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Stanley Thomas Cleanroom facility for creating state-of-the-art material structures. Photo courtesy of Tulane University.

Education

Tulane Offering First Materials Engineering PhD Program in State
 

Applications are being accepted now for the 2017-18 school year for Tulane University’s new materials engineering Ph.D. program. The program studies the structure, properties and processing of materials with a fundamental physics perspective.
 



Tech

The Top 10 Cities for Women in Tech
 

1. Washington DC

2. Kansas City

3. Detroit

4. Baltimore

5. Indianapolis

6. Chandler, AZ

7. New York City

8. New Orleans

9. Denver

10. Fremont, CA

Cities were ranked based on women as a percentage of the tech workforce, gender pay gap, income after housing costs and three year tech employment growth. Women hold 38.1 percent of computer and mathematical occupations in New Orleans, the third-highest ratio of any city in SmartAsset’s study.
 


"These flights are welcomed additions to the service Southwest already offers from New Orleans. We are excited that our largest carrier is continuing to grow in our market."

- Mark Reis, interim director of aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, speaking about Southwest Airlines’ announcement that it will begin seasonal service to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio on April 30. Nonstop routes will run to North Carolina on Fridays and Sundays and Ohio on Sundays. Southwest’s nonstop destinations from New Orleans now number 60.
 



Business

Apply Now to Join LED CEO Roundtables
 

March 31 is the cutoff date for applications for this summer’s CEO Roundtables, presented by Louisiana Economic Development (LED). The roundtables will consist of 15 to 18 qualified, key decision-makers from Louisiana-based small businesses. Starting in July, these businesses will meet for half day sessions over the course of a year ​(10 times) ​for peer-to-peer learning and support through growth oriented, collaborative round table sessions. For more information, and to apply, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com and click under “Incentives” and then “Small Business Programs.”
 



Awards

Corporate Citizenship Awards Announced
 

On Jan. 26 at the Civic Theatre Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted the inaugural Corporate Citizenship Awards recognizing businesses creating job opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers.

Recipients included: LCMC Health, International House, Windsor Court, Chester Electric, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Hilton Riverside and Hyatt Regency.
 



Recovery

Since the August 2016 flooding:


More than $2.3 Billion has been paid in claims by the National Flood Insurance Program

$1.2 Billion in SBA loans have been approved to help businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters (17,223 loans)

$294 million has been obligated for 301 public assistance projects
 



Recent Openings



Whitney Bank Lakeside Branch

On Feb. 9, Whitney Bank’s Lakeside branch at 3060 North Causeway Blvd. in Metairie relocated to a brand new facility directly behind the previous location. The branch boasts numerous technology features including an iPad tech bar for easy online banking access and an interactive conference room with video conferencing technology.
 




The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys opened its newest location at 5001 Freret Street on Feb. 4. The restaurant is the company’s second location in New Orleans, the first opened last June at 301 St. Charles St. in the Central Business District. A blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors, the chain has restaurants in Las Vegas, Houston, Chicago, Manila, Philippines, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 



CC’s Coffee Shop

The first drive thru coffee shop in East Bank New Orleans opened at 2323 Canal Street on Feb. 8. The 1,640-square-foot location cost $750,000 to construct and will provide convenient service to the growing medical corridor.
 




Triton Stone Group

Granite and natural stone wholesaler, The Triton Stone Group, relocated its headquarters to the greater New Orleans region from Southaven, Mississippi, (in the Memphis, Tennessee, area) in late January. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) estimates the project will result in the creation of nine new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 20 new permanent jobs in Southeast Louisiana. The company also plans to add a distribution center at the Port of New Orleans in the second quarter of this year, which will create 12 high-paying jobs ($75,000 +) in the region, bringing the total company size to 225 employees.
 




COMING SOON

Ruby Slipper Café

Following the opening of its new Uptown location Feb. 15 at 2802 Magazine St., Ruby Slipper Café will open its first location in Baton Rouge this spring. The transformation of the former Pei Wei at 3535 Perkins Road in Acadian Village Springs Shopping Center will mark The Ruby Slipper Café’s sixth restaurant in Louisiana.
 



COMING SOON

Get Online NOLA

Digital marketing and social media specialist Get Online NOLA will open its new office on March 29 at 5534 Canal Blvd. Founded in 2013, the company helps small businesses and nonprofits take control of their online presence.




COMING SOON

The Sazerac House

The Sazarac House has purchased two buildings on the corner of Canal and Magazine streets to create The Sazerac House visitor attraction and beverage alcohol museum. The 50,000-square-foot facility will be renovated by Ryan Gootee General Contractors and Trapolin-Peer Architects and is projected to employ 60 people. The completion date is estimated for late 2018.