Business & Technology

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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Out To Lunch
1:07 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The NOLA Brain Gain

Chris Boyd, Peter Ricchiuti and Marianne Rodriguez.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The New Orleans business boom is not a coincidence, it's a campaign. NOLAbound successfully recruited young entrepreneurs to New Orleans.

Meet two of them on this week's Out to Lunch: Chris Boyd, founder of mobile app building company Apptitude, and Marianne Rodriguez, founder of fashion illustration studio MarketteNOLA.

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Out To Lunch
6:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

NOLA Baby: Whole Foods & GNO, Inc.

Peter Ricchiuti, GNO, Inc.'s Michael Hecht and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

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!

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Media
7:03 am
Wed May 8, 2013

John Georges, New Owner of The Advocate: 'New Orleans Wants a Daily Paper'

The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily print newspaper, based in Baton Rouge. As of last week, it has a new owner.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Rockin' Guns 'N Money

Brent McCrossen, Mignon Faget and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

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.

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Business & Technology
12:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Advocate Newspaper Changes Hands

Ownership of Baton Rouge’s newspaper, The Advocate, transferred on Wednesday from the Manship family, Baton Rouge natives, to John Georges, a New Orleans business mogul.

Along with taking over ownership of the paper, Georges is bringing on two top staffers from The Times-Picayune.

Last year, after The Picayune knocked back publication to three days a week, The Advocate began daily circulation in the New Orleans area.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

New Orleans, The Birthplace Of Smoothie Jazz

Scott Aiges, of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Scott Aiges

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.

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