2017

Port of South Louisiana Executive Director to Receive Eugene J. Schreiber Award
August 3, 2017 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced this year’s recipient of the Eugene J. Schreiber Award as Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana. Aucoin will be presented the award at the Louisiana International Trade Jubilee taking place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

People this Week: New hires, promotions, awards
New Orleans City Business, April 27, 2017 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans has announced that Robert “Rusty” Barkerding Jr., president of Admiral Security Services, has received the 2017 C. Alvin Bertel Award.

Robert “Rusty” Barkerding Jr. selected to receive 2017 C. Alvin Bertel Award
April 11, 2017 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – Today the World Trade Center of New Orleans announced Robert “Rusty” Barkerding, Jr., President of Admiral Security Services as the recipient of the 2017 C. Alvin Bertel Award. Barkerding will be honored at the annual C. Alvin Bertel Award ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, July 19 in New Orleans. The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port community.

Thomas Hudson, CEO of G2, LNG announced as Keynote Speaker at World Trade Center Future of Trade Summit
April 4, 2017 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – Thomas Hudson, President of G2 LNG, a liquefied natural gas export company, will be the keynote speaker at the World Trade Center’s Future of Trade Summit to be held May 9 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hudson will highlight the global significance of LNG and the impact this emerging sector will have on the Louisiana economy.

Louisiana delegation seeks business opportunities in Mexico
January 27, 2017 – Read it Here
New Orleans, LA – More than 200 representatives from business, academia, and government from the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida as well as from five Mexican states gathered this week in Campeche, Mexico, to explore new business opportunities between the two countries.

2016

World Trade Center of New Orleans names Caitlin Cain Chief Executive Officer
December 12, 2016 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO), a non-profit organization of over 1,000 corporate and individual members dedicated to fostering and promoting international business and trade in Louisiana, has named Caitlin Cain as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Cain will assume her new role in mid-January, 2017.

Port of New Orleans CEO to Receive Eugene J. Schreiber Award at WTC Gala
August 5, 2016 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced this year’s recipient of the Eugene J. Schreiber Award as Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. Mr. LaGrange will be presented with the award at the annual Louisiana International Trade Gala on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at the National WWII Museum.

Senator David Vitter selected to receive 2016 C. Alvin Bertel Award
May 5, 2016 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – Today the World Trade Center of New Orleans announced that Senator David Vitter has been selected to receive the 2016 C. Alvin Bertel Award. Senator Vitter will be honored at the annual C. Alvin Bertel Award ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port community.

World Trade Center to host EXIM Chairman Fred Hochberg at Small Business Exporter Forum
May 4, 2016 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced that EXIM Bank Chairman and President, Fred P. Hochberg will give remarks at a small business exporter forum hosted by the World Trade Center and the EXIM Bank on May 24, 2016 at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel.

World Trade Center of New Orleans announces 2016 Board of Directors
April 27, 2016 – Read it Here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans has appointed five new members to the Board of Directors for 2016; Wynn Radford, IV, Associate Director of Communications and External Affairs, BP America; John Voorhorst, Director, Global Business and Economic Development Services, Entergy Services, Inc.; Chris Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Group, Regions Bank for South Louisiana; Jeff Corbin, Operations Manager/General Manager, Laitram Machinery; and Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development, CEO Dominik Knoll announced.

World Trade Center lauds Senate passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act
February 12, 2016 – Read it here
New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans applauds the Senate’s passage of H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act on Thursday, February 11, 2016. This bipartisan legislation marks a significant victory for local businesses and industries as well as a triumph for reforming national trade laws.

2015

TPP Text Made Public
November 11, 2015 – Read it here
The White House has released the complete text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and various side instruments negotiated by the United States with certain Parties.

World Trade Center of New Orleans voices support for TPP deal
October 9, 2015 – View Full Release
New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans lauds the conclusion of negotiations by the U.S. and 11 other nations to reach a landmark Pacific trade pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a potentially game-changing free-trade agreement will link together countries that represent nearly 40 percent of global GDP.

