Giving Thanks in New Orleans


As we begin Thanksgiving in Greater New Orleans, it is worthwhile to pause and reflect on all we have to give thanks for.

Before Hurricane Katrina, our region underperformed for decades, losing our best jobs and people to competing cities. In the aftermath of Katrina, our very survival was in doubt. Today, we have one of the top performing economies in the nation.

So, as you sit down to turkey (or turducken) tomorrow, give thanks for the progress we have made, and be sure to let your friends and family know our story of resilience. To help, here are a few of our recent accolades:

  • Greater New Orleans was ranked #1 for the Decade for Major Economic Development Wins in the South [Southern Business & Development]
  • Greater New Orleans was named #1 Most Cost-Friendly for Business in the USA [KPMG]
  • Greater New Orleans is #1 in the USA for Export Growth, over 400% [US Chamber of Commerce]
  • Louisiana has the #2 Business Climate in the USA [Site Selection]
  • Louisiana was named #6 Overall Top State for Business [Area Development]
  • Louisiana is one of the best states to operate a small business, meriting a grade of “A.” {The Economist]
  • Greater New Orleans was ranked #1 Brainpower City in the U.S.A. [Forbes]
  • Greater New Orleans is #1 in the USA for In-Migration of “Workers in their Prime” [Forbes]
  • Greater New Orleans is Top 5 in the USA for increasing share of “Millennial (22-34) Jobs” [CareerBuilder]
  • Louisiana has enjoyed 6 straight years of net in-migration [US Census Bureau]
  • New Orleans is America’s Favorite City, and a Top 10 City in the World [Travel + Leisure]
  • New Orleans is the #1 “Most Inspiring” City in the USA [GOOD magazine]

Finally, here is a link to an article that came out today on “economic innovation in the ‘new’ Greater New Orleans.”

Thank you!
Michael Hecht
President and CEO
Greater New Orleans, Inc.