NEW ORLEANS – The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (“Authority”), the governing board of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has announced that it is placing a high priority on its major role in the post Covid-19 economic recovery.
“Our core mission at the Exhibition Hall Authority is to serve our community as its most powerful economic driver,” said Walt Leger III, recently appointed Chairman of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. “With our city and nation in crisis, the Center had the unique ability to serve our people as a medical monitoring facility to relieve pressure on area hospitals and provide care to those in our community most in need. When our community transitions from emergency response to recovery, the Authority will be laser-focused on stimulating our world class hospitality economy and helping tens of thousands of our neighbors and thousands of businesses get back to work,” Leger continued.
Michael Sawaya, President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center stated “I firmly believe our first duty during these challenging times is to provide service to our community in its time of need, and to promote the public health and safety of our employees and the public at large. Additionally, the convention center will continue to play a major role as a driving force in the local economy, and will be a critical component to the economic recovery. Our plans to reinvest in our facilities and improve our competitive position is more important now than ever,” Sawaya said.
The Authority in 2018 approved a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan totaling over $500 million for the convention center, and is committed to making critical facility investments that solidifies its national competitiveness among the elite convention and meetings locations in the country. It will also include a plan for moving forward on a transformative upriver development, and the time for that discussion will be in the coming months. “When the Authority Board of Commissioners is able to resume regular meetings, I am committed to a fresh look at a dynamic multi-use upriver development that will include a meaningful opportunity for public input,” said Leger.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.
About the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority
The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority’s (Authority) exclusive mission is to finance, construct and operate facilities in order to attract and conduct conventions, trade shows and other events that support and expand the economy of both the State of Louisiana and New Orleans Region. The Authority is composed of a 13-member board of commissioners, ten appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, and three appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. Since 1985, event activity at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.