A Desired Destination for Skilled Professionals
New Orleans is attracting high-quality talent to the market and placing them into jobs with reputable companies in the region
A recent rise in business activity in Greater New Orleans, especially in the technology sector, has made the region one of the most sought-after locations for relocation. This workforce includes experienced professionals and veteran entrepreneurs, including New Orleans natives who left in the 1980s and 1990s to build careers elsewhere and have returned to their hometown.
Statistically, New Orleans is experiencing a boom. Successful people are choosing to come to New Orleans as a practical decision, based on the conviction that New Orleans has become a center of opportunity. The attractiveness comes from two main factors: this is a place where business thrives, and it is a city where people want to be.
A quick glance at U.S. Census numbers show that the Greater New Orleans area is experiencing a huge level of in-migration. The immediate assumption would be that natives are returning home. Upon closer inspection, the numbers tell a broader story. In reality, these new residents are coming from across the entire nation: the Midwest, East Coast, West Coast, and other cities across the South.
A System to Train Tomorrow’s Workers
Colleges and universities in Greater New Orleans are adapting to the needs of local industry and creating programs that train workers based on business demand.
There are 13 colleges and universities located in Greater New Orleans, a blend of public and private schools that provide certifications and degrees in a wide range of specialties.
Higher education has long been a strong asset for the region, but in recent years these institutions have brought significant impact for the local business climate. As the economy has diversified, these schools have responded to the changing ecosystem with new programs that ensure students enter the workforce with skills that match the needs of employers.
GNO, Inc. has played a role in helping the higher education system adapt, through focused workforce development initiatives such as GNOu. Additionally, our team has developed the Greater New Orleans Career Guide to help high school students and parents find the right training resources for careers that match their skills and interests.
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