Central Florida Chosen as 2013 Canvas Location

GNO, Inc. to partner with BRAC for inaugural super-region trip

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced today that the Central Florida Super Region, including Metro Orlando and the Tampa Area, has been selected as the destination for the 2013 Super Region Canvas: A Benchmarking Workshop. This will be an unprecedented joint trip with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. A delegation of business and community leaders from the Southeast Louisiana Super Region (SRC) will spend three days and two nights in Central Florida learning from an area that has made significant progress in addressing critical topics such as super-regionalism, digital media, health care, crime, and international trade. The trip will be held on November 3-5, 2013.

“Benchmarking trips to high-performing regions have been a valuable source of information for the Greater New Orleans business community as we have not only recovered from Katrina, but sought to perform at new levels of excellence,” said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of GNO, Inc. “GNO, Inc. is excited about the opportunity to now partner with BRAC on the 2013 trip to Tampa/Orlando, making this Canvas Workshop an unprecedented super-regional effort. This reflects not only the new partnership between greater New Orleans and the Baton Rouge area, but also the fact that we compete best, economically, as a cohesive economic unit.”

“BRAC has been hearing from top CEOs and business leaders that they are excited for this unique opportunity to build relationships with other business leaders across the Super Region. This trip will represent a new day for alignment and cooperation between our two regions,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC’s president and CEO. “Central Florida has a lot for us to learn from, particularly in how our two regions can collaborate to further economic development in Southeast Louisiana.”

This year’s workshop is being co-chaired by Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas, president and CEO of Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), representing the Baton Rouge area, and Marty Mayer, president and CEO, Stirling Properties, representing the New Orleans area.

Further details about the trip will can be found at SRCcanvas.com. Registration for the 2013 trip will officially open in June. Those wishing to receive more information can sign up for further information on the website or contact Nancy Little at nancy@brac.org.