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.
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.
Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans and the big boss is still here.
Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, John Elstrott, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the nationwide health food giant and the equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. Joining John for lunch is Michael Hecht, the CEO of GNO Inc. and one of the principal architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence. This is an all-star show!
On this week's Out to Lunch, digi-rocker Brent McCrossen and jewelry icon Mignon Faget discuss Mignon’s controversial Stop The Violence gun pin, and Brent’s part in the digital music revolution with his company Audiosocket.
Jazz Fest — our annual overdose of music and food — is synonymous with New Orleans. Smoothie King — a healthy juice and food alternative — is the antithesis of the city. Both businesses were NOLA-born in the 1970's and are now international brands.
On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti dines with Smoothie King's Tom O'Keefe and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Scott Aiges.