Monday, 25 August 2014 13:21
Louisiana's gender gap, essence of New Orleans, Lafayette ribbon-cutting
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new-orleans-convenionBusiness shorts news of the day: 

La Times showcase New Orleans; Louisiana low in gender survey;  Essence Festival, Lafayette Ribbon cutting


Loving New Orleans

Michael Hecht, President of GNO Inc. was pleased that New Orleans was showcased in a recent LATimes article.  via email, today, he wrote:

In a piece picked up by, the Los Angeles Times praises the “post-Katrina joie de vivre” in New Orleans. Highlights include:
• New Orleans has almost twice as many restaurants now as pre-Katrina
• With world-famous Jazz Fest and multiple new ones, New Orleans should be dubbed "Festival City"
• Improvements to parks, museums, shopping districts and transportation (street cars) are attracting scores of newcomers
You can read the entire piece here, or download it here.

Louisiana low on women

With Aug. 26 being Women’s Equality Day and the United States ranking a disappointing 23rd on the Global Gender Gap Index, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States for Women's Equality.

To gauge the scope of gender-based disparities in the United States, WalletHub ranked each of the 50 states based on 10 key metrics. They range from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy to the imbalance of their political representation. By highlighting the most and least gender-egalitarian states, we aim to help women find the best career opportunities.

Women’s Equality in Louisiana (1=best)
• 49th – Earnings Gap
• 39th – Executive Positions Gap
• 43rd – Workday Hours Gap
• 35th – Unemployment Rate Gap
• 15th – Life Expectancy at Age 65 Gap
• 41st – Political Representation Gap
For the full report, please visit:


Essence Fest returns From the New Orleans Agenda:
Last week ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks announced an extended agreement with the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans to host the ESSENCE Festival ™ through 2019.

"We are so pleased to extend our partnership with the State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans for another five years," said Ebanks. "Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Mayor Landrieu-along with their teams-have embraced the ESSENCE Festival as their own. Through collaboration, we have created a one-of-a-kind experience that enables the community to revel in culture, be entertained, informed and inspired-within the rich heritage that only New Orleans, Louisiana can provide."

Lafayette chamber ribbon cuttings

Edward Jones - Fritzie Fine
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10:30 a.m.
1027-A Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, August 28, 2014
12:00 p.m.
2865 Ambassador Caffery,
Ste. 121
Lafayette, LA

UL Town Planner
Ribbon Cutting
Friday, August 29, 2014
10:45 a.m.
UL Block Party, St. Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA


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