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2-8-13 12:35pm First Deputy Mayor/C.A.O. of New Orleans Andy Kopplin

Feb 8, 2013|

Don Dubuc fills in for Garland and talks to New Orleans First Deputy Mayor and C.A.O. Andy Kopplin about what happens to the money that gets infused into the city after big events like the Super Bowl.

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But the question that came to mind as the a Super Bowl wrapped up and it was a tremendous success as it has been in the past. It was just one of the events that come here and now opens up on doors to tourists and opens up a lot of expenditures that come back into the city -- talking money -- gone on now that's a big moneymaker Jazz Fest essence this final for sure the ball. The by -- classic the list goes on and on. Not to mention all the national conventions that on the -- just a regular day in day out average tourist who just wanna come to the city in the world. Very successful in attracting people here. The question though that meant that begs an answer I think is where does this money go you look around the city. He listened to our elected officials and people are complaining the roads and deplorable condition. The city infrastructure is falling upon in bad need of repair and we don't have any money to fix it. Is this money to be dedicated for that old where in fact does the money ago. And to help answer this question we've invited the first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer for the city NB -- joys. Andy thanks to bring out my pleasure it be thank you very much and is not a fair question -- -- mean a guy that's not an economist -- filled in -- Garland Robinette -- -- economy -- -- But I'll look around and -- -- all his stories and dollars and only success poisonous and women. Why isn't this a very vibrant and rich in this city with enough money to to fulfill all its needs would -- -- -- here. -- it is it is a great question. Com and -- I think it the best way to answers to look at the big picture. Do you know when we did it did for the Super Bowl few years back they projected. An estimated impact to the region in the economy of about 432 million dollars other -- out. That survey with the actual tally that we should have about sixty days but that you know not. When assignment government money we're talking about money it would -- paid. Four employees in -- to Cuba. You pay owners of companies the services that they delivered. I ended really we look at the tourism business in the world it's about a third -- the economy creates yet thousands and thousands of jobs we had nine million visitors. To New Orleans last year alone. And so part of the reason that you want to host a big event. Like the Super Bowl and and in our case do it really really well the votes wanna come back and bring more business back. Is it it is great job creator for the long term. Much more than -- tax generator and terms of direct taxes for the city. Okay soul. It's creating jobs income for people but that is not coming back in terms of money to improve infrastructure or just general operating cost for the city itself. That is correct me and we he has the Morgan. Estimated -- about a million dollars of net. Increased tax revenue. For the city of New Orleans and has probably got the million at the school board gets in. And get -- gets a little bit of the state of Louisiana. The big winner on the sales tax that they have. It's 4% in the city is two and a half percent school or get one half percent and -- -- 1% so. The biggest sales tax a winner in this thing is to state Louisiana. But again the city of New Orleans will increase. Its revenues modestly but have the big story here. Is that we pulled off a very successful netbooks wanna come back. We were just recently named Ian that winner of the 212 to 2012 world tourism award. Travel leisure and greatest number one in nightlife destination in the world. It's so there's a lot. -- -- Benefits to our economy and job creation that will last for years we hopefully get the Super Bowl against 118. And so all of those kind of things. Relieved a lot of -- not a private private sector you know hotels in New Orleans. Leading up to the Super Bowl. Invested 400 million dollars here in the city in the world in new construction. And so there -- a lot of jobs created -- those hotels renovated just like the Hyatt regency right next to the superdome itself. Okay. Colony brought up some some interesting points and is that not possible for the city to get a bigger takeover. All this money I mean it just looks like. And as we're very good at what we do the tourism industry is booming here in New Orleans and it just seems like. Is the private sector getting too big of a cut -- are they getting a free ride and they giving wealthy off at the expense of the city. Mom or they -- not putting the money back into this the community to where it would come back in terms of of tax revenues to where. We can put some of this money to used to improve the infrastructure just seems like this. A disconnect somewhere between the private businesses that -- that. Reaping a harvest of the tourism draw and what actually is coming back to the city which is the golden -- without the -- they've gotten up that. It it is. Actively be clear yeah that the job of the cities but I'd say a good safe place for -- folks do you live work and visit. To make sure the infrastructure. Is up to war that you know the traffic system works there appears well and it is business people. In employees make money actually great thing that's what. Cities do that providing great platform. Whether it's GE coming here to locate 300 jobs in the city or whether it's hotel restaurant in the tourism industry making money so I wanna. Get on. Happy been businesspeople and employees in the greater region. Are making money out the super -- actually a good thing for but I think the point that you make the show which I appreciate mayor appreciate it. A lot of companies in terms of taxes don't direct become the cities that make it hard pressed to pick up. All the roads and makes it hard to April extra police officers and we actually proposal last unit didn't Covert or batteries. Increases -- public -- just a little bit more. To provide additional resources to help. Again make the kind of investments that that -- the callers in the -- earlier words were speaking in and certainly the -- -- would be very grateful that additional tax revenue that we can that. Keep in the studio and make it say. I acting is still into the break and when we come back want to think about a couple of questions one is there any way and you tried legislative failed but is there another way is going to be another attempt. To get more of that money that's coming in and keep it for the city number one and number two is tourism is not going to be the cure all for the problems of the city. What are some of the alternatives to bring in a different type of industry that's still going to be compatible with -- Sure happy that it will be right back with a handicap and 260187866889087. Is like to join us in the conversation listening to the think tank on the big 870. WW. