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Sacramento Metro Chamber looks to New Orleans for answers

Sacramento Bee | July 29, 2011

A Sacramento Metro Chamber team announces plans for a “study mission” to New Orleans to study that area’s economic comeback just six years after Hurricane Katrina.


By Mark Glover, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento Metro Chamber team will head to New Orleans this fall to study the Crescent City’s economic comeback just six years after Hurricane Katrina.

The chamber’s annual “Study Mission” is set for Oct. 4-7.

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson also are scheduled to make the trip.

Besides looking into new New Orleans’ economy, meeting community leaders and visiting nonprofits, the chamber team also plans to study Now Orleans’ flood-protection systems and disaster preparedness.

New Orleans has been a hotbed of business startups, some of them targeting recovery efforts still ongoing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Chamber officials also noted that film companies have flocked to New Orleans as a result of incentives and tax credits developed in collaboration with Louisiana government officials and various jurisdictions in that state.

“The story we are going to investigate in New Orleans is how leaders coalesced to create a new economic ecosystem,” said Martha Lofgren, the local chamber’s interim president and CEO. “Similar collaborative efforts can help Sacramento rebound from economic adversity and also teach us how to avoid the economic consequences of natural disasters.”

Over the past 13 years, chamber missions have taken local officials to cities throughout the nation.


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