Former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Congressman Charles Boustany discuss importance of trade at World Trade Center of New Orleans meeting
August 7, 2015 – View Full Release
New Orleans, LA – On Monday, the World Trade Center of New Orleans welcomed former World Bank President and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Congressman Charles Boustany to address a large audience of executives from Louisiana business and industry at a meeting of the World Trade Center of New Orleans Transportation Committee.

Louisiana companies seek business opportunities in Mexico
May 21, 2015 – View Full Release
New Orleans, LA – More than 30 representatives from Louisiana business and industry arrived in Yucatán, Mexico on Wednesday as part of a trade mission led by the Louisiana Committee of 100 and the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Michael W. Kearney selected to receive 2015 C. Alvin Bertel Award
May 5, 2015 – View Full Release here
New Orleans, LA- Today the World Trade Center of New Orleans announced that Michael W. Kearney, Chairman and CEO of The Kearney Companies Inc., has been selected to receive the 2015 C. Alvin Bertel Award. Mr. Kearney will be honored at the annual C. Alvin Bertel Award ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

WTCNO Announces Partnership with Curran & Connors, Inc. to Benefit Members
April 9, 2015 – View Full Release here
New Orleans – The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) has announced a new partnership with the award-winning, integrated brand management and communications design firm, Curran & Connors, Inc. to benefit its more than 1,000 members.

World Trade Center of New Orleans joins forces with Mexican States in Gulf States Accord
March 11, 2015 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, LA – Today the World Trade Center of New Orleans announced its appointment to the Gulf States Accord Task Force, a working group comprised of business leaders from the United States and Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche.

Louisiana exports total more than $65 billion in 2014; Growth closely follows national average
February 26, 2015 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans, LA – Louisiana’s 2014 worldwide merchandise exports increased by 2.76 percent over 2013, according to a report released today by the World Trade Center of New Orleans. For the year, Louisiana exports totaled $65.1 billion, compared to $63.3 billion in 2013, and $62.8 billion in 2012. These numbers mark the sixth consecutive year of export growth for the state.

World Trade Center of New Orleans announces support for 2 Canal Street developer
February 25, 2015 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, LA – The World Trade Center of New Orleans organization has announced its formal support for one of five developers vying for the City of New Orleans contract to redevelop the vacant 33-story business tower located at the foot of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.

World Trade Center of New Orleans highlights need for Infrastructure Investments along Mississippi River in new Report
February 5, 2015 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, LA- A new report released by the World Trade Center of New Orleans, titled “Emerging South American Competitiveness to U.S. Soybean Exports”, reveals a growing threat to the United States’ position as a leader in the world soybean market.

World Trade Center of New Orleans announces 2015 Board of Directors
January 26, 2015 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced the organization’s board of directors for 2015.

2014

Results of Study on U.S. Soybean Competitiveness Set for Release; Congressman Steve Scalise (LA) to give remarks at December meeting, Statement of support from U.S. Senator David Vitter (LA)
December 10, 2014 – View the Full Release here OR Download a copy of the report here

New Orleans, LA- Following a joint-study on the U.S. competitiveness of soybean exports, leaders from the World Trade Center of New Orleans, the Big River Coalition, and the University of Southern Mississippi plan to release a report on their findings during a meeting on December 17, 2014 at the Westin Canal Place. Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-1) will be present for the announcement and give remarks in support of the release.

World Trade Center of New Orleans launches U.S. National Trade Communications Initiative together with Louisiana Consular Corps
September 4, 2014 – View the Full Release here

New Orleans, La.– The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) and the Louisiana Consular Corps have produced two new informational tools designed to help local and international businesses all over the United States to explore mutually beneficial business relationships and access Louisiana-based career and honorary consuls as well as national references who will assist with business development efforts.

