As New Orleans celebrates her 300th birthday, those who love the city are asking questions about what it will take for the next 300 years to be New Orleans’ best years. Central to addressing that question is determining what kind of economy our city will have. Further, will that economy work for all New Orleanians, independent of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or birth ward?
Economic development matters only because people matter. NOLABA approaches economic development in a holistic manner using pillars of business friendliness, talent and workforce, and place-making, keeping our mission to achieve economic equity and sustainability for all New Orleanians at the forefront.
International Economic Development Week, #EconDevWeek, was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase quality of life. NOLABA is a pioneer in building a holistic economic development strategy, and we are celebrating our nationwide example during Economic Development Week - May 7-12, 2018.
NOLABA connects New Orleanians with the support and resources they need to achieve economic prosperity. This includes providing information for small businesses like local resource providers, certification opportunities, and a strong, talented workforce. In a series of small business spotlights, we’re highlighting New Orleans businesses who use these resources to grow their businesses in the city. Big Easy Bucha is the largest commercial kombucha brewery in the Gulf South (located at 4040 Euphrosine Street), and founders Alexis Korman and Austin Sherman explain why they've chosen to tap into New Orleans' STRIVE alumni population to grow their workforce.
NOLABA values talent as a key driver of economic growth. Alejandra Guzman explains how our organization takes a people-centered approach by combining workforce development strategies into business attraction and retention.
Digital data services company iMerit announced downtown New Orleans as the location for its first U.S. delivery center on April 24, representing another victory for New Orleans' technology scene. In the New Orleans location, employees are supporting innovative companies with needs in Spanish and English Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and U.S.-based customer service needs.
NOLABA connects New Orleanians with the support and resources they need to achieve economic prosperity. This includes providing information for small businesses like local resource providers and certification opportunities. In this small business spotlight, we highlight Maryam Uloho, a formerly incarcerated individual who opened her own thrift store in Greater New Orleans, Sister Hearts, to help other citizens re-enter society after prison terms.