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March 2023

Free – $10.00

Hospitality Investment in New Orleans: Preserving New Orleans’ Future, a speaker series

Jayson Seidman, developer of The Drifter, Hotel St. Vincent and the newly renovated Columns Hotel, has embarked on two new projects: a new-construction hotel on St. Charles Avenue and a project in the French Quarter near Jackson Square. Seidman has invested in several other places, including Marfa, Tex., Austin and New York City. So, why does he continue to invest in New Orleans? What promising metrics does he see that gives him confidence in our city’s future success?   About…

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April 2023

Free – $10.00

The Future of Wind Energy in Louisiana: Preserving New Orleans’ Future, a speaker series

Rebecca Conwell, president and CEO of the UNO Research and Technology Foundation, will share the exciting activities taking place at The Beach, particularly the creation and launch of the Louisiana Wind Energy Hub at UNO. The Hub leverages UNO’s long established expertise in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, traditional engineering disciplines and environmental sciences with the needs of the exciting emerging offshore wind industry to accelerate the growth of the state’s wind energy innovation ecosystem. About Rebecca Conwell In 2020,…

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May 2023


History on the menu, investment in the restaurant industry: Preserving New Orleans’ Future, a speaker series

The Chloe

History on the Menu: Robert LeBlanc, founder and chief executive officer of LeBLANC + SMITH, a hospitality group, is known for embracing New Orleans’ historic architecture as he creates authentically atmospheric restaurants, bars and hotels. From The Chloe Hotel on St. Charles Avenue to Sylvain restaurant in the French Quarter to Barrel Proof Bar in the Lower Garden District, LeBlanc’s businesses offer the sophistication and high-level food and drink experience one expects in New Orleans. Despite his lauded successes, LeBlanc…

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