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Press releases from New Orleans Hospitality and Tourism, First Friday, YLC Wednesday at the Square, NORLI and United Healthcare

 New Orleans Hospitality

New Orleans’ hospitality industry will come together to celebrate the city’s number one economic driver – tourism – under the banner of NEW ORLEANS WILL. Tourism employs more than 78,000 New Orleanians and is the lifeblood of the Crescent City. In 2013, the tourism industry welcomed 9.28 million visitors and generated $6.47 billion in visitor spending, the highest numbers in nearly 10 years.
The Mardi Gras-style parade will feature marching bands, mini-floats, revelers, stilt walkers and hundreds of hospitality industry employees in uniform, including housekeepers, musicians, chefs and artists. Beginning at the Loews Hotel Piazza d’Italia promptly at 9:30 a.m., the parade will travel down Poydras Street and end at club XLIV for a press conference, where industry leaders will attest to the power of travel.
NEW ORLEANS WILL is the local theme for this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week celebrations. It is an initiative of the tourism industry, facilitated by the New Orleans CVB, to educate our community on the economic and cultural importance of the traveler economy.
New Orleans is one of 75 cities across the country organizing a travel event in support of National Travel and Tourism Week.

Harrah's First Friday

Harrah's New Orleans will be re-launching their First Fridays on Fulton Street event series on this Friday, May 2nd from 7 p.m.- 11p.m. First Fridays is a series of events that will take place the first Friday of every month in the 500 Block of Fulton Street. This Friday's event is dubbed the Post Fest Edition and will feature sounds by DJ Mike Swift of Power 102.9 and live performances by Mia Borders and The Hot 8 Brass Band. First Friday patronswill celebrate festival season in style with live music, seasonal cocktails and some of their favorite fest- inspired foods by Manning's Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Grand Isle and Gordon Biersch.

WHO: Fulton Street Merchants, Mia Borders, the Hot 8 Brass Band, DJ Mike Swift, and more

WHAT: First Fridays on Fulton Street, the Post Fest Edition

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014 from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

WHERE: 500 Block of Fulton St New Orleans, LA 70127

For more information or to purchase tickets for First Fridays on Fulton Street, please

Wednesday at the Square
While you're in the midst of festing, be sure to join us for Week 7 of YLC Wednesday at the Square presented by the New Orleans Saints. We'll be back at Lafayette Square tomorrow,Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with performances by All-Star Line-Up: Eric McFadden,Jerry Joesph, Norwood Fisher, Eric Bolivar & Special Guests + Gravy.

Come join us for live music, regional arts and crafts, food from 15 local establishments, and drinks provided by Abita Brewing Company and Republic National Distributing Company. This week, the Abita Beer Garden will feature Andygator and SOS.

You can skip the lines and purchase your food and drink tickets online for this week and throughout the entire season. We can't wait to see you at the Square!

Don't forget to head to Manning's for "WednesdayAfter The Square." Join us there for drink specials every Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.


The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 NORLI class. All business, civic and public-sector leaders in the ten-parish region are encouraged to apply by visiting The deadline for applications is May 23, 2014, and there is a $35 non-refundable application fee.

NORLI is a nine-month program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and examine issues central to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans region. Through a competitive application process, the class brings together forty business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries and communities in the ten parish region with a mission to promote regional collaboration by providing a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and a network of relationships.

The NORLI curriculum will examine public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. The NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions beginning September 17, 2014 and ending May 14, 2015. The non-refundable tuition fee is $2,750, which covers all program costs and materials, including meals, as well as all the expenses associated with the retreats. For more information on the commitments and class of 2015 program dates please visit

According to Cindy Nuesslein, CEO of Interim LSU Hospital and chairman of NORLI, "NORLI offers each Class member a unique opportunity to study the critical issues and challenges facing the region, to improve leadership skills and to connect and collaborate with other regional leaders. Upon graduation, members of the Class of 2014-15 will join a network of over 500 NORLI alumni who are serving in important leadership roles and making a real difference in our region. NORLI is a must for any leader who is determined to help move the New Orleans region forward."
Benefits of NORLI
For the participant, NORLI creates opportunities for contacts with influential leaders and provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills, ethics, decision-making, and critical and creative thinking. Participants grow as individuals and gain a better understanding of the many facets of their community, learn cutting-edge leadership skills, and enhance their business relationships. Most importantly, NORLI builds confidence and motivation for participants to become actively involved in promoting positive change for the New Orleans region.

For the employer, NORLI develops in the employee increased organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills. In addition, it offers news insights into the community, helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged, and gives organizations a unique perspective on how to become involved in the community.

For the community, NORLI helps develop committed, knowledgeable, and action-oriented people to serve as catalysts in promoting positive change – people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make the New Orleans region a great place to be. The program also encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between the public and private sectors.

For more information about NORLI, please visit or contact Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email her at [email protected] Become a fan of NORLI on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

United Healthcare

Free emotional-support help line from Optum open to anyone
• Assistance for UnitedHealthcare plan participants whose access to care may have been affected

Minnetonka, Minn. (April 29, 2014) – UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its benefits and services businesses, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are taking immediate action to help people in Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee, who may be affected by the recent tornadoes.

This includes a free emotional-support line to help people in the affected communities and assisting health plan participants who may be affected and need to make alternate arrangements to ensure continuity of care.

Free Help Line: Optum, a leading health and behavioral health services company, is offering a free emotional-support help line. The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at

Help Finding a Network Care Provider, Early Refills: Plan participants who need help finding a care provider in the UnitedHealthcare network or early prescription refills can call customer care at the number located on the back of their medical ID card.

For plan participants who may have misplaced their medical ID card, call 866-633-2446, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (in the local time zone), Monday through Friday. People enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual health plans who have a smartphone can download the free Health4Me app, which provides instant access to their ID card, network care providers, their personal health benefits and more. The Health4Me app is available as a free download at the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market on Google Play.

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