Letter from the President

Welcome to the Q3 issue of REGION Magazine!

In this issue, you’ll learn more about some of the developments that are shaping the future of the Greater New Orleans. New programming is being offered to help grow companies, existing companies are getting some relief from rising operational costs, and infrastructure investments are being made to ensure that southeast Louisiana is here to stay.

Recently, GNO, Inc. developed a partnership with the Idea Village to provide support to startups that are focused on growing the music industry. The METRONOME music accelerator program is a 3-month experience that helps provide founders with some of the foundational skills and habits needed to grow into a successful company. During their cohort, participants go through a series of training exercises, receive mentorship from experienced business leaders, and have a chance to perfect the pitching that will earn investments in their ideas.

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Another impactful set of programs being offered in the area are focused on reducing the environmental and financial impact of energy costs experienced by businesses. Utility providers Entergy and Cleco have developed a set of initiatives that allow companies to take on steps that will increase energy efficiency for their operations, while reducing the amount of energy they need to operate. These programs allow brands to embrace green ideologies while holding on to more of their own cash.

Next, there’s a profile of one of the largest and most ambitious projects that our state has taken to invest in coastal restoration. The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion effectively removes a portion of levee along the Mississippi River to divert some of its flow, which includes critical sediment that can create land, from its existing channel into open areas which once contained land which makes up our coast. The project is a major feat in engineering and construction, and a significant investment into Louisiana’s future.

This issue also explores a unique meeting space in downtown New Orleans. Located inside the Pan-American Life Center at 601 Poydras Street, The Conference Centre on 11 is a full-floor meeting space that includes an auditorium space, countless breakout rooms, A/V support, and catering services that are each meant to help bring an event of any size to life.

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Finally, you’ll meet one of the region’s rising business leaders. Gabrielle Begue is an expert at navigating the state’s Historic Tax Credits, allowing the unique architectural appeal of the city to thrive while bringing properties into commerce.

These are just some of the companies and individuals driving in the new era of Greater New Orleans, but their stories are vital to share with you all.

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Michael Hecht
GNO, Inc. President & CEO

 

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