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GNO Inc. Partners with Colleges, Universities to Launch StudyNOLA Website, Promote New Orleans Higher Education

NEW ORLEANSGreater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) has partnered with the region’s 13 higher education institutions in an effort to elevate New Orleans’ brand as a major hub for higher education, innovation, and research by developing and launching a new website – StudyNOLA.

The Greater New Orleans region has one of the highest concentrations of higher education institutions per capita in the nation; StudyNOLA highlights and celebrates the diversity and quality of these schools.  The StudyNOLA website creates a virtual “one-stop-shop” for prospective students to explore all the higher education opportunities in Greater New Orleans.

“New Orleans is known for its food, music, and festivals, but it also should be known for its higher education,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.  “Our public and private institutions, including our HBCU’s, are some of the best in the nation in terms of quality, diversity, and value.  StudyNOLA will help others discover that New Orleans is a world-class destination for higher education. This will ultimately lead to more talent for our companies, and more taxpayers for our community.”

The Greater New Orleans region boasts 13 universities and colleges, including three HBCUs, three MBA programs, two medical schools, and two law schools.  The goal of StudyNOLA is to create an innovative, easy-to-explore portal to access higher education opportunities in the region, highlighting the world-class education available in metro New Orleans.  GNO, Inc. believes that greater awareness of higher education in the region will lead to more students, residents, and ultimately, economic development – because the workforce is the lifeblood of business.

“I know from personal experience how powerful and how inspiring our institutions of higher education can be,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Our region’s 13 colleges and universities are a true asset to our people; they have created environments that empower active roles in our community and have provided opportunities for educational and economic advancement. The City will always be a partner for our higher education community, and with the StudyNOLA website, we will be able to illustrate how our institutions help contribute to an accomplished and thriving population and workforce. ”

StudyNOLA has been developed based on best practices, including efforts by Boston, Atlanta, Texas and Colorado.

The StudyNOLA website features include:

  • School profiles
  • An interactive quiz that suggests which school fits your interests and goals
  • Real student success stories
  • Current available internships and job opportunities
  • Regional quality of life information

The schools highlighted on StudyNOLA are:

StudyNOLA is made possible by support from the Economic Development Administration.  In addition to the 13 higher education partners, GNO, Inc. also partnered with the Regional Planning Commission, Louisiana Economic Development, and the U.S. Commercial Services to launch StudyNOLA.

“The Economic Development Administration is proud to have supported GNO, Inc., in the creation of StudyNOLA,” said Dennis Alvord, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Higher education and workforce development are key to creating well-paying, quality jobs, which will benefit the community by leading to a stronger, more resilient regional economy.”

“Showcasing the wide range of higher education assets found in Greater New Orleans has been a priority for our organization over the past several years,” said Maggie Woodruff, Director of Economic Development and Contract Administrator at the Regional Planning Commission. “ will play a crucial role in attracting new students to these schools and thereby increasing brain gain for the region.”

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