business

Out To Lunch
12:32 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Startup Superstars On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Gary Solomon and Kenneth Purcell.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcell’s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.’s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.

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Economic Development
9:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

What Will Happen To The World Trade Center? City Meeting Tuesday

New Orleans World Trade Center stands 33 stories high
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A city committee meets at 3 p.m. today to evaluate proposals for one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in New Orleans. Three developers are vying for the World Trade Center site. Two would renovate the blocky 1960s office tower, and a third would demolish it in favor of a giant funnel-shaped sculpture, or some other tourist attraction.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Films And Festivals On Out To Lunch

A.J. Niland, Peter Ricchiuti and Andre Champagne.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

The party never ends in New Orleans! Films and festivals roll on through the summer.

Andre Champagne's massive fleet of Hollywood Trucks keeps the Hollywood South industry rolling, and A.J.Niland's New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment stages some of the nation's biggest and brightest music festivals.

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Red River Radio
7:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Paper Bag Manufacturer Celebrates Shreveport Plant Opening

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:24 am

Paper bag maker Ronpak marked the opening of its new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters at a ceremony yesterday at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Over the past two years, the privately held company moved its headquarters from New Jersey and built a $16.8 million manufacturing facility at the Port in order to be near a Dallas customer. It makes carry-out bags and food wrappings for the fast food industry.

CEO Ronald Sedley said he currently has 109 employees in Shreveport, and he plans to more than double his workforce over the next several years.

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Out To Lunch
1:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Beyond The Boom Town On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Dana Eness and Blair duQuesnay.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

We can't keep saying that we're in a boom forever. After it’s over — where to, New Orleans? Dana Eness from The Urban Conservancy and Blair duQuesnay from Ignite Investments and Planning look toward the dawn of the day after the boom. Will we have long-term change or a nostalgic golden era to look back on?  

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Out To Lunch — Fruit & Veggies

Kevin Morgan Rothschild, Peter Ricchiuti and Megan Nuismer.

Peter goes urban farming, New Orleans style, with Kevin Morgan Rothschild, co-founder of VertiFarms, and Megan Nuismer, founder of The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project.

They're changing the way we grow vegetables in a swampy urban food desert and harvest fruit in an abundant garden of Eden.

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Economic Development
7:26 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Five-Year 'Prosperity NOLA' Plan Aims To Include All City Residents

Transportation, trade and logistics are a focus of the plan, including further development of the Port of New Orleans.
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This week the city unveiled a public-private venture to grow the local economy, called Prosperity NOLA. Rod Miller is CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, and Aimee Quirk is Economic Development Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Both sat down with WWNO’s Eve Troeh to talk about the goal: to make New Orleans a more attractive place for specific types of business, in the next five years.

Aimee Quirk described how the plan developed, with more than 200 business, government, nonprofit and higher education leaders.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Start Your Engines On Out To Lunch

Max Materne, Wes Ratcliff and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Did you know New Orleans now has a brand new, world-class car and motorcycle race track?

Wes Ratcliff, NOLA Motorsports Park Director of Business Development & Technology, along with Max Materne, GM of The Transportation Revolution New Orleans, are Peter’s guests on this week’s Out to Lunch.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Out To Lunch With Kind-Hearted Capitalists

Andrea Chen, Peter Ricchuiti and Reid Stone.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchuiti explores the new business paradigm of cooperation vs. competition on this week's Out to Lunch with Andrea Chen and Reid Stone.

Andrea’s socially conscious business incubator Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation takes an entrepreneur with a good idea and turns it into good for the community. Reid’s marketing company Hero Farm takes those socially conscious businesses out into the world.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Rollin' On The River: The Mississippi Remains The Heart Of The New Orleans Economy

Doug Downing, Gary LaGrange and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Even with New Orleans' roaring tourist biz, oil and gas industry, and the new business renaissance, the Mississippi River remains the heart of the city's economy. President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans Gary LaGrange and CFO and Treasurer of Canal Barge Doug Downing take us behind the floodwall and onto the water.

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