New Orleans area ranks as #2 “Boomtown”

Surging growth in business, population and housing in greater New Orleans is getting national attention. Bloomberg recently released rankings putting the region among the best in the U.S.

Economic development officials say it’s the payoff from years of work to improve the business climate in Louisiana from a time when the state was faltering and watching other areas excel.

“We sent our best and brightest, our sons and daughters, to other states,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said. “We couldn’t offer them the best career opportunities.”

He insists that has now changed.

“By fostering an environment where businesses want to invest, we are creating a new Louisiana,” the governor proclaimed. “The payoff for all of us is that our sons and daughters, our children and grandchildren, will be able to find the best jobs and the most rewarding careers right there in Louisiana.”

New national rankings of metro areas have New Orleans in the top 12 for growth.

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