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Help for small businesses to expand overseas is now available through the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is partnering with the New Orleans business group to provide help with financing, and entrepreneur services.

Trade Center Chief Executive Officer Dominic Knoll says the program is open to small businesses throughout Louisiana.

The Export Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms. Help includes working capital guarantees, and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad.

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A government watchdog group says New Orleans should sell the World Trade Center that sits empty by the Mississippi River.

The city had reached a tentative lease agreement last year with Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the old high rise. But negotiations broke off in April, ending plans for the building being converted into a luxury hotel and residential complex.

The Bureau of Governmental Research noted yesterday that it was the third time redevelopment efforts failed.

Louisiana Exports Rise In First Half Of 2014

Aug 13, 2014

Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The export growth — fueled by agriculture and oil and gas goods — enabled Louisiana to remain in sixth place among all of the states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Louisiana accounted for 3.6 percent of the $804 billion in total U.S. exports through midyear.

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In any American city you can discover people whose lives have accomplished extraordinary things. Some have highly recognizable names, while others do not.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin begins the first of an occasional series, Lessons from Their Lives. This week: a 94-year old businessman named Paul Fabry, who helped establish a network of World Trade Centers across the globe. 

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The shuttered World Trade Center in New Orleans may be reborn as a luxury hotel and apartment complex. The 1960s-era building shaped like an X could be an anchor on the city’s refurbished riverfront.

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A city committee meets at 3 p.m. today to evaluate proposals for one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in New Orleans. Three developers are vying for the World Trade Center site. Two would renovate the blocky 1960s office tower, and a third would demolish it in favor of a giant funnel-shaped sculpture, or some other tourist attraction.

The city of New Orleans is seeking developers to revive the property where an empty office tower sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. And officials are being careful not to limit the ways in which the valuable real estate can be used.

The 33-story World Trade Center building could be torn down or renovated.

In an attempt to put of the city's most valuable pieces of real estate back into commerce, New Orleans officials are preparing to solicit proposals for redeveloping the World Trade Center site at the foot of Canal Street.

The Times-Picayune reports the proposals can call for either demolishing or renovating the vacant office tower.