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The Best Cities for Tech Jobs

To determine which metropolitan areas are adding the most tech-related jobs, my colleague Mark Schill at Praxis Strategy Group developed a ranking system for Forbes that measures employment growth in the sectors most identified with the high-tech economy (including software, data processing and Internet publishing), as well as growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) jobs across all sectors.

05/17/2012 | Read Story »

B.R., N.O. and Northshore set aside rivalries to flex combined political, economic muscle

Three years into an organized effort to give southeastern Louisiana a more powerful voice in its economic future, leaders of the fledgling initiative say it has found its wings.

05/14/2012 | Read Story »

5 friendliest states for small business

Small businesses ranked Idaho as the friendliest state to set up shop, according to a survey released Tuesday.

05/08/2012 | Read Story »

Louisiana ranks high on Index of State Economic Momentum

Louisiana placed ninth among the 50 states on an Index of State Economic Momentum, which ranks states on their most recent performance on three key measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth and population growth.

05/04/2012 | Read Story »

Louisiana reaches highest rank ever in CEO Survey

Although often eclipsed by Texas, its next door neighbor, Louisiana, is the Cinderella of business improvement.

05/02/2012 | Read Story »

The Best Cities for Jobs 2012

Another energy capital, Oklahoma City, ranks 10th, while resurgent New Orleans-Metairie places 13th among the largest metro areas.

05/01/2012 | Read Story »

Gulf permitting rates nearing pre-spill levels

In recent months, permitting in the Gulf of Mexico has become closer to normal, approaching levels prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a report from Greater New Orleans Inc.

04/21/2012 | Read Story »

As Filmmaking Surges, New Orleans Becoming Serious Challenger To L.A.

For generations New Orleans‘ appeal to artists, musicians and writers did little to dispel the city’s image as a poor, albeit fun-loving, bohemian tourism haven. As was made all too evident by Katrina, the city was plagued by enormous class and racial divisions, corruption and some of the lowest average wages in the country.

04/20/2012 | Read Story »