By Rodrick Miller, President & CEO
At the New Orleans Business Alliance, we are committed to growing jobs and investment in New Orleans to promote an equitable and sustainable economic future. Our earliest supporters were a group of New Orleans business leaders with a vision. We can thank the Horizon Initiative, the New Orleans Business Council, and most especially Mayor Mitch Landrieu, for understanding the need for a public-private partnership for economic development in Orleans Parish and for making the New Orleans Business Alliance a reality.
Since our first operational year in 2011, we have worked diligently to achieve economic development goals and we have grown as an organization from a small team in a temporary office to a staff of sixteen. In 2013, we made great strides to meet and exceed our stated goals for the year.
We coordinated public relations efforts to promote New Orleans’ economic growth and progress.
We provided data and support to business and civic organizations to promote business growth in New Orleans.
Our corporate and retail attraction efforts resulted in a number of exciting wins for New Orleans that generated quality jobs, capital investment, and increased amenities for residents. The most impactful of these projects included:
We surveyed and met with 149 New Orleans companies to thank them for their commitment to New Orleans and to provide support and assistance where needed through our Business Retention and Expansion program.
We met our goal to raise over $500K in investment from the private sector, and we engaged our 65 investors in our work to grow the New Orleans economy throughout the year.
We maintained operational excellence by engaging in transparent and responsible fiscal practices, hiring a full staff of qualified professionals, and maintaining a top-notch office facility to serve the New Orleans community with professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness.
As we enter into 2014, I look forward to your continued support and partnership in our efforts to build a strong, equitable and sustainable economic future for New Orleans.
More in store: Our forthcoming 2013 Annual Report will feature the accomplishments listed above and even more information about our work to grow the New Orleans economy. Stay tuned–the report will be released soon.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Executive Committee for the New Orleans Business Alliance has been called and will be held on 1/8/14 at 935 Gravier Street, Suite 2020 from 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Agenda is available here.
by Rodrick T. Miller, President & CEO
This year, New Orleans was featured many times in the national spotlight as a progressive city with favorable conditions for business growth and investment. We are also competitive in quality of life rankings, and New Orleans was consistently recognized as one of the best cities in the nation in which to live and work in 2013.
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Effective Economic Development Leadership:
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the New Orleans Business Alliance applauded the successes of the City’s economic development efforts during 2013. Throughout the year, the City attracted nationally recognized retailers and was distinguished as a hub for economic innovation and growth.
“This past year we took huge steps towards growing our economy and saw a tremendous retail boom and major business developments,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We were successful in not only bringing businesses back to New Orleans, but also utilizing public-private partnerships to help create new jobs and options for our residents and visitors. This groundwork will lead the way for a 2014 filled with even more economic growth and good news.”
Rodrick Miller, President and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the City’s official public-private partnership for economic development, described 2013 as a remarkable year for New Orleans.
“This year we launched ProsperityNOLA, a dynamic 5-year strategic plan that introduced strategies to promote collaboration, investment, workforce, entrepreneurship that will secure the City’s economic future.” Miller said. “New Orleans is well on her way to becoming a global leader in business and a prototype for corporate investment. Under the stellar leadership of Mayor Landrieu and our business community, we are sure to have a phenomenal 2014.”[Continue Reading...]