BioDistrict New Orleans: Economic Development Leadership for the New Economy
The unprecedented investment in the physical infrastructure of the District does not guarantee everyone will share in the economic benefit, unless we invest in people too!
Make no mistake, the construction of the new VA-UMC hospitals are important employment centers for the region. In time the Cancer Research and BioInnovation Centers will also make contributions to the employment numbers. Louisiana is already competitive in the bioscience industry. The bioscience industry already employs 13.5% of Louisiana workers! Having that base makes our effort to build a successful hub even more important. It tells us that with a sustained commitment from local, regional, state, political, business and philanthropic organizations the common goal of creating a premier bio hub can be a reality.
The job now is to get everyone committed to help shoulder the load. We need "active" support of the businesses community directly and through their representative organizations i.e., New Orleans Business Council, GNO, Inc., New Orleans Business Alliance and the Downtown Development District.
Here is a breakdown by House and Senate District's
|Click here for a breakdown of Economic Impact of the biosciences by Legislative District|
The holistic approach undertaken by the BioDistrict, connects the construction of the new facilities with local schools, job training programs, seed and venture capital. The current approach has proved to be the successful model. Collaborative Workshops lead to continuity and synergies allowing us to take full advantage of our unique research strengths.
Simultaneously, we are creating an environment that encourages people to innovate and be entrepreneurial in order to increase growth and retain new companies. Theodent, NuMe Health, NanoFax, EMER.Ge and Bioceptive are but a few of the start-up companies that we need to nurture to make sure they develop into thriving small businesses within the District.
Also, no recruitment effort will be successful unless we can answer the fundamental question,"where will my kids go to school?" The District's ongoing activities to develop a new facility for the Math & Science High School and K-9 feeder schools will answer that question. Moreover, it will enable the BioDistrict to emerge as a premier hub on the global landscape and the bioscience industry to flourish in the Southeast Super-Region and throughout Louisiana.
None of this happens without a sustained commitment and financial support. Take the time to write Commissioner Paul Rainwater and LED Secretary Stephen Moret a note stating your support for funding the BioDistrict. Click Here to send a quick email
|BioDistrict Catalytic Projects -- Moving New Orleans into the Future |
University Medical Center foundation is now visible.
Keep an eye on the VA-UMC construction, the large concrete box shaped objects are the foundation caps of the new Diagnostic and Treatment Building.
Watch the 3-D movie of the construction here:
|The new University Medical Center Construction in 3-D|
Click on the photo to see the current construction activity:
University Medical Center Construction Cam
Emerging Leaders Profile
Ms. Melissa Ursin -Restaurant R'evolution
Emerging Leaders are individuals who are working to advance the development of the bioscience industry beyond just new buildings and into actual job creation and economic growth for our city and region.
Melissa Ursin has been promoted to Manager of the highly anticipated new Restaurant R'evolution. A culinary collaboration between award-winning Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, R'evolution opens to the public on June 4th. Ursin's new role utilizes a full range of talents and her extensive experience in the field of Food & Beverage. With over a decade of service in the hospitality industry, Ursin has most recently served as Catering Sales Manager for the landmark Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans. Additionally, during her tenure as Manager of PJ's Coffee Café on Bourbon Street, she was recognized in 2010 as Manager of the Year and is a recipient of the Pioneer Award. Ursin's career is on the path of her legendary grandfather and mentor, the late Jerry Ursin of the famed Fairmont Hotel. As Manager of Restaurant R'evolution, Ursin will oversee lunch service and will support the R'evolution Management Team.
Ms. Ursin is a respected member of the hospitality industry in New Orleans who understands the power of our two industries working together. We are honored to call her a member of the Emerging Leadership with the BioDistrict and biosciences community in Louisiana.
