Today, New Orleans Startup Fund CEO Leslie Jacobs was joined by the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), Advisor to the Mayor for Economic Development Aimee Quirk, representatives of Chevron, the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™ Presented by Coca-Cola®, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, INC), and a host of dignitaries and business leaders to launch PowerMoves.NOLA, an initiative to support minority entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, high-impact mentors, and technical assistance. PowerMoves.NOLA grew out of recommendations made in ProsperityNOLA related to entrepreneurship, small business growth, and equity.
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The Director of Industry will own industry cluster work streams associated with action plan recommendations per the City’s five-year strategic economic development plan — “ProsperityNOLA: A Plan to Drive Economic Growth for 2018.” Implementing tactics and driving results, the Director of Industry will bring ProsperityNOLA’s recommendations to life, positively impacting the economy of New Orleans for years to come.
The Director of Industry will also be responsible for performing fiscal analysis and economic research, providing prospect business intelligence, and developing strategic opportunities for the New Orleans Business Alliance to execute high impact economic development activities.
by Rodrick Miller, President & CEO
As we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to our nation this Black History Month, I want to personally acknowledge the incredible progress African Americans and African American businesses have made in New Orleans. Great strides have been made in the last generation: between 1982 and 2007, the number of minority-owned companies with employees in the city has grown 390%. With that said, New Orleans has a long way to go to achieve a truly equitable economic future.[Continue Reading...]
Greater New Orleans, Inc., GE Capital Technology Center, and the New Orleans Business Alliance are proud to announce that a group of local technology companies have joined forces to build local awareness of the rapid momentum of and employment opportunities in the technology community. The coalition will kick off this effort by sponsoring new ‘Big River Stage’ at this year’s New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Participating companies include 365 Connect, Carrollton Technology Partners, CotingaSoft, Fat Happy Media, Federated Sample, GE Capital Technology Center, LaunchPad, NOVO Communications, Search Influence, Touch Studios, and TurboSquid.
The technology sector in Greater New Orleans has boomed in recent years and was recently named the #3 city in America winning the battle for IT jobs, behind San Francisco and Silicon Valley. And the sector is poised for continued growth with aggressive digital media incentives, favorable tax climate, workforce availability, unique culture, and competitive business climate.
Local technology companies interested in joining this coalition or sponsorship opportunity should contact Tracy Thomas at Tracy.Thomas@ge.com.