World Trade Center of New Orleans, Louisiana Consular Corps Launch New Trade Communications Initiative

New Orleans, La.– The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) and the Louisiana Consular Corps have produced two new informational tools designed to help local and international businesses explore mutually beneficial business relationships and access Louisiana-based career and honorary consuls who can assist in those business development efforts.

Q2 sees strong growth among Louisiana Exports

Louisiana exports showed strong growth through the second quarter of 2014, up $15.02 billion for the quarter and more than $32 billion for the year. The robust figures kept Louisiana in 6th place among top exporters in the nation and closed the gap with Illinois, currently in 5th place, by 7.15 percentage points.

Jack Gerard, President and CEO of American Petroleum Institution speaks to World Trade Center of New Orleans Energy Committee

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) CEO Dominik Knoll welcomed Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API) for a special luncheon program on Thursday afternoon at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The special event was hosted by the WTCNO Energy Committee with support from the Tulane Energy Institute.

David Fennelly chosen as a recipient of the 2014 C. Alvin Bertel Award

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced that David Fennelly, Director of Associated Terminals LLC and Turn Services LLC, is the recipient of the 2014 C. Alvin Bertel Award. The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port community.

World Trade Center Signs MOU with Brazil Business One Stop Shop

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center of New Orleans today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Brazil Business One Stop Shop (BBOSS).  The new partnership is part of the World Trade Center’s “Points of Contact” program which aims at connecting Louisiana businesses with foreign companies across the globe.

 

Louisiana Q1 exports up nearly 4% over 2013 May 20, 2014

New Orleans, LA – Louisiana’s worldwide exports increased nearly 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. The overall value of Louisiana’s exports totaled $17.1 billion.

WTC Applauds Landrieu for Increased Customs and Border Protection Funds April 4, 2014

New Orleans, LA – The Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced this week that the Port of New Orleans will receive additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to help speed the processing of passengers and cargo entering through the Port of New Orleans.

Louisiana 2013 Exports Reach $63.1 billion February 21, 2014

New Orleans, LA – Louisiana’s 2013 worldwide merchandise exports increased by 0.3 percent over 2012 according to a report released today by the World Trade Center of New Orleans. For the year, Louisiana exports totaled $63.1 billion, compared to $62.9 billion in 2012, and $55 billion in 2011.

2013

WTC Mississippi River Alliance and Big River Coalition Sign Memorandum of Understanding November 25, 2013

New Orleans, LA – Officials with the World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance (WTCMSRA) and the Big River Coalition (BRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative effort to preserve and promote economic growth on the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT).

WTC forms Mississippi River Alliance; 10 World Trade Centers on board June 6, 2013

New Orleans, LA- The World Trade Center announced today the formation of the World Trade Center Mississippi Alliance (WTC MSRA), a non-partisan coalition of World Trade Centers along the Mississippi River dedicated to promoting the stakeholder interests of the world’s greatest waterway.

Louisiana Q1 Exports Up 15.59% Over 2012; Louisiana in Top 5 among Exporting States May 20, 2013

New Orleans, LA: Louisiana’s worldwide exports increased 15.59% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. The overall value of Louisiana’s exports totaled $16.5 billion, creating a record-setting first quarter in 2013.

World Trade Center Former Managing Director Eugene J. “Gene” Schreiber awarded “Peace through Commerce Medal” posthumously; Second Medal awarded to World Trade Center April 17, 2013

New Orleans, LA- The prestigious “Peace through Commerce Medal” was recently presented to the World Trade Center of New Orleans former Managing Director, Eugene J. “Gene” Schreiber at a ceremony at the WTC. The award was presented to Schreiber’s widow, Mary Schreiber, by the Department of Commerce’s Under Secretary for International Trade, Francisco Sanchez.

WTC CEO Dominik Knoll Appointed to International Commerce Board April 1, 2013

World Trade Center of New Orleans CEO Dominik Knoll has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the newly formed 23-member Louisiana Board of International Commerce. The Board, which was created through legislation introduced by Senator Conrad Appel and is housed within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, will function as the authority on behalf of the state to advance Louisiana’s international commerce economic sector.

