economy

WRKF
12:32 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Study Says Louisiana Faces Stagnant Wages, Rising Unemployment

A report released Thursday by the Louisiana Budget Project says although worker productivity in the state is at an all-time high, wages remain stagnant and unemployment is on the rise.

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Economy
12:31 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Index At Eight: Highs And Lows As The City Moves Beyond Rebuilding

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, 2005.
NASA

Before Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed, the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center documented neighborhoods, and tracked social and economic indicators in the city.

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Education
9:10 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Board Of Regents Hopes To Lure Louisianians Home

The Board of Regents, the state's top higher education panel, is hoping to entice thousands of Louisiana college graduates who left the state to return home and fill what is expected to be a wave of new high-technology jobs.

The initiative, called Operation Recall, will target more than 40,000 people, many of whom have degrees in computer science and engineering.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Hurricane Katrina Report: Economic Ups And Downs 8 Years Later

The front page of "The New Orleans Index at Eight", a report on New Orleans' recovery eight years after Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath.

Community Data Center Chief Demographer Allison Plyer reviews the latest report.

It’s been eight years this month since Hurricane Katrina. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center has been measuring data to see how far the recovery has come, and where the city is heading.

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Community
10:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

LA Swift Bus Service To Baton Rouge Ends Today

The LA Swift bus leaving New Orleans for Baton Rouge.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.

Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.

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Climate Change
3:04 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tourism Officials Support White House Plan To Fight Climate Change

The current slogan of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The agency is linking jobs and the threat of climate change.

Tourism officials say jobs depend on a healthy and safe environment.

New Orleans tourism officials kicked off a national bus tour scheduled to stop in regions most at risk from climate change. Those officials are linking jobs and coastal restoration.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

New Orleans Tops List Of America's Fastest-Growing Cities. Why?

Forbes contributor Joel Kotkin reviews rankings for New Orleans.

New Orleans has been judged by Forbes Magazine to be America’s fastest-growing city since 2007. But that distinction may be a bit hard to pinpoint when no other American city was more affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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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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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Forum Looks To New Orleans For Driving Cultural Economy

Eileen Fleming WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hosting the fifth annual World Cultural Economic Forum this week. It’s part of the US Conference of Mayors' drive to harness the financial power of art and culture.

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