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trump carrierIn the prior segments of a recent interview with Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc (GNO Inc), he and I talked about the incredible growth opportunities available to the region.  The city is now more global than ever, with direct flights from London, Frankfurt and from Central America.  A new $8.5 billion liquid natural gas project has just been launched in Plaquemines Parish. More conventions are locating in the region, especially those that bring with it young enthusiastic and talented people from across the world who labor in the area of new and applied technologies.  Two conventions, Collision and ResCon will be on display this spring.  The industry of water and the applications within the cities and communities of the world is going uphill with rapid growth.

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GNO FEMA LandrieuImagine paying twenty to twenty-five-thousand dollars for flood insurance for a $250,000 property.  Difficult to sell the property or to buy the new home or commercial building?

 

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gno global 3Every year, GNO Inc. conducts its annual meeting luncheon and its President and CEO Michael Hecht presents an overview of the prior year in front of a massive audience in New Orleans, ranging from 1000 to 1200 attendees.  And every year, without failure, the audience appears more supercharged about the new opportunities available in the area of economic development.

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hecht digitalLouisiana has made significant advances in digital media economic development in the past decade.

But, it also has a long way to go to be competitive with other states that got the jump on us as the silicon world began to evolve into the Internet world.

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hecht lngThink about it.

A recently announced $8.5 billion (with a B, a very BIG B) Venture Global liquid natural gas project in Plaquemines Parish and there is not much media coverage.

Not really.

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hecht imageNew Orleans and the River Region has witnessed many changes since Hurricane Katrina disrupted life, for far too many in late August 2005.

 

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hecht2Let’s face it, ever since the beginning of the Katrina rebuild, Greater New Orleans and the River Region, has been “hot”.

In a significant part, the reason for its recent business expansions and economic growth is GNO Inc, and its President and CEO, Michael Hecht, who become an integral part of the area’s business community during the early days of the hurricane recovery.

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dollar map 6How much will your $100 bill last you in Louisiana, compared to elsewhere USA?  How far can you go with your shopping?

The Tax Foundation reports that it should go far.  Not as far as inn Mississippi and certainly much more of a distance than D.C. and Hawaii.

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GNOInc. wants to know if you want to join them in Panama, this fall.   If you are interested, make a decision, for the spaces available are going fast.

Here is the economic development organization's email

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jefferson chamberJEFFERSON CHAMBER: HECHT AND WAGUESPACK

On Wednesday Feb. 3, The Jefferson Chamber will host a breakfast to discuss Louisiana’s economic development and the challenges and opportunities for the business community in the 2016 state legislative session.  Peter Ricchiuti, Tulane University business professor and host of NPR’s Out to Lunch, will moderate the discussion featuring LABI president Stephen Waguespack and GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht. 

 

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catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

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miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

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trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.

 

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At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

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