Vol. 33: The Greatest Generation


A recent Fox News editorial asked: “Will there be another Greatest Generation?”

The piece continued: “I think it’s already here, but don’t look for it in Washington or Harvard or among the Occupy Somethings. Look for it in New Orleans, where tiny high tech start-ups are turning that city’s fortunes around after Katrina…”

What is notable here is not only the new praise, but also the new brand: our community as a place of resilience, of innovation, and of business. This is a critical post-Katrina phenomenon – the positive rebranding of Greater New Orleans, and indeed all of Louisiana.

Chief Executive magazine recently called Louisiana “the Cinderella of business improvement,” with the fastest rise in the country in their annual CEO opinion poll. Non-partisan FFIS just named our state Top 10 in the USA for “Economic Momentum.” And KPMG declared our tax climate #2 in the country to start a business.

We have a long way to go. The perception gap is still wide. But when Greater New Orleans is compared to the Greatest Generation, we are making exciting progress.
Michael Hecht
President and CEO
Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Economic Development News

Louisiana ranks high on Index of State Economic Momentum
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The Best Cities for Jobs 2012
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Best/Worst States for Business 2012
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As Filmmaking Surges, New Orleans Becoming Serious Challenger To L.A.
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New Orleans Makes a Comeback
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Gulf permitting rates nearing pre-spill levels
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Thankful that the New Orleans Hornets are on the way up: A letter to the editor
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Local fishermen now certified marine personnel
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GNO Inc. receives honorable mention for economic development work
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Business Facilities Names Achievement Award Winners
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A New Orleans for the Future
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The Big Easy’s Leap Forward
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Spreading the Word that New Orleans is Open for Business
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Post Katrina, New Orleans Rises Up With A Sustainable, Entrepreneurial Culture
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Around the Region
Announcements and Events

May 17, 2012
STARC Art’s Evening & Business After Hours
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May 17, 2012
Business Card Exchange
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May 22, 2012
Career Chat
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May 23, 2012
504ward: Restaurant Night
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May 23, 2012
EYP Quarterly Luncheon
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May 23, 2012
NPN Spring Membership Meeting
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June 19, 2012
Tech Smart
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July 23-28, 2012
iOS App Workshop for Professionals
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