Dardenne leads economic mission on NYC
POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — This week, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is leading a Committee of 100 economic mission to New York City.
Delegates include business leaders and economic development professionals who met with business and opinion leaders in the financial, international business and government sectors to discuss Louisiana’s extraordinary business environment including its burgeoning oil and gas, tourism and seafood industries.
“I am thrilled to lead this diverse mission to encourage economic development and travel to Louisiana,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “Highlights of the trip include visiting the NYSE the day Twitter went public, lending our disaster recovery knowledge to New York and New Jersey leaders still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and hosting a Louisiana Seafood reception for more than 200 people featuring Louisiana Seafood King and Queen Cody and Samantha Carroll.”
The delegation met with more than 20 different organizations including Federal Reserve Bank NY, Morgan Stanley, Forbes, AIG, JP Morgan Chase, S&P, Huffington Post, NYSE, NYMEX and The New York Times.
“We have had a successful time this week in New York and have made some valuable connections with business and opinion leaders in the city,” Michael Olivier, Committee of 100 CEO, said. “We look forward to returning home and continuing to nurture these relationships which will hopefully result in economic development opportunities in Louisiana.”
The itineraries for the economic mission included packed meeting schedules for delegates Tuesday through Thursday. The following is an overview of Lt. Governor Dardenne’s meeting schedule:
Tuesday: Morgan Stanley, Moody’s and AIG
Wednesday: UK Consul General Danny Lopez, New York and New Jersey disaster recovery officials, S&P, The New York Times travel editor, Goldman Sachs and a Louisiana Seafood reception
Thursday: NYSE, Conde Nast, Bon Appetit and an oil and gas industry reception
“We have had several successful meetings this week touting Louisiana’s proven economic vitality,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “In addition, I met with some of the most influential people in the travel writing industry to encourage them to write about the incredible experiences available in Louisiana.”
The three-day mission was organized in several tracks—site selectors, international business contacts, disaster recovery and oil and gas. Lt. Governor Dardenne did not stick to one track but spread his participation to those meetings which were deemed most important.