No Summer Slowdown Here!

Publisher’s Note

This month I want to focus on a few shout-outs and congratulations.

First, congratulations to Jerry Bologna and JEDCO — especially the finance team — on the ribbon cutting event and opening of their new finance center, a great compliment to Churchill Technology & Business Park. This asset is open and ready to help your business, so visit for more information.

While on JEDCO’s website, make sure you check out the Prosper Jefferson seminars — a collaboration with the Jefferson Chamber. This month’s seminars focus on advertising and online marketing.

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If you attend Prosper Jefferson on June 29, you can end your day with the New Orleans Chamber at The Sazerac House at a Chamber After 5 event. Register and learn more at

Back to the Jefferson Chamber, congratulations to the Jefferson Leadership class of 2022 as they finish this year’s program. Our very own Ashley McLellan, editor of New Orleans Magazine, is a graduate this year and we are very proud. The chamber is now accepting applications for the class of 2023. You can apply online at

Moving over to the Northshore, St. Tammany Chamber has its Business After Hours at the Northshore Food Bank on June 9. Learn more and register at

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Over in St. Bernard, the chamber there has a membership open house at Round 2 Reloaded on June 6 where attendees can visit with members, staff and the board. Registration is at

As you can see, even in the heat of the summer, business doesn’t take a break. In fact, our regional economic development organization, GNO, Inc., is traveling this month to Rhode Island for a visit to Block Island Wind Farm. This three-day trip includes visits to innovation hubs and conversations with wind and renewable companies. The idea is to bring back best practices so that one day we can create an offshore wind farm right off the coast of Louisiana.

I wrap up my column with a note about our New Orleans 500. The 2023 edition, produced by our nationally award-winning Biz team, is under way and next year’s list looks even better than the first. If you have a last-minute recommendation for an influential, involved and inspiring executive time is of the essence — the list is closing soon. Visit and click on BIZ 500 for more details and to access the nomination form.

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Enjoy your summer, and I hope to see you at a business event soon.


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Todd Matherne
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Renaissance Publishing

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