A Holistic Economic Development Approach that Trascends Time

A Holistic Economic Development Approach that Trascends Time

By Alejandra Guzman Cooper

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A HOLISTIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT APPROACH THAT TRASCENDS TIME

Economic development promotes well-being, enhances quality of life, and provides opportunities to develop human potential.

Creating the right conditions is a complex task that requires the participation of various sectors within our community, and a holistic and deliberate approach that should be focused on people.

This holistic approach to economic development recognizes that there are participants who interact and work together within a system. Businesses and other sources of employment, the workforce, and infrastructure are some of these participants. Although they function independently, their continuous collaboration and interaction is required for their combined development.

Economic development matters only to the extent that it touches and changes the lives of all citizens. Cities that succeed in attracting financial and human capital acquire the ability to expand access to economic opportunity for their residents.

It is important to consider that development requires intentional action from multiple generations to allow change and opportunities to reach all communities.

Fortunately, there are economic development organizations dedicating their efforts to accomplishing this very task, and the New Orleans Business Alliance is an example of such organizations.

The New Orleans Business Alliance, NOLABA, was established in 2010 as the official economic development partnership for New Orleans. NOLABA's goal was to allow for long-term visions for the city to develop and for the work that goes into realizing them to transcend administrations.

With the inauguration of Mayor LaToya Cantrell on May 7th, 2018, the mission of NOLABA has taken full effect.

Within the context of this administrative transition, NOLABA will host The State of the New Orleans Economy Address, featuring a keynote from the new Mayor of New Orleans. Mayor Cantrell will share her plan to create an inclusive, equitable economic environment that will allow for New Orleans's growth and will benefit residents in all neighborhoods. The event is open to the public. You can learn more about the event by visiting www.nolaba.org.

Until next time!

Alejandra Guzmán

Twitter @aleguzman

The New Orleans State of the Economy hosted by NOLABA will be postponed to later this year. More information on the new date will be posted via nolaba.org

 

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!