“TREEmendous” Organizations In Our Region

This past weekend, we celebrated Earth Day, an annual day dedicated to encouraging conversation and engagement around environmental sustainability. Stirling Properties is a proud supporter of numerous environmental programs right here in the Gulf South region. Their work is critical to our success and makes our communities—where we live and work—stronger. In addition to corporate support, …

President’s Message: The Death Knell of Retail Real Estate Is Exaggerated

I am sure you have all read attention-grabbing news headlines such as these and share the same concerns regarding the future of retail real estate. In this new era of constant access to millions of digital media streams, dramatic headlines cut through the clutter and generate more attention. Drama sells. But despite all the negativity …

Forward New Orleans Coalition Releases Final Municipal Progress Report

Forward New Orleans (FNO) is a broad coalition of 25 civic, neighborhood, and business organizations. The group is tasked with creating an issues-based platform designed to educate voters and engage candidates for mayor and city council in seeking to identify and implement best practices that will improve opportunities and the quality of life for the …

New Orleans is returning to the global stage

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending GNO, Inc.’s annual meeting appropriately themed “GNO Global.” The event focused on the reflection of New Orleans’s “global past, present progress, and world-class future.” New Orleans was once the most diverse city in the country—the largest in the South—and served as a premier export metropolis. But during …

President’s Message: The Year of Possibility!

Last year, around this time, I wrote a message about being prepared during times of uncertainty. Little did I know then how prophetic those words would really be during 2016. And now, as we cautiously welcome 2017, we face even greater uncertainty in our industry—and the country as a whole. So, being prepared is even …

Debunking E-Commerce Myths

We’ve recently heard of fake news stories, hoaxes, and fabricated plots that have permeated headlines lately—and, unfortunately, the negative consequences that some have caused. One such fictitious headline that’s running rampant is “the death of the shopping mall” and countless more tales of online sales putting brick-and-mortar stores out of business. But the reality is …

British Airways to connect London & New Orleans with nonstop flights

This morning, British Airways announced it was initiating a direct flight between New Orleans and London. This is truly a “game changer” for our region and a confirmation about the outlook for the Gulf South economy. The effort to bring British Airways back was years long and required presenting a strong regional business support throughout …

President’s Message: Do Something.

Lately, there are days when it is extremely challenging for me not to get discouraged and disgusted by the barrage of tragic news continuously pouring in from around the world, our country, and most recently, our great state of Louisiana. Increasing violence, deafening angry voices, and escalating hatred are sadly becoming the new normal and …

GNO, Inc. awarded the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development by Site Selection Magazine

Site Selection Magazine awarded Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development. The Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development recognizes the top economic development agencies of the previous year in both metropolitan and micropolitan areas. The criteria used to select the recipients includes the total number of …