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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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  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

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mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

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backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.

 

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