• Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

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560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

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bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

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penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

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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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