Oct 2014 15

We will con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive analy­sis of the city’s abil­ity to meet the work­force needs expected to arise over the next decade in the bioin­no­va­tion and health ser­vices indus­try. The work­force analy­sis is being funded with part of a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kel­logg Foun­da­tion (WKKF). Results of the study will be used to design solu­tions to iden­ti­fied gaps in the work­force pipeline and bar­ri­ers to local hir­ing and advance­ment within anchor health­care insti­tu­tions and bioin­no­va­tion companies.

Read more in our press release here or access all recent press releases here.

Sep 2014 30




We are proud to part­ner with the largest sus­tain­able build­ing event in the US as it marches into New Orleans! Mem­bers of ProsperityNOLA’s Sus­tain­able Indus­tries Indus­try Coun­cil will be attend­ing this con­fer­ence to help pro­mote New Orleans as pos­i­tive place for grow­ing and devel­op­ing busi­nesses in this clus­ter, and as thought lead­ers in resiliency and dis­as­ter recovery.

Join us this Octo­ber 22–24 for Green­build 2014 and help us show the world why the Cres­cent City is the per­fect set­ting for the green movement.

Reg­is­ter today!

Sep 2014 18

We’re happy to announce that we have ini­ti­ated a three-month assess­ment of local health­care insti­tu­tions’ pro­cure­ment needs and local small busi­nesses’ capac­ity to ful­fill those needs. This study is the next step in the anchor insti­tu­tion strat­egy iden­ti­fied in Pros­per­i­tyNOLA, the city’s five-year plan for eco­nomic growth. Through a com­pet­i­tive bid process, NOLABA selected the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based Democ­racy Col­lab­o­ra­tive and local dis­ad­van­taged busi­ness enter­prise (DBE) part­ner DMM & Asso­ciates to under­take the study.

Read more in our press release here or access all recent press releases here.

Sep 2014 17

LCMC Health announced today an invest­ment of $100,000 in the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance (NOLABA) to sup­port the fur­ther devel­op­ment of the New Orleans Bioin­no­va­tion and Health Ser­vices clus­ter. This marks the first anchor insti­tu­tion invest­ment in devel­op­ment of the bio­med­ical clus­ter. “As New Orleans con­tin­ues to grow and expand eco­nom­i­cally, LCMC Health pledges its sup­port to the city of New Orleans and NOLABA to solid­ify the city and New Orleans as a pow­er­house in health­care and as a national busi­ness leader,” stated Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health.

Read more in our press release here or access all recent press releases here.

Sep 2014 15

Notice is hereby given that nom­i­na­tions for the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance’s Board of Direc­tors are cur­rently being accepted.

All nom­i­na­tions must be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing and deliv­ered to the orga­ni­za­tion at 935 Gravier Street, Suite 2020, New Orleans, LA 70112 via US Mail, emailed to csojourner@nolaba.org or in per­son end­ing Sep­tem­ber 19, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Nom­i­na­tions should include the name, address and phone num­ber of each nom­i­nee, bio and/or resume, along with a com­pleted nom­i­na­tion form. Each nom­i­nee as well as the per­son nom­i­nat­ing him or her must reside in Orleans Parish or have a pri­mary busi­ness address or employer’s busi­ness address in Orleans Parish. Nom­i­nees must be at least 21 years of age.

Please con­tact Claire Sojourner at csojourner@nolaba.org with any ques­tions. Self-nominations will be accepted but all infor­ma­tion listed above must be included.

Down­load the nom­i­na­tion form here.

Aug 2014 08

Today, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance Rodrick Miller announced that he will leave his post later this month to assume the role of CEO of the Detroit Eco­nomic Growth Cor­po­ra­tion in Detroit, Michigan.

Miller joined the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance in 2011. As the first ever public-private part­ner­ship for eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the city, the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance was estab­lished in 2010 by Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu as the offi­cial non-profit orga­ni­za­tion tasked with advanc­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives on behalf of the City of New Orleans.

Mayor Lan­drieu said, “From the begin­ning, the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance has been a key part of our eco­nomic devel­op­ment strat­egy. Together with the board of direc­tors, Rod has built a strong orga­ni­za­tion focused on job growth, cre­at­ing wealth and build­ing an equi­table and sus­tain­able eco­nomic future for New Orleans. Rod served the city well and we thank him for his years of service.”

Since its for­ma­tion, the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance has grown from a start-up to an estab­lished engine focused on eco­nomic growth.  In 2013, it launched Pros­per­i­tyNOLA, the City’s first-ever strate­gic plan for eco­nomic devel­op­ment that serves as a roadmap for ensur­ing New Orleans’ eco­nomic growth lead­ing up to 2018.

New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance Board Chair­man Henry Coaxum said, “I thank Rod for his lead­er­ship and vision in build­ing the orga­ni­za­tion and attract­ing a tal­ented team of pro­fes­sion­als. As we look ahead to the city’s 300th anniver­sary in 2018, we are well poised to keep mov­ing for­ward as we imple­mentPros­per­i­tyNOLA - our plan to drive eco­nomic growth for New Orleans.”

It has been a tremen­dous honor to serve the City of New Orleans over the last sev­eral years,” said Mr. Miller. “Mayor Lan­drieu and the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance Board of Direc­tors have pri­or­i­tized eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the city, open­ing the way for New Orleans to remain on an upward tra­jec­tory for years to come.”

Upon Mr. Miller’s depar­ture, Melissa Ehlinger, who has been with the orga­ni­za­tion since 2012 and cur­rently serves as Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Strat­egy and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, will serve as Interim CEO. As senior vice pres­i­dent, Ms. Ehlinger has directed the over­all eco­nomic devel­op­ment strat­egy along with day-to-day man­age­ment of the organization’s busi­ness attrac­tion and reten­tion func­tions. Prior to NOLABA, Ms. Ehlinger served as project man­ager for New Orleans Rede­vel­op­ment Author­ity where she was respon­si­ble for secur­ing and imple­ment­ing a com­pet­i­tive $29 mil­lion fed­eral grant designed to sta­bi­lize neigh­bor­hoods across New Orleans.

A per­ma­nent replace­ment will be selected fol­low­ing a national search.

Read Melissa Ehlinger, Interim CEO’s bio here.

New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance Media Con­tact:
Amy Fer­gu­son — aferguson@nolaba.org / 504.343.7536

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