Author: Drew Hawkins

When It Rains It Pours

Over the last few months, five homeoners insurance companies in Louisiana have become insolvent, and many others have pulled out of the state — discontinuing all of their policies at the end of their coverage period. According to Jim Donelon,…

Silicon Delta

New Orleans is known all across the world for its food, music and unique cultural traditions, but it’s also building a reputation as one of the country’s biggest tech incubators. Last year, multiple local companies made high-profile — and high…

Puff, Puff, Passing On Legislation

There’s been a lot of high-level discussion about medical and recreational marijuana by state and local officials recently, but the smoke hasn’t yet cleared enough to see exactly what the future of cannabis looks like in Louisiana. Some lawmakers say…

Better Together

Big things are happening in the healthcare industry on the Northshore. Industry leaders across the three-parish region have come together to form an initiative called “Northshore Healthscape: A Collaborative Enhancing the Pulse of our Regional Healthcare Economy.” As its name…

Flood Insurance Fiasco

Big changes are coming to flood insurance, and they’ll affect almost everyone in Louisiana. Under FEMA’s Risk Rating 2.0, most current NFIP policy holders in the Greater New Orleans area will receive increases to their flood premiums limited to 18%…

The Northshore IS TOPS for Retirement

What we really need to see in the future is truly affordable retirement and long-term care options. Much education is needed for people who do not yet need these living arrangements to understand their cost and to plan for future…

A Little Hope on Affordable Housing Front

  DID YOU KNOW? Headquartered in New Orleans, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership has been “real estate problem solving” for 14 years with projects from Texas to Florida.   It’s no secret that New Orleans has its fair share of problems,…

No Containing this Battle

  DID YOU KNOW? Louisiana was the fifth largest state exporter of goods in the U.S. in 2018 (the latest information available) according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.   New Orleans has always been involved in…

Out of Your Backyard

  I think short-term rentals don’t belong in residential neighborhoods. That’s why all our buildings are located in the CBD with hotel permitting. Andreas King-Geovanis, CEO and founder of Sextant Stays   If you’re looking for a surefire way to…

Flood Insurance: It Pays to Think Ahead

If you own property in South Louisiana, chances are you’ve noticed that your flood insurance rates keep getting higher and higher. While some of the causes behind the increases are no secret, understanding how and why rates are going up,…

Interest Rate Increases are Coming

Remember when people were scrambling for toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, back in March 2020? Almost two years later, that shift in scarcity of one bathroom item has now spread to a shortage in houses. The supply…

When Opportunity Docks

While the pandemic may have taken a heavy toll on local industries like hospitality, tourism, and even oil and gas, for the state’s maritime industry and Louisiana ports, it may have provided additional opportunities for the region to grow and…

GNOrocs: Developing a strong STEM Ecosystem

When it comes to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM), our region is shooting for the moon. The Louisiana legislature has appropriated millions of dollars to advance regional STEM education efforts throughout the state.  The funding increase is the…

Golden Brew

When it comes to success stories, it doesn’t get any more classically American than Folgers. The company’s founder and namesake, James Folger, moved to San Francisco in the 1850s at the age of 14. He and his brothers, like so…

Angels in the East

In a matter of months, a never-before-seen virus spread from a small region in China to affect every part of the globe, including right here in Eastern New Orleans. The pandemic quickly changed the way we live our lives and…

Legislative Sessions Recap

Senator Eddie J. Lambert - District 18 Senator Eddie J. Lambert represents District 18, which comprises parts of Ascension, St. James, and Livingston Parishes. He’s been serving the people of Louisiana since he was elected to the House of Representatives…

Developing the Next Decade

The dawn of a new decade is a time for both reflection and refocusing, and before Greater New Orleans, Inc. launches into its next era of developing and diversifying Southeast Louisiana’s economy, we’re taking a look back at the incredible…

An Industry on the Rise

One of the primary goals of GNO, Inc. is to provide the residents of Southeast Louisiana with access to well-paying jobs in growing industries, and perhaps no industry is seeing such rapid and significant advances as technology. The evidence of…

A Musical Renaissance in the Birthplace of Jazz

Ask anybody what they know about New Orleans and chances are good that their answer will involve music. The Crescent City is the birthplace of jazz, a place where culture is synonymous with nightlife, live performances and festivals. But for…

Reaching New Heights

The opening of the brand new, state-of-the-art $1.3 billion North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) stands as one of the most striking testaments…

Passion, Experience, Leadership

Monica Morrison didn’t always see herself as an educator. While she was in college, she had dreams of becoming a corporate trainer and traveling around the country working in big city high-rises with all of the other corporate suits. On…

The Customer Is Always Right

In October of 2018, the CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Kurt Nagle, announced that he would be retiring by the fall of 2019. The association’s executive committee began their search to fill the big shoes that…