Since 2005, New Orleans has come to represent a true 21st Century example of how an American city can face extreme challenge, survive and then emerge leaner, stronger and better. Or…has it?
In this next session of The Big Issue, we tackle this question head on. Is New Orleans a truly transformed city, represented by real, positive change? Is it a template of success and regeneration for the rest of the country? Or…is it experiencing post-crisis boom and bust?
We ask this question with a real sense of purpose: If New Orleans has truly transformed, what are the lessons? Can the city act as a model of excellence and reach out to other American and global cities that have faced crisis? In a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world, New Orleans may just be the model of the future.
To explore this, we have assembled a stellar line-up of participants for a debate where we ask these challenging questions and seek to build a working consensus that we can all share and build upon.
Doors open at 7:00, event begins at 7:30
Greg LaRose: Editor, New Orleans City Business
Andrea Chen: Co-Founder and Executive Director, Propeller
Rodrick Miller: President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
Gregory Rusovich: CEO, Transoceanic Trading and Development Company
Gordon Russell: Managing Editor, Investigations, The New Orleans Advocate
Jeff Schwartz: Executive Director, Broad Community Connections
Twitter: @the_big_issue Refreshments: There will be a cash bar serving beer and wine