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
  • One (1) reference


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 Spring 2020 class

The deadline to apply is: March 9th, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. CT.

New Orleans Economic Development Ambassadorship Program – Spring 2020 Session Schedule

Spring 2020 classes will run Wednesday evenings April 15th – May 27th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The final session/graduation reception will be held Wednesday, May 27th. Dinner is included at each session.


(Topics subject to change based on speaker availability)

Session 1

NOLABA Overview

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: NOLABA Community Room, 1250 Poydras St., Suite 2150

Session 2


Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Ochsner Health or LCMC Health

Economic Driver Site Visit #1

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Port of New Orleans, 1350 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

Session 3

Hospitality/Tourism/Culture/Neighborhoods and Communities

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard

Session 4

Small Business / Entrepreneurship / Tech Sector

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Seven Three Distilling, 301 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Economic Driver Site Visit #2

Date: May 11, 2020
Time:  5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Session 5

Trade + Logistics

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Speakers: Michael Hecht, Kevin Dolliole and Michelle Ganon
Location: Stone Pigman, 909 Poydras St., Suite 3150, New Orleans, LA 70112

Economic Driver Site Visit #3

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020
Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Dixie Brewery, 3501 Jourdan Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126

Session 6

Real Estate Development/Opportunity Zones and Site Tour

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Site Tour: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Session: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Session 7

Graduation Reception

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

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