World Trade Center Former Managing Director Eugene J. “Gene” Schreiber awarded “Peace through Commerce Medal” posthumously January 24, 2013

The prestigious “Peace through Commerce Medal” will be presented to the World Trade Center of New Orleans former Managing Director, Eugene J. “Gene” Schreiber at a ceremony at the WTC on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

2012

Gary P. LaGrange receives 2012 C. Alvin Bertel Award September 27, 2012

Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange was presented with the 2012 C. Alvin Bertel Award at a special luncheon on Wednesday, September 26. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the Greater New Orleans port area.

U.S. Trade & Development Agency Selects WTCNO as “Making Global Local” Partner May 21, 2012

The United States Trade and Development Agency has named the World Trade Center of New Orleans as one of only nine organizations in the U.S. who will be partners in the “Making Global Local” export initiative.  The program is designed to help local businesses expand their exporting capability.

WTCNO, LBTC Sign Memorandum of Understanding March 6, 2012

The World Trade Center of New Orleans and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing international economic opportunity in the state for small and medium sized enterprises.

WTC Salutes Louisiana Congressional Delegation for Mississippi River Maintenance Funding January 24, 2012

The World Trade Center, the Big River Coalition, and other groups congratulate the members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation for their efforts in procuring an additional $55 million dollars to maintain the Lower Mississippi River.

2011

Inaugural WTC Agriculture Committee Meets in New Orleans December 5, 2011

Representatives of Louisiana’s rice, cotton, forestry, restaurant, seafood and aquaculture, food manufacturing, marketing, government, and educational research institutions attended the Nov. 28 meeting held in the Plimsol Club at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans.

Foreign Ambassadors, Business Leaders to Attend World Trade Center of New Orleans Breakfast October 18, 2011

The World Trade Center of New Orleans is proud to host an investment-focused business breakfast for forty foreign ambassadors, Gulf South business leaders, and government representatives.

World Trade Center of New Orleans CEO Invited to Clinton Global Initiative America June 28, 2011

The WTC announced today its participation in the Clinton Global Initiative meeting that will focus on creating jobs and driving economic growth in the United States.

Special Luncheon Program with U.S. Ambassador to Russia May 19, 2011

The WTC, in conjunction with the National World War II Museum and the World Affairs Council of New Orleans, will host Hon. John Beyrle for a special luncheon.

U.S. Commerce Secretary to Adress Small Business Conference March 29, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will speak at the New Markets, New Jobs conference as part of the National Export Initiative Small Business Tour.

UK Ambassador to deliver trade speech at WTCNO March 21, 2011

Sir Nigel Sheinwald will be speaking on the current state of the UK economy and the trade relationship between the UK and the US.

U.S. Ambassador to Honduras to address WTCNO Members in Luncheon Briefing February 16, 2011

Hon. Hugo Llorens will address issues concerning American trade and diplomatic relations with South American countries.

2010

Luncheon Briefing with U.S. Ambassador to Qatar October 18, 2010

Hon. Joseph Lebaron will present on the current state of Qatar’s economy as well as its role in the global economy, particularly its trade relationship with the US.

WTC Trade Policy Task Force Issues Recommendations September 9, 2010

The WTCNO has released a comprehensive plan for fostering economic growth and international trade in the area.

2010 C. Alvin Bertel Award Luncheon Honoring Eugene Schreiber August 17, 2010

WTCNO is pleased to host a special luncheon honoring Eugene Schreiber, this year’s recipient of the C. Alvin Bertel Award.

WTCNO Announces Young Member Network May 27, 2010

WTCNO is pleased to present an opportunity for younger members to interact with leading political and business leaders in an informal social setting.

WTC New Orleans Names New CEO May 25, 2010

WTCNO welcomes Domink Knoll as its new CEO.