Convention Center Receives 2023 Downtown NOLA Award

Thumbnail Image002NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has received its first Downtown NOLA Award from the Downtown Development District of New Orleans. The annual award recognizes downtown New Orleans property owners, businesses, residents, workers and organizations whose exceptional accomplishments have made them outstanding neighbors delivering sustainable construction, equitable operations or inspiring events to the downtown area.

“We are truly honored to be recognized by the DDD for our commitment to excellence locally because that is at the core of Convention Center operations,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center president and CEO. “In everything we do, we strive to maximize the positive impact we make for our people and our city and minimize our impact on the environment. I am proud to see the Convention Center included among the 2023 Downtown NOLA Award recipients and grateful to our incredible staff for making us a top venue globally and a great neighbor here in New Orleans.”

The 2023 Downtown NOLA Award is the latest of several esteemed honors the NOENMCC has received this year, including the 2023 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. 

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In addition, NOENMCC Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Linda Baynham was recognized as one of five local Travel and Tourism Week Champions. 

The Convention Center also earned its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in 2022 and received AA+ bond ratings from both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investor Services in 2023.

An awards ceremony hosted by the DDD will recognize all honorees on Oct. 18 at the Audubon Aquarium.

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