NEW ORLEANS — Imagine it or not, there was time for enterprise between the 2 busy Jazz Fest weekends. Preliminary numbers present that, on Could 3, the tenth annual GiveNOLA Day fundraising occasion collected almost $8 million in donations for a few thousand totally different regional nonprofit organizations. The Larger New Orleans Basis, which organizes the occasion, will launch extra detailed figures quickly.
In bummer information, New Orleans-based offshore transportation firm Harvey Gulf Worldwide Marine introduced that it’s shifting its headquarters out of the Hancock Whitney Constructing (previously One Shell Sq.) within the Central Enterprise District. Third-generation firm proprietor Shane Guidry mentioned crime was a significant factor within the determination. One silver lining: Guidry is just not taking the corporate and roughly 100 jobs to Houston or one other competing market. As an alternative, Harvey Gulf plans to construct a $5 million headquarters on Airline Drive close to Severn Avenue. One parish’s loss is one other’s achieve.
In additional unfavourable information from downtown, particles is falling once more from the deserted Plaza Tower constructing on Howard Avenue. In response, town has closed a avenue out of concern for public security. Proprietor Joe Jaeger is making an attempt to promote the star-crossed 45-story construction, which is the third tallest within the metropolis and state, however Mayor LaToya Cantrell publicly floated the thought of demolition this week. Perhaps town ought to get to that proper after imploding the deserted and moldering former Lindy Boggs Medical Heart just a few miles away in Mid-Metropolis. …
In the meantime, in much less miserable information, the Crescent Metropolis Hospitality Group has signed a contract to function occasion gross sales, catering and hospitality providers for the Audubon Nature Institute. The group, which incorporates Dickie Brennan & Co., has been contracted to offer these providers on the Audubon Tearoom, Audubon Clubhouse, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium.
“We’re devoted to offering an impressive expertise for our company by means of instructional and entertaining experiences at our amenities,” mentioned Audubon Nature Institute President Ron Forman in a press launch. “As we plan for the long run, we wish – and our catering company deserve – a longtime hospitality chief to create and handle incomparable culinary experiences at our one-of-a-kind venues.”
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