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Port Sets Another Record

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2018 than at any time in its history, totaling 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 12.3 percent compared to one year ago.

The record marks the fifth year in a row Port NOLA has surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is operated by New Orleans Terminal and Ports America.

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“The expansion of the Panama Canal and growth in containerized exports, namely resin and frozen poultry, have buoyed Port NOLA’s containerized cargo to record levels,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA president and CEO. “In addition, loaded imported containers rose 7 percent, which continues to be a focus of Port NOLA’s marketing efforts. We anticipate further growth, as direct all-water carrier services to Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean attract larger vessels.”


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Tulane University Launches Only MBA/Sustainable Real Estate Development Degree Program in the Nation

In conjunction with Tulane’s School of Architecture, the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has launched a two-year, full-time program called the MBA/MSRED — an MBA and a master’s degree in sustainable real estate development.

Classes start Aug. 9 and will be offered during the weekday from the historic Tulane University campus in Uptown New Orleans as well as the Freeman School’s new facility Downtown


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Louisiana Cities with the Highest Percentage of People in the Labor Force

1. Lake Charles 64.9%
2. Metairie 64.5%
3. Baton Rouge 64.0%
4 Kenner 63.7%
5. Lafayette 62.6%
6. Bossier City 60.3%
7. New Orleans 60.1%
8. Shreveport 58.4%

Source: report based on the latest Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more.


Tulane and Delgado Sign Transfer Agreement

Delgado Community College graduates now have a clear pathway to continue their studies for a bachelor’s degree at Tulane University thanks to an agreement that was signed by both institutions Jan. 31.

Delgado graduates who complete associate of arts degrees in business, criminal justice, humanities, social sciences or associate of sciences degrees in physical sciences or biological sciences may now transfer up to 60 credit hours toward the completion of a degree through Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement in applied computing, exercise science, general legal studies, digital design, public relations, health and wellness, homeland security studies, humanities or social sciences. 

Students who complete Delgado degrees in fields other than those specified in the agreement will have their coursework individually evaluated for transferability.

“The rate at which we are displacing native New Orleanians who can no longer afford to live in their homes is extremely alarming and it affects each and every one of us. I look forward to continuing to work together with the council and administration to ensure the needs of the community are met through safe, equitable and affordable housing policies.”

Andreanecia Morris, executive director of HousingNOLA expressing the support of her organization for the New Orleans City Council’s passage of Resolution R-19-63 in early February. The resolution asks for Louisiana to study the feasibility of creating a tax exemption for homeowners whose assessed property value has increased by 100 percent or more in the course of one year. Co-authored by Councilmembers Banks, Palmer and Nguyen, the resolution supports the HousingNOLA 10 Year Strategy and Implementation Plan and acknowledges the need for provisions to mitigate costs associated with increasing property values.


SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

On April 2, classes begin for the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative, a free federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities.

Classes will be held over the course of seven months at Herzing University in Kenner. Participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community. The initiative Includes more than 100 hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and online registration, visit:


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