Tulane University School of Medicine and the BioDistrict Execute Memorandum of Understanding
BioDistrict New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine have entered into a two year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support Tulane's Health Disparity Project. The Health Disparity Project seeks to address health disparities, particularly for African-American patients, for head and neck cancer in the Greater New Orleans area while also promoting awareness and early detection of those types of cancer. The BioDistrict is proud to partner with the Health Disparity Project, as this project is in furtherance of our goals to foster collaboration and interaction among researchers, community leadership and institutions. We believe this MOU gets us one step closer to our goal of creating the healthiest, most sustainable community.
BioDistrict New Orleans In The News
Growing brand recognition and product development produces results
NuMe Health Inks $1.5 million in funding
NuMe Health acknowledges the support from BioDistrict New Orleans, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc., Tulane University and the broader ...
COSTCO selects site -- assisted by BioDistrict Master Planning effort
Officials confirmed Costco Wholesale Corp. has confirmed they will be opening a big-box warehouse store at the former Carrollton Shopping Center property across from Xavier University, a BioDistrict member institution. The store will replace an expanse of weeded and cracked parking lots with a 145,000-square foot membership-only warehouse store selling both general merchandise and food.
DID YOU KNOW?
The BioDistrict has all of the essential components to become a premier BioHub!
We are succeeding in creating the positive buzz that will allow us to attract outside investment providing quality, better paying jobs for New Orleanians.
BioDistrict New Orleans has created a special group on LinkedIn called Bio New Orleans where professionals and employers can post job opportunities, discuss research findings or industry trends and network with other professionals in the biosciences industry. The aim is to create a bioscience community.
As of today, we have posted six new job openings and more will follow as the community builds. In five months, more than 300 (up five since the last newsletter) multi-disciplined professionals have joined and started sharing ideas, leads, knowledge and contacts. Some are locals, some ex-pats looking to stay in touch.
This is how clusters are formed, thrive and take on a life of their own.
Are YOU in the game or on the sideline?
RTA Lane/Intersection Closures Announcement:Beginning April 9, 2012
- Elk Place (riverside) between Tulane Avenue and Canal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of 30-45 days. Canal Street-bound traffic will be detoured to O'Keefe Avenue.
- Bus routes 28 M.L.King, 39 Tulane, 51/52 St. Bernard, 57 Franklin, 62 Morrison, 63 New Orleans East Owl, 64 Lake Forest Express, 84 Galvez, 88 St. Claude, 100 Algiers Owl, 101 Algiers Loop, 102 General Meyer and 114/115 General DeGaulle will be affected.
- Loyola Avenue (riverside) between Gravier Street and Tulane Avenue will be open for local access only.
|For more information, please visit www.BioDistrictNewOrleans.org||
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|What will it take to form a successful BIO Hub?
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) says it takes:
- Strong science base
- Ability to attract and/or train a skilled workforce
- Specialized Facilities
- Continuous community and political commitment
- Effective marketing of scientific and business networks
- Effective financing mechanisms and incentives
- Strong ecosystem, i.e., infrastructure and business support services
- Conducive intellectual property environment
- Supportive policy, advocacy and regulatory environment
- Investment in technology transfer and commercialization mechanisms
- Entrepreneurial culture
- Sustainably built environment
- Operating efficiency
It is more than just buildings, it's a commitment to the total ecosystem including open innovation.
A STRONG FOCUSED SCIENCE BASE THAT IS GROWING
POSITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
16 Years and Counting:
#1 - Xavier University graduates more pre-med students that actually attend medical school than any other university in the country!
A wide array of beautifully transformed homes of all sizes, offer flexibility and comfort to anyone, from families to singles. Most of our units are conveniently located in Mid-City, selected for its convenient location to employment opportunities as well as its easy access to public transportation.
CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
PJ's on Poydras 1515 Poydras Street
Ur Way Yogurt & Coffee
in the BioDistrict
3001 Tulane Ave
Shops at the Crescent Club
Great treats and good eats! Free WIFI for customers.
1441 Canal Street
1700 Tulane Ave.
on either the BioInnovation
or the LA Cancer
opportunities and partnerships.
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