Michael Hecht

New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later

Aug 29, 2013

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city’s poorest residents live. It’s still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and “aspirational” city in the U.S.

Journalist James O’Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they’ve ever been.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans. We're staying ahead of the curve.

John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO, Inc. Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence.

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!

Tomorrow's Sugar Bowl means more than just victory for Virginia Tech or Michigan. It also generates huge economic development opportunities for the entire New Orleans region.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. President Michael Hecht says the Sugar Bowl and other upcoming sports events are expected to add $400 million to the local economy.