Thursday, July 30, 2009

World Class Innovation and Collaboration in NOLA

Entrepreneur magazine already featured our city on its cover this month, and now the New York Times has picked up the story too.

I am most inspired by these lines:

“The thing about this city, like no other — everybody wants everyone to succeed,” said Seema Sudan, the owner and director of design at the knitwear company LiaMolly, who moved to New Orleans in October 2007. “I have never been in a place that is so community-oriented,” she
said. “Competitive gets you nowhere. It’s about being collaborative. And this city is so like that, from the people helping each other rebuild their homes to building businesses.”

She said she also appreciated the quality of life, and the fact that she paid $800 for a 900-square-foot studio in the Garden District, and $1,800 for a three-bedroom apartment with a yard and tree house.

Two years into his project, Mr. Cummings remains enthusiastic.

“I am blown away by the caliber of talent,” he said. “It’s a thriving creative culture of invention. And it is growing every day.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's a Bad Day for NOLA When Shelley Midura Steps Back

I'm an unapologetic fan of Shelley Midura.

This is a bad day for World Class New Orleans.

She's World Class.

I liked her anyway, but I had the privilege of attending a lunch at the World Trade Center when the Ambassador from Saudi Arabia to the United States visited New Orleans.

Shelley welcomed him in a two or three minute speech IN ARABIC.

World Class.

I wish she'd run for mayor.