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new-orleans-tourism-compressed1MAKING A CASE FOR NEW ORLEANS

On the heels of a record-breaking New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, an amazing PitchNOLA, and another fantastic Launch Fest, Steve Case, Founder of America Online and Chair and CEO of Revolution, is headed to New Orleans this week as part of his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour!


 The entire New Orleans community is invited to attend the following three events taking place at the New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) on Friday, May 8th.  Space is limited and filling up fast, so we encourage you to RSVP now and get your name on the list before it's too late.

2pm - 3pm: Fireside Chat Interview with Steve Case, Walter Isaacson, and Irvin Mayfield RSVP LINK

3pm - 5pm: Pitch Competition with Steve Case, Jean Case, Irvin Mayfield, Ti Martin, and Zach Strief for $100K RSVP LINK

5pm - 7pm: Happy Hour Party with Steve Case RSVP LINK

During the Rise of the Rest tour, Steve and his team visit select cities that are showing very promising signs of entrepreneurial growth. So far the bus tour has visited 9 cities and this next tour starts in Richmond (5/4), continues on to Raleigh Durham (5/5), Charleston (5/6), and Atlanta (5/7), and ends in New Orleans (5/8). Saving the best for last...of course.



Greater New Orleans is #2 in the USA for Growth of Knowledge Industries.  Based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), and analyzed by GNO, Inc. and demographer Joel Kotkin, Greater New Orleans was one of the top regions for growth from 2007 – 2015 in a range of jobs:

Software Publishers

Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals

Engineering Services

Industrial Design Services

Custom Computer Programming Services

Computer Systems Design Services

Environmental Consulting Services

Motion Picture and Video Production/Distribution

Teleproduction and Other Postproduction Services

Research and Development in Biotechnology

Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

The Top Regions for Growth in Knowledge Industries are:

Austin - 52%

Greater New Orleans – 37%

Charlotte – 36%

Houston – 28%

Nashville – 24%


Atlanta – 19%


Gauthiers’ and Modex have merged to create the world’s third-largest offshore container company, with an inventory of 17,000 units.

Gauthiers’ three Louisiana locations (in Lafayette, Houma, and Port Fourchon) will continue under the same managementwhile offering an even broader range of customized units and larger inventory. Gauthiers’ will now offer full in-house manufacturing design and production capacity as well as capital support for its continued growth, while Modex gains access to the North American oil and gas market via Gauthiers’ locations, expertise and relationships in the Gulf of Mexico. Modex currently has locations in Norway, Brazil, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and the United Kingdom (Aberdeen).



Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette, located downtown and less than three miles from Lafayette Regional Airport. Formerly a Hilton hotel, the property has undergone a $12 million transformation that includes a total redesign of the lobby, updated guest rooms, new furniture throughout the public areas, renovated pool and sun deck, reconstructed porte-cochère and revamped restaurant and bar concepts. The hotel is owned by Garrison Wright Prop Co JV LLC and managed by Hospitality Management Advisors.


The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), has selected Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Knoxville, Tenn., and New Orleans as the 2015 communities for the company’s Humana Communities Benefit program.

“Humana’s goal is to improve the health of the communities we serve by making it easy for people to achieve their best health, and preventing diabetes and congestive heart failure is critical to that mission”

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that aim to transform their communities by lowering barriers to health and well-being – and whose specific focus or overall efforts address diabetes and/or congestive heart failure – are encouraged to apply for the multi-year charitable grant totaling $350,000.

“Humana’s goal is to improve the health of the communities we serve by making it easy for people to achieve their best health, and preventing diabetes and congestive heart failure is critical to that mission,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of the Humana Foundation. “Humana and the Humana Foundation carefully considered the cities where we wanted to offer the Humana Communities Benefit program this year. We look forward to identifying outstanding nonprofit partners that are helping to reduce the impact of low health literacy, poor health behaviors, and lack of access to services and support. These grants are intended to help close the gap between people and care, leading to improved health and well-being for the community.”

Winners will use the Humana Foundation grant to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive, transformational impact on the organization and the community.

Last year, the Humana Foundation relaunched the program, awarding nonprofits in Tampa Bay, Chicago and San Antonio a total of $350,000 each over a three-year period. Recipients receive $200,000 the first year; $100,000 the second year; and $50,000 the third year. Since the Humana Communities Benefit charitable giving program was introduced in 2003, the Humana Foundation has awarded nearly $9 million to nonprofits in 12 communities nationwide.

Call for Entries

For the first time, nonprofits will be required to submit a Letter of Intent outlining what their organization would achieve with the funding over the three-year period. The letter must also explain how the initiative aligns with the overall goals of the Humana Communities Benefit program, which include lessening the negative impact of diabetes and/or congestive heart failure on community health and well-being, lowering barriers to health, and increasing access to services that improve health outcomes. After the Letters of Intent are reviewed by the Humana Foundation, organizations will receive an invitation to complete a detailed application.

501(c)(3) organizations in the Knoxville, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale areas are encouraged to review the Request for Proposals on and submit their Letter of Intent by Friday, May 29. Eligible counties/parishes include:

•             Humana Communities Benefit – Fort Lauderdale — Broward County

•             Humana Communities Benefit – Knoxville — Anderson, Blount, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Roane and Sevier counties

•             Humana Communities Benefit – New Orleans — Orleans, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. James, Plaquemines, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes

The timeline for this year’s charitable grant program in the three communities is as follows:

•             Letter of Intent: May 2 – May 29

•             Application Deadline: June 30

•             Judging: August

•             Online Community Vote: August

•             Grant Recipients Announced: September

The online community vote was introduced to the Humana Communities Benefit program in 2014 and allows the community to weigh in on which organization in each community it feels is most deserving of the $350,000 grant. Voting is based upon a video and short narrative submitted by the three finalists in each city and takes place at The online community vote accounts for a portion of the finalists’ total score in the final judging process.

Resources Available to Nonprofits

Humana and the Humana Foundation offer several complimentary resources and programs that connect nonprofits to individuals who are available to assist applicants through the entire Humana Communities Benefit process, including:

•             Free Educational Seminars: Eligible nonprofits are invited to attend an interactive seminar facilitated by a Humana leader, who will educate grant writers on the Humana Communities Benefit application process, offer tips and answer questions.

•             HCB Mentors: Prospective applicants can visit to connect with former grant winners regarding their experience with the Humana Communities Benefit process. On this site, nonprofit leaders can ask any questions that may not be listed in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

•             Humana Communities Benefit eNewsletter: A comprehensive digital newsletter highlights news about the grant program, offers advice and tips from previous winners, outlines key dates and highlights success stories of past recipients. To view and subscribe to the newsletter, visit

•             Email Inquiries: For additional information about the Humana Communities Benefit program or if a nonprofit has any questions throughout the process, they can submit an email to [email protected] and someone will reply in a timely manner.

The Humana Communities Benefit program is one element of Humana and the Humana Foundation’s overall commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), and the company’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance CSR platform. Humana has been recognized as a leader in health care for its CSR focus, from organizations and rankings ranging from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index to the FTSE4Good Index to the Newsweek Green Rankings.



This episode of A.M.BestTV wraps up coverage of the annual Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.’s (RIMS) conference in New Orleans, LA, with a panel discussion on the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina 10 years later.

“Zurich also learned from Katrina that if we approach the matter by using an alternative dispute resolution policy, where we work with third-party mediators with no affiliation to Zurich, claims are settled quicker and fairly.”

Click on to view the video program. View all the daily wrap-ups and interviews from the event at

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