Barre, Will, and Chris have always been critically positive and constructive about all the interests I've pursued in this city. This kind of leadership pervades the loose collection of professional family that has visited, joined, or graduated from LaunchPad. I wholeheartedly support this bid for the public space.
Entrepreneurship is the most impactful way to make this kind of investment. When I hear entrepreneur, I see people solving problems by creating value for firstly their friends and family; their community. Having witnessed the LaunchPad community solve their own problems, lending each other knowledge, skills and experience I anticipate an overwhelming excellence to result from this space. I can't imagine the outcomes of putting creators and artists in this kind of environment. As a part of VAYLA with a component of our mission to be cultural enrichment, I've participated in a number of arts business education programs. With all due respect for those who have imparted to me these resources, immersion in entrepreneurship is an entirely different and wonderful beast. Rather than taking a day to learn how to overcome a common problem in a group setting and never maintaining a cohort of learning, I learned more about the business of the arts in a frustrating early evening and dinner when I briefly dipped my toe into LaunchPad before it's formalization with Deltree.
In this model, learning and value generation starts on day one. I hope this project is chosen. I believe it will reach and nurture opportunity for a broad swath of the New Orleans community.
Recommended: that the City Council require Entergy to-- instead of rehashing Isaac-- fund a cost/benefit study on burying electrical wires.