New Orleans is returning to the global stage

GNO Global

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending GNO, Inc.’s annual meeting appropriately themed “GNO Global.” The event focused on the reflection of New Orleans’s “global past, present progress, and world-class future.”

New Orleans was once the most diverse city in the country—the largest in the South—and served as a premier export metropolis. But during the course of history, we have become eclipsed by other major cities competing for the global spotlight. GNO, Inc. illustrates how the Crescent City is triumphing and coming back brighter than ever as a true global leader.

As we approach the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans, there is much to be proud of. From new international flights to workforce development and tourism growth to public policy reform, our region has recently celebrated many significant accomplishments.

Stirling Properties is pleased to be a continued supporter of economic development in New Orleans and the entire Gulf South region. We look forward to many more successes in the years to come as New Orleans re-establishes itself as a major economic partner.

Check out this video with Professor Richard Campanella, Historical Geographer and Author from Tulane University, that showcases New Orleans’s unique global history:

To view the video in its entirety, please click here.

Marty Mayer
Past Chair Emeritus, GNO, Inc.

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About Marty Mayer

Marty Mayer has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Properties since 2002. Stirling Properties is one of the most diversified full-service commercial real estate companies in the country, utilizing a team of trusted experts in brokerage, development and redevelopment, acquisitions and investments, and property and asset management over a wide array of property types to deliver long-term value to our clients across the Gulf South region. Mr. Mayer currently serves on the Worldwide Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is a member of its Executive Committee as the Vice President of the Southern Division. He is also on the ICSC Government Relations Advisory Committee and the ICSC Open Air Center Committee on which he served as Co-Chairman from 2008 to 2010. He has previously served as the ICSC Louisiana State Director and the Louisiana State Operations Director. Mr. Mayer is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and served as Chairman of its Small Scale Development - Silver Council from 2007 to 2009. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the ULI Louisiana District Council. Mr. Mayer is a former Chairman of Greater New Orleans, Inc., (GNO, Inc.), the economic development alliance serving the 10 parishes of Greater New Orleans. He currently chairs its Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy and the Super Region Committee. In 2015, Mr. Mayer was elected to the Board of Directors of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors for the Bureau of Governmental Research, an independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy-making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area. He is also a member of the IV 100—a group of individuals, foundations and corporations helping to drive The Idea Village’s efforts to create a self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans by 2018. Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, is a former Commissioner on the St. Tammany Economic Development District and served as Chair on the St. Tammany Economic Development Task Force for Parish President Pat Brister. In 2013, Mr. Mayer was honored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans as one of the Top 25 Role Models of the Year. He is also a member of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Rathbone Society. Mr. Mayer received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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