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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in person beginning August 5, 2014 at 8:00 am and ending September 5, 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.
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By Rodrick T. Miller, President & CEO
New Orleans’ economic growth is real and continues. Recently released data by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that New Orleans netted 4,585 new private sector jobs in 2013, bringing the annual average for private sector employment in Orleans Parish to 151,371 jobs. This means the city has now regained 92 percent of its pre-Katrina employment. This also means our employment growth rate (at 3.12 percent) continues to outpace the state (2.01 percent) and the nation (2.08 percent).[Continue Reading...]
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Chevron Power Moves Power Pitch at ESSENCE Festival
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PowerMoves.NOLA $50,000 Fellowship Recipient
PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Demo Day $25,000 Award
Access the complete press release here.