Biz

Sun Worship

Based strictly on its climate, New Orleans would seem to have it made in the shade when it comes to solar power. Basking in some of the most intense sunshine of any city in the U.S., and logging more sunny…

Science as Business

The challenge to the local bioscience industry is a little like the task of herding cats: With each fiercely independent member of the group inclined to sprint down its own path, how do you convince everyone to move in the…

Altered Plans?

When the U.S. economy sneezes, the local hospitality industry gasps. Any economic tightening that threatens consumers’ pocketbooks can prompt a pullback in vacation plans; that can spell trouble for hotels and other businesses that rely on visitors from afar. Recent…

Fly me to the Moon

For close to a half-century, New Orleans has played a key role in the worldwide drama of space exploration. Today, while the space shuttle-related work – for which the local area is best known – winds toward a close, new…

Cruise Lines Chart a New Course

Getting a fix on the health of the local cruise ship industry is, in part, a matter of deciding how far to look ahead – or behind. Glancing back to 2004, for instance, reveals a picture of New Orleans as one…