New Orleans Pelicans partner with GNO Inc. to boost awareness of coastal restoration

Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the New Orleans Pelicans announced a partnership Wednesday (April 9) to promote economic growth in New Orleans and educate the public about the importance of coastal restoration to Southeast Louisiana.

“Louisiana’s coast produces 30 percent of the nation’s energy, 30 percent of the nation’s seafood, and is a major commerce hub for the country,” Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO Inc., said in a statement. By partnering with the Pelicans, Hecht added, GNO Inc. expects to raise greater awareness about the economic opportunities inherent in coastal restoration projects.

The Louisiana coastline lost an average of 24 square miles each year between 1990 and 2000. And while passage of the Restore Act has ensured funding for some projects to help stabilize the coast and protect against future loss, both the Pelicans and GNO Inc said that raising awareness of coastal erosion is critical.

Pelicans owner and vice chairman of the board Rita Benson LeBlanc said in a statement that the Pelicans can “provide a critical platform” to meet the challenges of educating the public about Southeast Louisiana’s coastal needs.

“We all share in the responsibilities associated with properly managing (natural resources) in an effort to better sustain and develop our state,” LeBlanc said.

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