting under the Crescent City.

03/14/2013 | Read Story »

Economic development seeing success in Crescent City

More than 1,000 people listened to why the Crescent City is seeing economic development success Thursday at an event business leaders called an economic state of the union for New Orleans.

03/14/2013 | Read Story »

New Orleans area makes dramatic progress but needs to build on success: Michael Hecht

The progress of greater New Orleans over the past five years has been rapid and dramatic; the publisher of Forbes called it “one of the great turnarounds in American history.” And, indeed, there is a preponderance of evidence that the metro area has not only come back from Katrina, but has come back better than ever.

03/13/2013 | Read Story »

Katrina comeback offers strategies for Staten Island businesses

New York and New Orleans have decidedly different economies — but small businesses walloped by Hurricane Sandy might be able to find lessons in what worked, and what didn’t, for their southern counterparts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

03/10/2013 | Read Story »

South Louisiana Methanol Announces $1.3 Billion Investment

Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Louisiana Methanol CEO Barry Williamson and Todd Corp. Group CEO Jon Young announced that South Louisiana Methanol LP will invest $1.3 billion in a new methanol production facility on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. Located across the river from the Nucor Corp. project in Convent, La., the South Louisiana Methanol, or SLM, project will create 63 new direct jobs; LED also estimates the project will result in 374 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 430 new jobs for the area.

03/01/2013 | Read Story »

Governor Jindal, South Louisiana Methanol announce $1.3 billion investment in St. James Parish

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal, South Louisiana Methanol (SLM) CEO Barry Williamson and Todd Corp. Group CEO Jon Young announced that South Louisiana Methanol LP will invest $1.3 billion in a new methanol production facility on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. Located across the river from the Nucor Corp. project in Convent, the project will create 63 new direct jobs paying an average salary of $66,500 a year, plus benefits.

02/28/2013 | Read Story »

Rebuilding on Their Own

“Cities change from the bottom up, block by block,” said Roberta Gratz, as we drove down Magazine Street, on our way to the Lower Ninth Ward here.

02/25/2013 | Read Story »

$81 million in projects planned for Delgado Community College

An $81 million package of five construction projects, including two new campuses, is planned for Delgado Community College, officials have announced. With more than 18,000 students at nine locations, Delgado has the highest enrollment of any local institution of higher education.

02/22/2013 | Read Story »