GNO Inc. Annual Meeting: Why New Orleans is a Great Place to Locate Your Startup

GNO Inc held their annual meeting at the Sheraton yesterday to demonstrate to the few hundred people in attendance how their organization is driving economic development. Their current initiative focuses on regionalism and the Greater New Orleans area (hence the “G” in their name).

To compete with major cities like Houston, Charlotte, and Atlanta, the New Orleans region must compete. GNO Inc defines the region as Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines. With so many parishes, there’s a wide range of job, recreation, and residential opportunities available.

GNO Inc shared the 2011 Rankings the region received, and it’s quite impressive.

Top 20 Economic Development Groups in the U.S. – Site Selection

#1 Most Improved on “Best Cities for Business” – Wall Street Journal

#1 Co-Major Market of the Year – Southern Business & Development

#1 State of the Year – Southern Business & Development

#1 Top Cities for Information Jobs in the U.S. – Forbes

#1 America’s Biggest Brain Magnet – Forbes

#1 2010 State Competitiveness Award – Site Selection

#1 Top City for Young Entrepreneurs 2011 – (We didn’t even make this list in 2010)

#2 Best Big Cities for Jobs – Forbes

#2 State for Economic Growth Potential – Business Facilities

#2 Most Competitive for Start-ups – Tax Foundation + KPMG

#3 Governor’s Cup Rankings – Site Selection

#16 Best Cities for Families –

Top 5 Logistics/Distribution/Shipping Hubs – Business Facilities

Still think New Orleans is nothing more than Bourbon Street; incredible, unique food; Jazz Fest; live, local music; the Saints; the Hornets; and Mardi Gras? Well, that’s not all we got.

Sorry I couldn’t find links for all of them. If you can pass one along, please do so in the comments.