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Absolutely awards as voted by the Wall Street Journal number one most improved in the country by Forbes Louisiana most improved state and Bloomberg just named us number two -- -- America.
You -- -- told me earlier that you off you go to tech.
Blue -- it's remarkable supports had a piece recently on cities that are winning the battle protect jobs number one Silicon Valley and that's like the Yankees winning the World Series everybody expects it.
Number two San Francisco -- -- on the same Silicon Valley.
New war it's hitting it's I mean it's extraordinary but is based on BLS data it's true.
And so we've taken as a city that always was known for embracing the past.
And now we're -- the futures extraordinary turnaround all right -- from -- New Orleans think that tennis Europe -- -- -- city absolutely what you tell me how you did this well a number of factors one thing is that we keep reducing taxes right right now Louisiana.
Is the fourth best in the country in terms of tax -- number two for starting a new business.
Second thing is that regulations always been low in Louisiana were -- right to work -- would always giving the market freedom to operate.
Third and this is I think most important is that after Katrina the business community became involved -- used to abdicate responsibility I would say.
To the political cost and other business community -- And we've taken on all of our problems may accentuate the positive we're eliminating the negative all right now some people so you've got rid of some of you problems.
You -- back to 75%.
Of the population they had before Katrina and essentially you swept out a lot of pull people who -- could've been a problem.
Why actually what I would say is that our regional population is back in 94%.
It's almost the same and if you look at the schools -- in Paris the number of students on free lunch.
Is actually at the exact same level as it was pre Katrina but now our graduation rate New Orleans.
Has passed the national average.
You like Bobby Jindal I don't know of Louisiana he's been a total rock star for Louisiana he absolutely has been its highly unlikely -- usually should side.
To have Republicans in positions -- now in a state like Louisiana.
And I don't know who's in power in New Orleans itself but it doesn't re lean a little bit to the riots Ron Santo -- -- I mean typically nuances and -- democratic stronghold -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Republican -- what's interesting -- -- whether -- Democrat -- Republican.
Everybody's in favor of jobs and what we have now in Louisiana which I think is really our secret weapon.
Is from the governor -- the man down to business leadership there's a unanimity there's an energy and there's an ability that I don't think -- -- -- -- can match and that teamwork in terms of creating jobs.
Is why I think we have a hundred billion dollars of investment are python right now and it's it's a new day for Louisiana if you got the tourists back to the -- as yet I've been there a few times since Katrina doesn't look like that back on the this year we are going to be very close or pre Katrina average.
Next you're mention exceeded -- meant to go towards thirteen million visitors a 2018 the 300 anniversary so.
It some you know what -- Chicago -- Ford said the greatest economic turnaround of our lifetime.
Michael Hecht the breathless boost of New Orleans but not all doing well -- -- you that.
Thanks for joining us.
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