OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
In New Orleans we have an uneasy relationship with progress. We want to grow, but not like Atlanta. Or Houston. Or Austin. Or pretty much any economically successful Southern city.
One of the battlegrounds where we fight to retain our local identity and accommodate a changing economy is The French Market. A glance at the French Market’s website summarizes the city’s conflict: “3 centuries of history. 6 blocks of shopping.”
The person charged with keeping the country’s oldest market true to 3 centuries of history and keeping 6 blocks of stores busy 7 days a week is French Market Executive Director, Jon Smith.
One of the most obvious changes to the New Orleans economy is our new role as one of the world’s biggest centers of film production. Along with making movies we’re also growing a reputation for marketing movies. The New Orleans Film Festival is in its 25th year, but its only recently that it’s gone from being a locals-only celebration of indie-cinema to a showcase that established filmmakers compete to get into.
Jolene Pinder is Executive Director of both the festival and the New Orleans Film Society.
In the You Heard It Here First segment of the show, Brendan Minard outlines his plans for his new online petcare administration business PetCareLinks.com. You can hear a longer conversation with Brendan, Peter, Jon and Jolene here.