New Orleans, leader and home for best practices

New Orleans, leader and home for best practices

By Alejandra Guzmán

Click para español - New Orleans-Líder y sede de mejores prácticas económicas

When great minds meet, we can expect great ideas to happen. This is why NOLABA, the official economic development agency for the city of New Orleans, has developed a series of events to create social and intellectual settings that connect bright minds from the academic, private and public sectors. 

NOLABA expects to elevate the conversation and find solutions to some of our city’s most pressing issues. Also, through these events, New Orleans will be able to position itself as a city of thought leaders and a home to best practices in economic development. 

The first event within the series will be the Vanguard conference September 12-15, 2018. NOLABA will cohost the conference alongside Next City, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change to improve cities around the world. 

Solving challenges is a multidisciplinary endeavor, which is why leaders with different backgrounds will be selected to participate. About 800 participants have been part of past Vanguard conferences, and they all bring a wide variety of experiences. 

The conference will include workshops, tours and conversations about trends to solve relevant issues around creating better cities. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with organizations to solve local challenges. 

The program will culminate with the Next City Big Idea Challenge where a winning idea will be selected and implemented in New Orleans in the following year. 

Applications for the 2018 Vanguard conference are open until May 31. The application fee is $35, but a reduced early bird fee of $25 is available until April 21st. Visit nolaba.org for more information.

 

 

Alejandra Guzman

Writer/Escritora 

Economic Development/Desarrollo Economico

@aleguzman

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Publisher's Note

Mixing Traditions

It is no cliché. New Orleans has a wonderful mix of traditions that add to the charm of this amazing city. With the holidays in full-swing, we can enjoy holiday-centered, free events like simple walks around traditional neighborhoods to see the elaborate Christmas decorations, Caroling in Jackson Square, attending the gospel and jazz concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church, watching the technological light display during Luna Fête, and visiting the beautifully decorated hotel lobbies in town, among others.

 There is one tradition in Louisiana that is so unique and that I hope to experience this year: The Bonfires on the Levee. Just thinking about seeing the pyres, the fireworks display and its reflection on the river during a cold night and having a warm drink while learning about this tradition from our River Parishes' neighbors sounds like an amazing way to soak in some of the culture around us.

Though the original purpose of the bonfires is unconfirmed, fitting the storyline of Papa Noel following the lights on a pirogue being pulled down river by alligators to deliver presents is such a tale. It involves a mix of many elements that are unique to the culture that has shaped the city of New Orleans.

I just love being able to experience different traditions and learning about the ways diverse groups of people who have made New Orleans their home, celebrate the holidays

Happy Holidays!