Out to Lunch

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

L.E.D.G.E. April 16, 2015

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we’re now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you’d like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They’ve been quoted as saying “New Orleans is becoming the hub of the South.” And they’re putting their money where their mouth is. In downtown New Orleans, in the Place St Charles building, GE Capital Technology Center has 70,000 square feet of office space. They’re hiring 300 IT experts in all kinds of fields of advanced technology. And they’ve put Chief Information Officer Mike de Boer in charge of the entire operation. 

secretary moret, mike deboer

A company the size of GE doesn’t just stick a pin in the map and hope things work out down in New Orleans. The groundwork for this massive of an investment involves interactions with all kinds of people who benefit from GE’s investment - among them the State of Louisiana. The health of the State – and the well-being of all of us - to some extent rests on our economic development. And that ultimately rests on the shoulders of the Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development – Stephen Moret. 

secretary stephen moret

GE is making a big investment here and are believers in a bright business future for New Orleans. Under Stephen Moret’s leadership of the LED, the State is also invested in GE’s success here. That means if you're a Louisiana citizen you’ve got a stake in all this too. On this edition of Out to Lunch find out what you, GE, and the State have going on together.

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