Ochsner Innovation Stage
Since Michael Hecht joined GNO, Inc. in June 2008, New Orleans has racked up an impressive set of wins, including more than 77 new companies drawn to the region and $30 billion in new investment. In addition to helping to rewrite national flood insurance and bringing the first nonstop flight from New Orleans to Europe since 1982, GNO, Inc. played a substantial role in both 2018’s No. 1 and No. 2 stories of the year — the purchase of Avondale Shipyard and the opening of DXC Technology, the biggest economic development job win in Louisiana’s history. Under Hecht’s leadership, GNO Inc. has formed a truly comprehensive plan for the region’s economy, including work on coastal restoration and managing water resources, reformation of the state’s tax and budget structure, and tackling criminal justice reform. There is no better way to begin the NOEW Summit than to hear from Michael Hecht about the State of the Digital Economy and New Orleans's Innovation Ecosystem.