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21376 Michael HechtGreat timing, referenced Michael Hecht in his email this morning promoting more good news.  Hecht is president of GNO Inc, the Economic Development organization representing New Orleans, the River Parishes.

The news:

The publication Smart Asset rates the city--first in tech jobs growth and fifth in "Tech for Women".

Why great timing? 

Today is the last day of Entrepreneurship Week. In less than two months, a major technology event hosted by New Orleans named Collision Conference.

 

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tourism dayAnother year, another record or two for New Orleans tourism.

According to statistics released today, 2016 was a banner year for the city, which has been on a roll since the Hurricane Katrina devastation.

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canal stOne of the major developments over the past decade, or so, particularly after Hurricane Katrina has been the redevelopment of New Orleans' signature avenues, known as Canal Street, right on the edge of the downtown section of one of the nation's oldest communities.

 

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kurt wWhat’s happening in Downtown New Orleans?
Today, March 8, Kurt Weigel, the President and CEO of the New Orleans Downtown Development District will field questions from the public and from Stephen Sabludowsky on Bayoubuzz’s next Facebook Live-Twitter Live event.

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crouere hangoutBack in late January of 1999, I had just finished a two-year stint as Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. Looking for a new project, I started a political newsletter with journalist and commentator Christopher Tidmore. 

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CRIME SCENEThe city of New Orleans is not making progress in fighting violent crime. In fact, the murder rate seems to be escalating. In 2016, the murder rate increased to 175 victims, an increase of 7% from the year before. Per capita, New Orleans had the fourth highest murder rate in the country in 2016. However, per FBI statistics, in the five-year period ending in 2015, New Orleans had the highest murder rate in the country with 46.9 murders per 100,000 citizens.

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new orleans tourismNew Orleans has made a population recovery since Hurricane Katrina.

According to new information provided by Michael Hecht of GNO Inc, the city is leading the country in population growth over the past five years, with 46% of that increase coming from Latin America.

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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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CRIME SCENEIn the city of Chicago, 2016 was a very violent year with 762 murders and 3,550 shooting incidents. The national media regularly covered Chicago’s rising murder rate, the city’s largest increase in 60 years. Even President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the “Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!” 

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This past week proved to be an especially terrifying one in New Orleans.  Not only did we have to bear the international embarrassment of a mass shooting on Bourbon Street during the Bayou Classic celebration, we also had an incident were four people were shot with over fifty-seven bullet casings found at the crime scene. nbsp;Violence in America has transitioned from what was once singular homicides where an individual shoots another to what has become neighborhood carnage with multiple shooters strafing communities with semi-automatic weapons equipped with extended clips.

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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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