FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:Kelly Schulz or Lauren Cason
The Tricentennial Consortium (TCC), representing the New Orleans hospitality industry, remains committed to the innovative long-term re-engineering of our riverfront. Though unsuccessful in our proposal because of the city's understandable desire for more readily apparent concrete revenue streams, we will continue to take a leadership role in the development of those public spaces that will incorporate the World Trade Center building. Our goal of drawing locals and visitors to a reconnection with the riverfront, stimulating the economy and providing a compelling commemoration of the city's tricentennial is steadfast. We appreciate the opportunity afforded by the City of New Orleans to participate in the comprehensive RFP process that allowed for public comment.
Obviously, our industry is disappointed in the outcome, but we are committed to smart growth and innovation along the river and we respectfully ask that the city and the NOBC irrevocably consider the public space, and its demand generation potential, as critical components to the redevelopment of the WTC site and its ultimate linkage to our other industry projects along the river. If properly meshed and integrated, we can create a tremendous growth catalyst to jobs and our economy by building a demand-generator in addition to redeveloping the building.
We have a rare opportunity to change the face of our city, create iconic innovation, build lasting jobs, increase visitor spending and open the riverfront to citizens and visitors alike. Our commitment to the city, the developer, our industry and our citizens is resolute and we are firmly dedicated to forging new revenue streams, practical new business development, and to continuing partnership by assisting all parties, public and private, on the path of smart planning and holistic integration of projects along the riverfront.