Two days from now, Barack Obama will be an average, normal American citizen, who happens to have been the most powerful person in the world for the past eight years. A brass New Yorker, Donald Trump, who has pledged to once again make American great, will preside at the White House in Obama’s place.
In 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.
Imagine 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?
Every 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.
Louisiana 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.
Donald Trump has continued to ignore the concerted effort of the American investigative agencies and congressional warnings that Russia has hacked to influence the recent elections.
According to the New York Times, prior to the meeting, he called the commotion surrounding the alleged hacking, a witch hunt.
The soaking wet Fleur De Lis, heralding in the New Year hasn't yet fully dried, but let the record be known, that politics has no season. Especially, in Louisiana.
The Louisiana GOP has taken the first shot of 2017t, this one against those eyebrows of Governor John Bel Edwards, about, a matter that they know much about--making mother's milk out of a disaster.
Much is being said about Donald Trump’s new press secretary—his name is twitter. Some love it and join our president-elect in the optimism for the future.
Then, there’s others who have take a different view. The media goes ballistics and becomes hysterical every time the digital communications future commander in chief goes into operations. Although Trump and his followers believe he is the man of the future, some believe the leaders of our past would be stone-faced with embarrassment over his emotional twitter tirades.
Let’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.