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is there a way our plan that you have to maybe capture higher percentage of what is a very. Lucrative tourism income and use it for improvements in the city New Orleans that was number one and number two. -- if tourism is not gonna get it done alone one as a city doing to look to some alternative industries to have to also add to what we get from tourism. First question means but we're certainly wide open we had a good partnership with the industry. Last year went up to batteries. To propose something that was it and increase marketing budget for our tourism marketing agencies and -- -- -- bit of money for the city. To help manage the effects of tourism you know increase sanitation collections increased police protection. And and get those things may develop again. Then I think it it -- recognize. Any industries recognizing. Through some of their actions like the conventions that are contributing some resources the city. To improve infrastructure. Even outside of their building so there's a lot of port missions together. You know that we put in hundreds of millions of dollars. In infrastructure improvements all over the city. India ten leading up to the super. Bowl and I just wanted to highlight that that actually does mailing it to stop as. We spent 232. Million dollars in additional road. Construction project we've got 279. Billion dollars committed additional projects. That were undertaking right now so there's a lot of good work being done to improve our infrastructure. Etiquette if we keep growing our economy being successful with tourism. I'm optimistic that at all the things that result from economic growth what happens to property values go up he talked about those who have property in the quarter make a lot of money. Whether they're tax. Assessments for property values have gone up because. Those locations are very valuable business and so they are actually paying -- more money in terms of property. Taxes that they were even a couple of years ago. I bought about up part two of the question if tourism is simply not enough despite how lucrative it is and does a great job of bringing in some money to the local economy in terms of payroll and profits but. Not nearly enough to it to fund the city's needs what else can we look for look to. Yet that I think -- did. The billion dollar question for the future of the city we've got to you continue to diversify our economy beyond just tourism beyond. Mainstays like will again manufacturing in the port in in we've -- nurture. Those industries that made us who we nor. And grow them but also expand out so again mentioned a little bit earlier than that last summer. Working with the state we landed 300. New jobs with GE capital either. Very saying IT jobs. That will be located in Dan and long would like an 8590000. Dollars a year count positions. We also done. Dramatically expanded our film industry. He would like half of billion dollars worth the investment. It grown 23%. In the last year. -- -- -- It is expanding here we're attracting some big retailers like Moscow that had been -- president in Louisiana we're gonna happen and you can't open up on. I'm Carol -- that the interstate. It's so there's a lot of job creation activities but let me police say he thinks about what vote to. Who external you're saying about the -- to that the -- said the New Orleans was the fastest growing city in America last year. Four was called the number one metro -- for IT job growth. In the number two best big city -- Also a top tent city for relocation. The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch called the most important city for business Reuters poll of Silicon Valley on the -- you. -- called the biggest brain magnate. It called the cool start city in America into we've been having. Really some outstanding successes we've got a great entrepreneurial culture that is developed in the city since Katrina. You know -- and a wink in the idea village are working really hard though it brings done. Others got to talk about the new job creators in this city to work best to nurture those. So that we have a very diverse and robust economy I think it is the future is very bright for the city. This Super Bowl week proved. Again and its seven years ago we were fifteen feet underwater and in Internet Super Bowl week we're at the top of the world. And folks from around the world around the country came into world. And I think they sit while we're so glad yeah we are so invested in the world and we saw the misery after Katrina. And we're so grateful that yes so only people from taxpayers to -- philanthropists and they're just citizens gave money and it. Got put to work in the right ways -- coming back strong -- a -- a lot of folks who want continued this year and grow jobs in the city. And it is no doubt is an impressive ressam Reza -- and bill we've gotten accolades from a number of sources about the future of the city new -- I'm just open -- it's not all on the exterior when you get back into some of the back neighborhoods. You know of the French court looks great -- you know we give that up for the tourism and we we improve the roads in the infrastructure there. But the rest of the city may be suffering in I think we need to figure out some kind of way to just channel some of those funds in the those areas. Absolutely and it again. Yeah prior to -- we completed 333 million dollars worth of projects in every neighborhood across the city he's seen. Together the regional park it it just -- brown park new world sees a lot of investment there you've seen investments. Five new libraries including on the West Bank in Algiers to -- tried to make sure that we do those things. And again. I'm making a lot of progress with those kind of investments all across the city I got a -- long way to go but making progress everyday. Very good many thanks suspense and Tom -- and OPM -- happy -- absolutely Margaret you. And handicap on first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer of the city -- long.

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