economic development

Development
5:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Tulane Avenue Progress Too Slow For Some Businesses, Residents

Sun sets on Tulane Avenue, where new business and the promise of redevelopment mix with longstanding crime and poverty.
Ted Jackson Nola.com

City officials and developers have big plans for Tulane Avenue. The rough patch of old Airline Highway will hold two new hospitals, and a planned biomedical corridor. It’s slated to have fewer lanes of traffic and new landscaping, too. But, change is slow. Some residents and business owners who have invested in the neighborhood feel let down by the seedy motels and high crime that persist on Tulane Avenue.

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WRKF
4:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Survey Says LA Swift Shutdown Could Hurt Jobs

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:21 pm

State plans to shut down the low-cost bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans may harm economic ties between the cities.

According to a survey released Wednesday by The Center for Planning Excellence, more than half of LA Swift riders use the service to get to and from work.

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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.
multisanti Flickr

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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Red River Radio
11:49 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Economic Development Head: Oklahoma City Is Open For Business

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:03 am

The former head of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Kurt Foreman, is keeping a close eye on the rebuilding process in tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., as executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. His chamber represents 5,400 companies, Foreman said, and now the focus is on helping the ones in Moore.

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Red River Radio
2:36 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Central La. Economic Development Firm Hires Food Systems Planner

The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has hired a regional food systems planner to create a marketplace that encourages the buying and selling of local produce in the alliance’s 10-parish region. John Cotton Dean is beginning to map out his new job. He started last month. He says it’s very forward thinking that the grant-funded job is housed within an economic development agency.

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New Orleans Business Alliance
12:22 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

New Orleans business group gets $1 million grant

The New Orleans Business Alliance is receiving a $1 million Economic Development Administration grant to help fund the development and implementation of a strategic plan to boost business and job growth in the city.

The grant was announced Monday by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.

The Advocate reports the grant will be used by the Alliance to identify ways to support existing businesses and attract new ones to the region and to develop a strategic five-year economic development plan for the city of New Orleans.

Business & Technology
5:59 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Tech center setting up shop in Baton Rouge

Ameritas Technologies says it will open an information technology center in Baton Rouge creating 300 jobs.

The startup company's CEO, Brian Keene, said Tuesday that Ameritas will receive a state economic development grant of $125,000 per year over a 10-year period to offset leasing costs at the Chase Tower in the downtown area.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says Ameritas will start hiring in September and open by October. He says the company expects to reach the 300 mark on staffing by 2016.

Trade Negotiations
9:49 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Conference: Stronger Ties Between La, Guatemala

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials and business leaders plan to start a three-day conference tomorrow in New Orleans with their counterparts from Guatemala. The Times-Picayune reports that they hope to make relations with Latin America a top policy priority and to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two regions.