If you thought the Big Easy was underwater, think again. Charismatic New Orleans — or NOLA as it’s affectionately known — is the “comeback kid.” Just twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Habitat for Humanity and the infamous music and vibrant arts scene helped generate $7 billion in 2015 tourism revenues. And along with lots of start-ups, the city is open to fresh creativity and new thinking.
A non-stop celebration, NOLA attracts a hip, young, creative demographic with uniqueness, haute culture, killer Creole + Cajun cuisine, historic architecture, “joie de vivre,” live music, plentiful art, seafood, affordable housing, multi-cultural stimulation and friendly people.
Solomon Group, specializing in entertainment, design and production, is on Inc Magazine’s Top 5000 list for the past three years. With 231 employees, Solomon Group creates live events, themed attractions, broadcast environments, brand activations and archi-tainment projects.
Allied PR is notable for high-quality services: events, conferences, incentives, and major corporate group meetings. Current sales: $3.3 million, from 2012: $1.4 million.
SC Interactive is a leading service provider for online and marketing, SEO, social media tactics. Fast-growing, the company recorded 2015 sales of $2.5 million.
The Big Easy’s location on the Mississippi River and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico make it home port for Ingalls Shipbuilding and Avon Shipyards, employing 4,800 and having a $1 billion impact on the state economy.
Big Easy Living
Unique contemporary urban vibe emanates from the commitment to historic preservation and heavy arts influence. Housing costs for homes and condos as well as rents rival urban hubs like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The $37 million Bell Artspace Campus construction began in April 2016 and in June, plans were unveiled for 7,500 affordable units, including “workforce housing” units for “service workers, artists, culture bearers.”
NOLA’s streetcar system hits most neighborhoods and WalkScore gives most areas of the city a score of 87 for walkability.
Cochon Butcher, a James Bread award-winner is at 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, cochonbutcher.com.
Alan Shaya’s restaurant Shaya was named Best U.S. Restaurant 2016.
Not to be overlooked: Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme.
Rouse’s is locally owned and has the best selection and the best prices. They carry all of the local seasonal favorites — King Cake during Mardi Gras, and boiled crawfish in the Spring.
Jazz and Heritage Festival: April 28- 30,May 4-7
Treme Threaudown: April 29th
French Quarter Festival: April 6-9
So as the Creole saying goes, “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler” or “Let the Good Times Roll.” It’s a phrase that aptly sums up NOLA city spirit as a great place to live!
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