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.
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.
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.
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?
View from the top of the newly expanded bridge. The gray steel is the expansion.
The newly expanded Huey P. Long Bridge maintains its two train lines down the middle of the span, and has expanded lanes for cars and trucks, widened to 11 feet. This Sunday pedestrians will get a unique chance to walk across the bridge.
The bridge can now accomodate modern, bigger vehicles.
A worker paints the underside of the bridge.
Painting supplies get organized for the final touches.
This Sunday is a big day in the history of a Louisiana landmark. The Huey P. Long Bridge is scheduled to re-open, with three wider lanes of car traffic on each side, and two rail lines running down the middle.
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.
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.