The GNO, Inc. team toured Washington Parish on July 28th. Our staff learned about the International Paper Mill, their solar farm, and the MAXIMUS call center. Washington Parish’s economy is dominated by the manufacturing, food processing, retail trade, and services sectors.
On July 23rd, we celebrated the graduation of our first cohort of participants from the GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program. This program teaches the fundamentals of mechatronics, a field that incorporates mechanics, electronics, and computer science with manufacturing to increase efficiency. It was created to address the shortage of mechatronics workers in advanced manufacturing jobs.
On July 15th, New Orleans officially welcomed Breeze Airways to MSY! Breeze will be providing nonstop flights to 10 destinations. This will create 261 new direct jobs and provide more economic development opportunities for New Orleans.
On July 14th our GNO, Inc. team traveled to St John The Baptist Parish. We toured River Parishes Community College, the Port of South Louisiana Executive Airport, and met with local economic and business developers to learn more about the parish’s strengths and weaknesses. St. John has an integrated transportation network that plays an important role in the continued development of the Greater New Orleans Region.
On July 9th, at Scale Workspace, we concluded our HBCU Entrepreneurship Internship Program. This program brought together the local startup community to train the next generation of successful entrepreneurs of color, inspire students to become innovative change-makers and increase the innovation capacity of regional startup firms. It was a huge success and we are so grateful for our students and partners that helped make this possible!