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Port of New Orleans Surpasses Half-Million Container Mark for Third Consecutive Year

Port of New Orleans President and CEO Brandy D. Christian positioned the port as a global gateway, highlighting gains in cargo and cruise volumes in 2017, at the annual State of the Port address Nov. 9.

“Experts are projecting a 750,000 TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent units) increase in volume through Port NOLA in 2017, mostly fueled by the exports of petrochemical resins produced in Louisiana,” Christian said. “To offer some local perspective, a half-million TEUs is enough to fill every cubic foot of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome more than five-and-a-half times.”


RDnote Wins BioChallenge Business Competition

New Orleans-based startup RDnote won the $25,000 grand prize at the 2017 BioChallenge pitch competition, an annual business challenge for Louisiana life science startups by The New Orleans BioInnovation Center. RDnote is a digital health startup that helps healthcare providers deliver quality care and receive compensation for effective, customized nutrition interventions with high-risk patients in hospitals and clinics. Four companies pitched in the competition finals Nov. 8 at the Joy Theater, including Instapath, Obatala Sciences and Ready Responders.

As part of the competition the New Orleans BioFund, a micro venture capital fund and subsidiary of the BioInnovation Center, awarded RDnote an additional $25,000 investment prize. Audience members also selected Instapath via a text vote to win the $2,500 Audience Favorite award.


Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Honored

At the Louisiana International Trade Jubilee — a black-tie celebratory affair and fundraiser benefiting the World Trade Center of New Orleans during Louisiana International Trade Week, (Oct. 30- Nov. 3) — the Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Director Paul Aucoin received this year’s Eugene J. Schreiber Award, established in memory of the late Eugene “Gene” Schreiber. The award honors an individual who demonstrates exceptional knowledge and leadership in promoting international trade policy for the benefit of the State of Louisiana.

Additionally, Aucoin received the World Trade Center of New Orleans’ highest honor, The Order of the Plimsoll Mark, for his contribution to world peace, trade and understanding.

Other awards presented that evening were: SPF Depot of Bossier City, Louisiana, received the Award for Excellence in International Trade and Janine Mansour, commercial director for the Port of New Orleans, was the recipient of the Young and Emerging Leader Award.

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"We’ve got to get the mayor out of the law enforcement business."

Christopher L. Roberts, Jefferson Parish Council Chairman, Councilman-at-Large, Division A, speaking at the State of Jefferson on Nov. 7., regarding advice he would give to the incoming mayor of New Orleans. Roberts added that he’d also like to see the Sewerage and Water Board privatized.

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