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Mar 2, 2010, 10:32 PM
New Orleans Mitch Landrieu Can Boost Technology With Economic Development Task Force



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Today could jumpstart the future of New Orleans. Sounds profound, I know, but for many reasons, it’s true. Today, New Orleans mayor-elect, Mitch Landrieu will be announcing his economic development transition team. Technology is subsumed within economy development. During the first days of the dot com revolution and the years afterwards, the city leaders failed to fully take advantage of this part of the world’s economy. Under Mayor Ray Nagin, New Orleans’s government did become technology-friendly, but, Nagin missed the chance to really elevate technology and economic development.

Nagin did push the digital media law which has become greatly expanded with the help of Governor Bobby Jindal, Stephen Moret and Greater New Orleans Inc. But, with technology and the Internet playing such an incredible force in our worldwide economy, it is now time for New Orleans to take a lead like never before. After all, New Orleans is reinventing itself.

It has youth immigration. It is the gateway to the Americas. It enjoys the type of lifestyle that attracts this industry. Years ago, I said that New Orleans can and should be the Digital Media Capital of the world. Now with the new law in place with the biomedicine corridor taking off and with so many other component parts operating, the city can be make major inroads in this area of the economy. Mitch Landrieu is going into office with a unique perspective. He has had the benefit of being the Lt. Governor and has been the champion of the new economy statewide. Much of that new economy deals directly with technology.

As Landrieu takes office there is also the new Google Fiber Initiative where numerous individuals and organizations are quickly coming together to compete against many cities for super-high-speed Internet in the city. Landrieu so far has displayed great energy in understanding the initiative and I am sure will move forward as he deems appropriate.


Mar 3, 2010, 4:20 PM
Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu appoints 30 to New Orleans economic development panel

March 02, 2010

By Frank Donze


Read More: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/03/mayor-elect_mitch_landrieu_app.html

New Orleans needs more hard work and attention to detail -- not quick fixes -- to improve its economy, Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday as he introduced a 30-member citizen panel that will help craft his administration's blueprint for business growth and retention.

"There's nothing that's going to be easy,'' said Landrieu, who was surrounded by more than two dozen community leaders he described as among the city's best and brightest. "The basics and the fundamentals here are all tough.

"And I don't want to continue to beat a dead horse, but if the city's not safe, it's going to be very hard to bring anybody here. If the schools don't teach, it's going to be hard to recruit companies to come.''

Mar 4, 2010, 2:20 PM
It seems that Landrieu is off to a great start. I just hope he can deliver unlike his predecessor.