Local Technology Companies Join Forces to Sponsor Main Stage at 2014 French Quarter Fest

NEW ORLEANS (02/05/2014)Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc., GE Capital Technology Center, and the New Orleans Business Alliance are proud to announce that a group of local technology companies have joined forces to build local awareness of the rapid momentum of and employment opportunities in the technology community. The coalition will kick off this effort by sponsoring new ‘Big River Stage’ at this year’s New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Participating companies include 365 Connect, Carrollton Technology Partners, CotingaSoft, Fat Happy Media, Federated Sample, GE Capital Technology Center, LaunchPad, NOVO Communications, Search Influence, Touch Studios, and TurboSquid.

“Greater New Orleans, Inc. is proud to organize this coalition of local technology companies, which was formed to support the growth and stability of the technology sector in our region,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “The coalition’s sponsorship of the main stage at French Quarter Fest will raise local awareness and appreciation of the growth of our region’s technology sector.”

“This coalition demonstrates the emerging strength of the creative technology sector locally, and the vitality of New Orleans as a growth market,” said Rodrick Miller, President and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “This coalition is committed to supporting the New Orleans community and its economic revitalization, and the New Orleans Business Alliance looks forward to working with them to achieve continued prosperity.”

The technology sector in Greater New Orleans has boomed in recent years and was recently named the #3 city in America winning the battle for IT jobs, behind San Francisco and Silicon Valley.   And the sector is poised for continued growth with aggressive digital media incentives, favorable tax climate, workforce availability, unique culture, and competitive business climate.

Local technology companies interested in joining this coalition or sponsorship opportunity should contact Tracy Thomas at Tracy.Thomas@ge.com.