About Us

Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a regional economic development alliance serving the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana. Under the leadership of President and CEO Michael Hecht, GNO, Inc. has pursued a two-pronged strategy of business development and product development.

As the region's economic development hub, GNO, Inc. coordinates, consolidates and catalyzes economic development initiatives. The organization's aim is to generate wealth and improve the quality of life in the region.

Attracting and retaining businesses, advocating for policies to improve the competitive climate, and ensuring the availability of a high-quality workforce, GNO, Inc. strives to ensure there is a clear understanding of the supreme opportunities available in the Greater New Orleans region.

GNO, Inc.'s Strategic Principles


The GNO, Inc. mission is to serve as the catalyst for wealth creation in the Greater New Orleans region. GNO, Inc. will accomplish this by pursuing an aggressive agenda of business development - marketing the region and product development - improving regional business conditions through policy, workforce, and research initiatives.


The GNO, Inc. vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family. The ultimate indication of success for GNO, Inc. will be the existence of a robust and growing middle class in Southeast Louisiana.

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