However, here are the things that caught my eye, which will form the basis of some serious thinking:
1. "There's vibrancy and intellectual activity," said Dean Taylor, chairman, president and CEO of Tidewater . . ..
2. I find this sentence says a lot:
Houston has 501 public companies and 915 public and private energy firms. The New Orleans region has just 11 public companies, and the local energy sector comprises 45 public and private firms, according to an analysis by the energy-focused investment firm Howard Weil.
3. This is interesting:
"We make it about New Orleans, but it's not really about New Orleans. It's about Houston," said Jeff Parker, president of Howard Weil, which is based in New Orleans. "Houston is the Mecca of the oil business. It is strategically the most important city in the U.S., and probably around the world, as far as the energy4. I want to think about the numerous comments about taxes, tax rates, governmental context, perceived safety, and whether our leadership has "taken care of" energy companies.
business is concerned."
5. Do we really want those companies, who helped gut our wetlands?
6. We still have assets Houston doesn't: convenient size, and more (it won't be easy, but I'll think of something).
7. We need to let Houston be Houston, and we need to be who we are. A lot of the things I don't like about the suburbs/exurbs of New Orleans stem from their leaders trying to be Houston, which they will never be. They will just be an uglier and worse version of it. There are things I like about Houston, but we need to be who we are and complement what they do. Most importantly, our civic building efforts need to be rooted in a confidence and vision about ourselves, not fear/jealousy/hatred about what Houston is.
I wanted to get this down so that I can process it. Now I'm going on a run to eliminate the chest pains and nausea I got from reading and stressing out about some of the things in that article.