Letter from the President

Welcome to the Q4 2023 edition of REGION Magazine! This issue showcases a mix of innovation, celebration, and strategic collaboration, demonstrating how diverse sectors are intersecting to enhance our region’s economic landscape. From groundbreaking startup support and festive public policy events to ambitious international trade missions and remarkable industry leadership, the articles within these pages highlight the dynamism and resilience of our community.

Get to know the vital work underway by StartupNOLA, which is meant to capture the vibrant spirit of the New Orleans ecosystem and share it with the world. This catalogs and provides easy access to support for entrepreneurs eager to make their mark in global industries.

Next, experience the spirit of the Washington Mardi Gras, a testament to our rich cultural heritage and vital role in the nation’s economy. This event connects business leaders from across Louisiana with the lawmakers that govern the country, creating new partnerships and potential for the future.

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Explore a recent journey that took place on the World Trade Center New Orleans’ market mission to Montreal. This strategic expedition underscored the importance of international collaboration and market expansion, aiming to forge new pathways for trade and investment that will bolster our region’s economic strength and global footprint.

Finally, get to know one of our region’s fastest growing companies as well as a legacy business leader that each have incredible stories. SSE Steel’s precision and commitment to excellence are not just building structures but are foundational to the growth and stability of our local infrastructure. And Glen Smith is the visionary CEO of Magnolia Companies whose leadership and foresight are not only propelling his company to new heights but also setting a benchmark for entrepreneurial success.

These are but a few examples of the incredible work being done in Greater New Orleans. They embody the spirit of innovation and perseverance that is driving us towards prosperity.

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Offering comprehensive energy efficiency at no cost to the consumer, Entergy’s Energy Smart program incentivizes Entergy New Orleans customers to perform energy-saving upgrades in...


Michael Hecht
GNO, Inc. President & CEO


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