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New Orleans Business Alliance Announces Interim President and CEO, Louis David

May 8, 2023

Media Contact:
Valerie Huntley

Malana Joseph Mitchell

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) Board of Directors announced that Vice President of Industry Attraction and RetentionLouis David has been named Interim President and CEO of the organization. 

“I am extremely excited to lead the NOLABA team in our next phase of evolution as Interim President and CEO,” said David. “This is an exciting time for business and economic growth in New Orleans, and I look forward to highlighting those opportunities and our efforts with our community.”

David has been with NOLABA for eight years and leads the organization’s efforts to retain current and recruit new businesses in the technology, manufacturing, trade and transportation industries. Within the past two years, David led the economic development support of Big Easy Bucha’s acquisition by a major Latin American bev-tech company, played a key role in the launch of Propel Park at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, and helped to create and launch the Xbox Studios Game Camp experience in New Orleans, generating tech jobs for our New Orleans workforce.

David has continued to expand NOLABA’s footprint across the nation, connecting with site selectors and hosting them in-person and virtually through the organization’s ongoing Virtual Site Tours, which showcase commercial real estate opportunities in the city. He also leads NOLABA’s signature Real Estate Breakfast Series in partnership with the Urban Land Institute, where industry leaders provide insight and access to the local commercial real estate, construction, insurance, architecture, and design climate. 

“The Board is proud to be a part of the work that NOLABA is doing to make the city of New Orleans a place where all people are financially secure and prosperous through growth, opportunity and eliminating economic disparity. We are grateful to Louis for taking up this leadership role as Interim President and CEO, and we know that he will carry the banner of greatness that this organization exemplifies. Through their work as the public-private partnership for economic development for the City of New Orleans, NOLABA has continued to advocate and be the positive change for economic growth. The NOLABA Board is in full support not only of Louis’ efforts as Interim President and CEO but is fully committed to finding a permanent leader that will take economic development in New Orleans to greater heights,” said Gilbert Montaño, NOLABA Board Chair and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans.

David will assume the role of Interim President and CEO effective immediately, reimagining the legacy and vision of culture, equity and prosperity for all. NOLABA’s Board of Directors has also engaged a national search firm to identify a permanent Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about the New Orleans Business Alliance, visit nolaba.org.


About New Orleans Business Alliance
One of fewer than 80 Accredited Economic Development Organizations worldwide, the New Orleans Business Alliance is the official public-private partnership created to increase economic gains for the city of New Orleans. Through a direct partnership with the City of New Orleans and strong connectivity with the business community, the New Orleans Business Alliance works to ensure the economic security of all New Orleanians by diversifying the local economy, developing local talent, and expanding entrepreneurial opportunity. Through an inclusive economic development strategy, we will create a more equitable and prosperous future for all. Learn more at www.nolaba.org.


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