Studies and Plans
The FHWA has determined that this project will not have any significant impact on the human environment. This Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is based on the Environmental Assessment which has been independently evaluated by the FHWA and determined to adequately and accurately discuss the environmental issues and impacts of the proposed project. It provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining that an environmental impact statement is not required.
The Closing the Loop initiative provides a strategy for building the New Orleans Innovation Economy by reviewing the innovation capacities and functions of the area’s universities. The initiative created an asset inventory database of university programs, resources and personnel of relevance to key industry clusters. A series of workshops and facilitated discussion were also held amongst the area’s universities about how to build on the research and entrepreneurial innovation already occurring within universities and foster innovation within various disciplines (such as coastal restoration, life sciences and advanced manufacturing) in coordination with the business community and students. This work resulted in a set of recommendations for strengthening innovation collaborations between universities and resulted in this study summarizing recommendations to enhance an innovation friendly environment in New Orleans educational institutions.
The New Orleans Medical District Strategic Integration Plan (2008) builds upon the New Orleans Regional Biosciences Initiative (2007), by providing a physical development blueprint for the heart of the medical district – the New Orleans Regional Medical Complex (NORMC). Existing conditions and summary of past campus-planning efforts are provided with an analysis of existing and future land use, transportation and infrastructure conditions for all medical campuses. This analysis assists in providing a more seamless integration with the downtown area and adjacent communities.
Leadership from the region’s academic institutions, government, philanthropic organizations, and the private-sector collaborated in the development of a vision for “building a globally competitive innovation economy for the New Orleans region by building on the region’s knowledge institutions.” The strategic plan focuses on two facets - regional biosciences growth and urban place redevelopment – through the simultaneous execution of four strategies: innovation, marketing, physical development, and leadership and management.
During the development of the strategic plan, stakeholders participated in a professional peer exchange with colleagues in St. Louis to learn more about the process of building the foundation for an innovation economy focused on life sciences and bio-sciences.
Issue Papers (2006): Eva Klein & Associates, Ltd.
RPC commissioned the University of New Orleans, Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate to evaluate the impact of the biosciences and healthcare sectors in the regional economy in terms of jobs and associated economic benefits. The analysis provides historic data and analysis as well as a range of growth scenarios associated with the reestablishment of the Downtown Medical District through the construction of institutions such as the new VA Medical Center, the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Bioinnovation Center, and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.
St. Louis Biosciences Experiences January 2007
Presentations of Panelists Presenting to the Biosciences Stakeholder Group in St. Louis
- University Panel
Title of Panel: University Research, Innovation, and Collaboration Strategies
- Dr. Nasser Arshadi, Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Financial Economics, University of Missouri-St. Louis: Technology Transfer
- Dr. Bradley J. Castanho, Co-Director Office of Technology Management, Washington University in St. Louis: Washington University in St. Louis
- Regional Strategy Presentation
Title of Presentation: St. Louis ’s Regional Strategy and Partnerships for Plant and Life Sciences
- Physical and Urban Development Panel
Title of Panel: Urban Biomedical District (Physical) Development Strategies—CORTEX and CET
- Company Development and Venture Capital Panel
Title of Panel: Company Creation, Innovation, and Venture Capital
- Presentation and Discussion
- Additional Information, Eva Klein & Associates: