The New Orleans Business Alliance’s Economic Development Ambassador Program provides in-depth insight into the work of growing and diversifying the city’s economy. Because economic development cuts across every industry and impacts the economic security of all New Orleanians, this seven week program convenes experienced professionals in a variety of business sectors to engage participants and produce informed ambassadors for our city.

The program connects participants with industry experts and business leaders across all facets of the economic landscape in New Orleans. Leveraging experiential learning, design thinking, and panel formats, the program pairs data with discussion around issues, opportunities, and plans for New Orleans’ economic future. Program participants are encouraged to engage and contribute to the agenda for the evening. In addition to weekly sessions, the program offers tours of companies and locations that serve as the community’s major economic drivers. The program culminates with group presentations related to session themes.


Economic Development Ambassador Program participants will:

  • Gain valuable insight into the current economic state of the city and the efforts to attract and retain companies, catalyze place-based economic growth, and support local talent;
  • Learn the most effective ways to promote New Orleans through an economic lens;
  • Build relationships with growth-minded professionals and local business leaders;
  • Receive invitations to special events and behind-the-scenes tours;
  • Make a personal difference in the city’s economic vitality and prosperity.


  • Must be at least 25 years old
  • Must live and work in Greater New Orleans
  • Must demonstrate current or past involvement in the community
  • Must be available to participate in the full program


Applications submitted by candidates will be reviewed by a panel comprised of internal New Orleans Business Alliance leadership with experience across sector and industry. Applications will be assessed based on the following elements:

  • Commitment to New Orleans
  • Alignment with the Business Alliance’s vision is to reposition New Orleans as a great American city for business investment, quality of life and economic opportunity
  • Experience that demonstrates interpersonal skills or professional expertise that can be leveraged
  • Community Involvement
  • Two (2) references


Program participation is contingent upon selection following a competitive application process. Participation in the program comes at the cost of $250. The program fee must be paid in full by the date of the first session. Program fees includes all program costs and materials, including meals.

Companies are allowed to subsidize the program fees of any employees who are selected to participate in the program.

Applications for the Fall 2019 class are CLOSED

Please check back in early 2020 for an update on spring applications. 

The deadline to apply is: August 23, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. CT.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions by September 5, 2019.

New Orleans Economic Development Ambassadorship Program – Fall 2019 Session Schedule

Fall 2019 classes will run Wednesday evenings September 25th – October 30th from 5:30 – 8:00. The final session/graduation reception will be held Wednesday, November 7th. Dinner is included at each session.


(Topics subject to change based on speaker availability)

  • Welcome (September 25, 2019)
  • Session 2 (October 2, 2019), Education, Talent & Workforce
  • Session 3 (October 9, 2019), Hospitality, Tourism & Culture
  • Session 4 (October 16, 2019), Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Tech
  • Session 5 (October 23, 2019), Trade & Logistics
  • Session 6 (October 30, 2019), Real Estate Development & Opportunity Zones 
  • Graduation (November 5, 2019)
  • Industry Asset/Enrichment Tours (Throughout program – participants should choose at least 1 to attend), Past tours have included the Port of New Orleans and the WWII Museum

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