New Orleans area business leaders targeting advanced manufacturing opportunities
Regional business leaders are setting their sights in the year ahead on developing and growing local opportunities in advanced manufacturing, an industry that could employ skilled and well-paid workers.
That was the takeaway Monday from Greater New Orleans Inc.’s annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The regional economic development group’s incoming chairwoman, Tara Hernandez, told more than 1,000 business leaders and city officials that the group’s efforts would include leveraging existing partnerships or entering new ones to create jobs in that sector.
Hernandez, president of JCH Development, a local real estate development firm that specializes in converting underutilized real estate into residential, commercial and mixed-use redevelopment projects, rattled off a few area employers that could help reach that objective, including Bollinger Shipyards, agricultural giant Monsanto and defense contractor Textron.