For many months, New Orleans has been planning, working, setting up, cleaning up, and fixing everything in order for the city to be ready to host Super Bowl XLVII. Not only are Super Bowls huge events to be watched around the world, this one landed right in the middle of Carnival season, backing right up to Mardi Gras. I’m not sure if the nation understands how much has gone into having this flood-ravaged city just eight years ago ready to be front-and-center for the world to judge.
New Orleans isn’t a perfect city and they did make a huge blunder with the lights going out for over a half hour during the most watched game in the United States. Regardless, I’m still very happy with this city, it’s progress, and with all the people who care so much about it. Its amazing to see all this progress when less than eight years ago, many people were wondering why people even wanted to rebuild New Orleans.
I wanted to share this article written by the Wallstreet Journal on February 1, 2013. It’s titled, “The Real Super Bowl Winner: Why New Orleans has come back better after Katrina.” It gives New Orleans the credit it deserves for all the work the people of this city have done over the years after the storm.
I’m truly hoping the Super Bowl “Blackout Gate” doesn’t cast a shadow over the rebirth and optimism of New Orleans as it did the Super Dome. I think the press circuit should just stay through Mardi Gras, relax, and join the party instead of finding something to be negative about.
New Orleans’ Positives:
GNO, Inc has created a memorandum I think people might find interesting about the business climate here in New Orleans. Being a business owner here, I agree with most of these stats. Read the PDF here on GNO, Inc’s website.
Statistics, Testimonials, Awards, and Rankings
GNO, Inc. has helped to drive and promote broad third-party recognition over the past two years, repositioning the Greater New Orleans region and Louisiana as outstanding places to live and work:
- Greater New Orleans was the #1 Most Improved Metro on the 2011 “Best Cities for Business” list, moving up 44 spots from 2010
Economic Development / Business Conditions
- GNO, Inc. ranked as #2 Economic Development Organization in the U.S. (tied) [Business Facilities]
- Louisiana is the Most Improved State in the Nation [Chief Executive magazine]
- Louisiana was selected a Top Ten State for Overall Tax Competitiveness [Tax Foundation + KPMG]
- Louisiana placed 3rd in the Governor’s Cup Rankings [Site Selection]
- Louisiana was ranked as the #4 Most Competitive State [New Geography]
- Louisiana was ranked #6 on the list of Top States for Doing Business [Area Development]
- Louisiana has risen 19 spots on the “Best States for Business” ranking since 2008, the largest gain made by any state during that time period [Forbes]
- Louisiana was named in the top 5 states for Best Business Climate [Business Facilities]
- Louisiana was named number one state for Economic Growth Potential, Workforce Training, and Digital Media Leaders [Business Facilities]
Talent / Workforce
- New Orleans was ranked #1 on the list of “America’s Biggest Brain Magnets” for attracting people under 25 with college degrees [Forbes]
- New Orleans MSA was named the #2 Best Big City for a Job [Forbes]
- Greater New Orleans was ranked #2 Employment Market in the Country [Manpower]
- New Orleans was ranked the Top City for Young Entrepreneurs 2011 [Under30CEO.com]
- New Orleans Leads the USA by 30% in number of startups-per-capita [Federal Reserve Bank]
- Louisiana is #2 State in the USA to Start a Company [Tax Foundation + KPMG]
Quality of Life
- New Orleans was ranked #5 destination in Top U.S. Cities in the U.S. & Canada [Travel + Leisure]
- New Orleans was named “America’s Best City for School Reform” [Thomas B. Fordham Institute]
- New Orleans was included at #16 on the 2011 Best Cities for Families list [Parenting.com]