NEW ORLEANS – Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was awarded the Leadership Award for Public Service by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for his outstanding dedication to economic development in New Orleans. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind in the world.
"The Leadership Award for Public Service honors an elected official who has served as an indefatigable champion for economic development for at least 10 years in the public sector, and Mayor Landrieu--much to the benefit of the communities he has served--is the very embodiment of just such a person," said Paul Krutko, IEDC chair.
Under Mayor Landrieu’s Administration, the City of New Orleans has attracted over 4000 new jobs, secured $20 million in small business loans, revamped the city’s disadvantaged business enterprise program and overseen an unprecedented run of international sporting and musical events and festivals to drive the tourism economy, including Super Bowl XLVII, Men’s & Women’s Final Fours, Essence Festival. In 2010, the Landrieu Administration launched the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the city’s first economic development public-private partnership and primary resource for business retention, expansion, and attraction.
NOLABA President and CEO Rodrick T. Miller was also recognized at the IEDC 2013 Annual Conference, receiving the New Economic Developer of the Year Award. With nearly 10 years of experience in economic development, strategic planning, trade and foreign investment, and project finance, Miller has focused NOLABA’s efforts on lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, increasing transparency, and developing strategies for urban economic growth. Within 18 months, NOLABA has advanced state legislation allowing for benefit corporations, developed a policy framework to guide the use of tax incentives in economic development, and attracted more than $120 million in new investment through proactive attraction and expansion of business projects in the New Orleans market.
In 2013, Mayor Landrieu in partnership with the New Orleans Business Alliance, the Office of Economic Development and a group of over 200 public and private sector leaders launched ProsperityNOLA, a strategic plan for economic growth in New Orleans. This publicly-accessible five-year plan lays out the steps to achieve the city’s ultimate vision of making New Orleans economically competitive in a globalized world. Today, a city once marred by one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history has once again become a vibrant and open place for business and tourism.
New Orleans ranks as the fastest growing metropolitan area for employment in the nation by Brookings Institute, and as the nation’s most improved city for business by the Wall Street Journal.
About the International Economic Development Council: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.www.iedconline.org
About the New Orleans Business Alliance: The New Orleans Business Alliance is uniting a diverse community of stakeholders to catalyze job growth, create wealth, and build an equitable and sustainable economic future for the new New Orleans. New Orleans Business Alliance is the official non-profit organization tasked with leading economic development initiatives for the City of New Orleans. To learn more, visit http://www.nolaba.org/