May 2014 21

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Today, Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu, the Mayor’s Office of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance touted a 9.6 per­cent growth in the City’s sales tax rev­enue over 2013. In the quar­terly Rev­enue Esti­mat­ing Con­fer­ence, com­mit­tee mem­bers cited pos­i­tive trends in pop­u­la­tion growth and vis­i­tor attrac­tion efforts as key dri­vers in addi­tional rev­enue col­lected by the City. Simul­ta­ne­ously, City Offi­cials note the attrac­tion of nation­ally rec­og­nized retail­ers and devel­op­ers as a source of that growth.

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May 2014 01

by Rodrick T. Miller, Pres­i­dent & CEO
The nation’s lead­ing microbusi­ness event, The Asso­ci­a­tion for Enter­prise Oppor­tu­nity (AEO) National Con­fer­ence, will be held in New Orleans May 5 — 7 at the Astor Crowne Plaza. AEO engages pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness lead­ers, social entre­pre­neurs, and com­mu­nity activists in ongo­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion regard­ing the crit­i­cal role the small­est busi­nesses have in cre­at­ing jobs and grow­ing the nation’s econ­omy. AEO’s work is closely aligned with our strate­gic five-year plan for New Orleans, Pros­per­i­tyNOLAAEO and Pros­per­i­tyNOLA share com­mon goals: drive job and wealth-creation oppor­tu­ni­ties.  Specif­i­cally, the strands of our plan that rec­og­nize the impor­tance of grow­ing small busi­nesses and equity as a growth strat­egy are directly aligned with AEO’s work around micro­cap­i­tal and their cat­a­lyst ini­tia­tive.  A sure path to that end is sup­port­ing microbusiness.

Access detailed infor­ma­tion on the AEO National Con­fer­ence in New Orleans and a sched­ule of events here.

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Apr 2014 17

By Rodrick Miller, Pres­i­dent & CEO

Data and met­rics are among the sharpest tools in our toolkit to drive progress in New Orleans. When we have accu­rate infor­ma­tion on our econ­omy and qual­ity of life, we can pro­vide a clearer pic­ture of New Orleans’ eco­nomic health, dis­pel or rein­force per­cep­tions about our com­pet­i­tive­ness when com­pared with other com­mu­ni­ties, and pri­or­i­tize areas of focus to ensure long-term pros­per­ity. Reports such as The Data Center’s Index at Eight and the City of New Orleans’ recently released 2013 Result­sNOLA Report pro­vide data to help build the case for invest­ment in New Orleans and frame the con­ver­sa­tion around the great oppor­tu­ni­ties our city presents.

In line with the Lan­drieu administration’s com­mit­ment to improv­ing the account­abil­ity, trans­parency, and per­for­mance of City gov­ern­ment, Result­sNOLA pro­vides quar­terly updates on the progress towards goals for all City of New Orleans depart­ments. The 2013 year-end Result­sNOLA report includes a num­ber of eco­nomic, qual­ity of life, and other met­rics rel­e­vant to our work. Specif­i­cally, Result­sNOLA offers excit­ing insights into New Orleans’ eco­nomic health as com­pared with bench­mark com­mu­ni­ties such as Raleigh, Miami, and Nashville. These com­par­isons help con­tex­tu­al­ize New Orleans’ value propo­si­tion for cor­po­rate invest­ment, and per­haps offer a few sur­prises in terms of our abil­ity to com­pete with sim­i­lar South­ern cities.

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Mar 2014 20

by Rodrick Miller and Tim Williamson

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Next week, we will gather together as a com­mu­nity to sup­port and cel­e­brate our local entre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem at the 6th annual  New Orleans Entre­pre­neur Week (NOEW), March 22–28. The incred­i­ble lineup of over 80 unique events and activ­i­ties this year are designed to offer entre­pre­neurs in a vari­ety of indus­tries and at vary­ing stages of startup devel­op­ment the oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with expert advi­sors, poten­tial investors, and audiences.

We all want a brighter eco­nomic future in New Orleans, and NOEW is one ini­tia­tive that is help­ing us achieve it. In align­ment with Pros­per­i­tyNOLA: A Plan to Drive Eco­nomic Growth for 2018, NOEW is our sig­na­ture annual event to sup­port entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion in our com­mu­nity. NOEW also pos­i­tively impacts New Orleans’ econ­omy in other crit­i­cal ways. By draw­ing national media atten­tion to our emerg­ing entre­pre­neur­ial com­mu­nity, NOEW gen­er­ates pos­i­tive per­cep­tions about doing busi­ness in New Orleans that will increase invest­ment in our mar­ket. Addi­tion­ally, by col­lab­o­rat­ing with diverse local part­ner orga­ni­za­tions, The Idea Vil­lage is able to effec­tively lever­age resources and gen­er­ate broader com­mu­nity sup­port and pro­gram­matic diver­sity for NOEW each year.

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