LABI, GNO, Inc. Presidents To Headline Jefferson Chamber Legislative Breakfast


KENNER, LA – The Jefferson Chamber will host a breakfast to discuss Louisiana’s economic development and the challenges and opportunities for the business community in the 2016 state legislative session. Peter Ricchiuti, Tulane University business professor and host of NPR’s Out to Lunch, will moderate the discussion featuring Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) president Stephen Waguespack and GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., in Kenner, LA.

Registration and networking begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by breakfast and the program at 8:30 a.m.

As the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturing association, LABI represents more than 2,200 businesses of every size, in every region and sector. As the president of LABI since 2013, Waguespack has worked to enhance the association’s focus on federal issues, research, policy, as well as member engagement through technological advancements.

GNO, Inc., the economic development organization for southeast Louisiana, has a mission that includes business development – attracting and growing businesses – and product development – creating better business conditions. Under Hecht’s leadership, GNO, Inc. was recently named the #2 economic development organization in the United States by Business Facilities magazine.

The Jefferson Chamber is a leading voice for Jefferson Parish’s business community. As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, the Chamber is an advocate for small and large businesses at the local, state and federal levels. The Chamber’s mission is to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Chamber is Four-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the 2015 Chamber of the Year Award by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in the Large Chamber Category.