It’s Wednesday, May 22 and 7:29am in Downtown New Orleans.
BIG BUSINESS. SMALL NEIGHBORHOODS.
Only in New Orleans does a rich, colorful past, raw authenticity and highly charged, progressive energy logically come together to create an environment unlike any in the world. Yet, it’s not for everyone. For those, however, who find beauty and perfection in this place, New Orleans offers unparalleled opportunities. For artists, filmmakers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and visionaries of any kind, it’s like nowhere else to live and pursue a dream.
FOUNDERS RANDY CROCHET, BROCK FILLINGER, ROBBIE VITRANO
Specializing in a healthy, organic version of the traditional high-fat fast food, Naked Pizza is a leader in what Forbes calls the “Renaissance on the Mississippi.” The company, which employs 40 employees at its New Orleans headquarters, expects to have over 70 franchises by the end of the year.
NOVATE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES
Remember Will Kethman’s name, because one day you might very well be reading about him as a leader in global health. His patented device, SafeSnip, will be the flagship product of NOVate Medical Technologies, Kethman’s company that will be a tenant at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center on Canal Street.
ANDREW PLUMLEE, JAMESON QUAVE, NEEL SUS
Touch Studios, headquartered in Downtown New Orleans, was recently named “Innovator of the Year” at the Governor’s 2011 LTC Technology Awards for their App Maker iPhone creation platform. They have also developed Facebook and mobile apps for Apple and LSU Football.
HOME BASE: DOWNTOWN
LOUIS FAUST AND AJSA NIKOLIC
Insurance broker Louis Faust and Dr. Ajsa Nikolic, owner of the New Orleans Urgent Care clinic in the Warehouse District, recently bought the Homebase building (former headquarters of Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire) and renovated it into an ultra modern, one-of-a-kind home with retail space on the ground level.
DUMONDE VISUAL EFFECTS
DOTAN BONEN, HELENA PACKER, RICHARD EDLUND
Hollywood, meet New Orleans. Celebrity bodyguard turned local real estate developer Dotan Bonen stands with Helena Packer-Burnson and Academy Award winner Richard Edlund of duMonde Visual Effects at 826 Baronne Street. Packer and Edlund moved the full service visual effects company to Downtown NOLA.
CREATIVITY LIVES HERE
GARY SOLOMON, JR., MARTINE CHAISSON, BLAKE HANEY
Gary Solomon Jr., Martine Chaisson and Blake Haney are three of the young stars of the Creative Class Downtown. They are pushing the bounds of creative culture in New Orleans, and leading the way for other young entrepreneurs who want to make a mark in the visual arts and digital media communities.
PJ'S & RUBENSTEINS
SHAWN BREAUD, ANDRE RUBENSTEIN, SHANE SONGY
Andre Rubenstein, owner of Rubensteins classic department store, became familiar with Shane Songy & Shaun Braud several years ago when the friends from Chalmette approached him about opening a PJ’s Coffee in his neighboring property. Today, the three represent Canal Street’s grand history and bright future.
WHY IT WORKS
With an environment that breeds creativity and collaboration, it’s no wonder Downtown New Orleans is the largest employment center in New Orleans.
62,000 people report to work here each day, transforming the area into America’s next hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and imagination.
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Downtown is 1.2 walkable square miles
Downtown Clean Teams work around the clock, making it one of the cleanest downtowns in the country.
Downtown's population has doubled in the past 10 years to 5,100 residents. It is expected to double again by 2020.
"The transformation that's taking place in New Orleans both socially and economically is stunning." World Trade 100 Magazine
Louisiana ranked #1 State of the Year Southern Business & Development
New Orleans tops New Geography's list of "America's Biggest Brain Magnets" NewGeography.com
New Orleans ranked #1 Most Improved on "Best Cities for Business" Wall Street Journal Marketwatch
New Orleans named one of the 15 Coolest North American Cities MSN Travel