Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Friday, March 6 2015


IDCE #Disastertech Hackathon Announces Virtual Participation, Prizes, Promotional Video, and Additional Judges!

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The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE) announces prizes for the inaugural IDCE #disastertech hackathon, February 7 – 8, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #disastertech hackathon seeks to foster the convergence of the disaster and tech communities, driving innovation and opportunity for collaboration. The IDCE #disastertech hackathon is produced in conjunction with CODEMKRS, a locally-owned company that    …Continue Reading

Convention Center Reveals Renovated Starbucks with Ribbon Cutting

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Centerplate, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s exclusive food service provider, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Starbucks, located in the Atrium of the Convention Center. 

Centerplate General Manager Richard Ginzel, Convention Center President Bob Johnson and Starbucks staff welcomed dozens of coffee lovers who lined up before 8:00 a.m. to get the first taste.

The world-renowned coffee company has made its home in the Convention Center since    …Continue Reading

IDCE #disastertech Hackathon Announces Strategic Partners Hootsuite Labs, Werkly, Uber, SeeClickFix, and More!

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The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE) announces several strategic partners participate in the inaugural IDCE #disastertech hackathon, February 7 – 8, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

A hackathon is an event where computer programmers, technology developers, designers and other creative thinkers can collaborate in a contained environment to create new technologies and solutions in innovative ways within 24-hours. Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #disastertech hackathon seeks to foster the convergence of the disaster and tech    …Continue Reading

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Names Alexis Berggren as Director of Event Services

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Alexis Berggren has been named Director of Event Services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In her role as Director, she will supervise the planning and execution of all events held at the Convention Center. Berggren will head a team of nine Event Services Managers who boast a whopping 148 years experience at the convention center, with four members serving 28 or more years.

Berggren comes to New Orleans    …Continue Reading

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Exceeds Waste Diversion Goal for Greenbuild by 13%

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Recycling and sustainability efforts of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, host of The Greenbuild Conference and Expo on October 22-24, resulted in a waste diversion rate of 78% for the event, exceeding the 65% goal set forth by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) by 13%. A diversion rate is the measure of how much waste material is diverted from disposal to recycling.

Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),    …Continue Reading

NOLA ChristmasFest A Magical Place for Families Now thru Christmas Eve

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Christmas in New Orleans has always been a magical time and now a dazzling, family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with spectacular lighting and activities at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

NOLA ChristmasFest kicked off on December 12 as a new indoor component of Christmas in the District providing 13 days of holiday fun for all ages.   It’s a “pay one price” opportunity for children to romp on 13 inflatables, climb    …Continue Reading


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It’s official: NOLA ChristmasFest is in full swing! Our cozy, indoor venue is completely weather-proof, and totally decked out for the holidays. From ice sculpture demonstrations to more than 50 decorated trees – not to mention a petting zoo, holiday characters like Frosty and the Coca Cola Polar Bears, caroling, pet adoption, and Skyping with Santa’s elves – ChristmasFest has holiday fun for all your friends and family.

We’re also an    …Continue Reading

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Names Shelley Montamat as Onboarding Specialist/Trainer

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The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has named Shelley Montamat as Onboarding Specialist/Trainer. In her new role, Montamat is responsible for a variety of obligations that relate to personnel and training functions within the Human Resources Department at the Center.

A native of New Orleans, Montamat graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2013, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Human Resources.

Montamat  previously served as a Human Resources Clerk at the Convention    …Continue Reading

Exhibition Hall Authority Refunds Bonds at Significant Savings and Receives Bond Rating Upgrade

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Solid financial strength, a prosperous tax base and strong year-round tourism are key metrics that allowed the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (“ the Authority”) to refund $77.53 million of debt and recognize a total debt service savings of $14.8 million  (present value savings of $9.8 million.)

The Authority hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch as senior underwriter to work with its financial advisor, Public Financial Management, Inc, and legal counsel, Foley & Judell, LLP, to structure the    …Continue Reading

First Ever “Net Zero” Convention Center Expo Area Debuted in New Orleans

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The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22-24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how    …Continue Reading

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