Tulane’s Downtown Development

Sharon Courtney, VP Government Affairs, Tulane

Thanks to member George Messina for catering this week’s networking event at Rooftop on Basin.

Guest speaker Sharon Courtney, Vice President of Tulane’s Government Affairs, and advocate for Tulane at all levels shared the latest on what is envisioned for an Innovation District. Tulane University, research universities and medical centers would be considered an “anchoring” institution with large federal funding  and large employers.  Innovation Districts, an urban evolution, are a smaller footprint than a city, are easily accessible by public transportation and has a mix of housing types. She compared other cities who have been successful in diversifying their economy such as Pittsburgh when the steel industry left. Pittsburgh built around Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and is referred to as eds, meds and robots.
Tulane’s uptown campus is landlocked forcing it to expand their campus downtown with roughly 3000 employees. Tulane has three professional schools; School of Medicine, Social Work and one of the top ten schools of public health. Courtney continued by saying that federal funding is the key that drives research, the research drives the commercialization of the research and the commercialization of the research drives the business.
In addition, Charity Hospital has partnered with LCMC who is committed to the local community and will redevelop and repurpose the space. Tulane will be the anchor tenant occupying 40 percent of the building and will be the new home to School of Public Health and Medicine with scientists and researchers.  The building next to Charity, will be renovated for the use of research. Tulane now has a partnership with LCMC Health to create an additional academic center at EJGH. Tulane Hospital will eventually close and the building will be repurposed with a nursing program and brain injury center and more.
She closed with “What can you do?”…. Talk it up with colleagues and friends!


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Thank You & Announcements

Jesse Hoppes, President, presented John Lagarde, Classic Cupboard, with a certificate of appreciation for his participation on the board.

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