Aimee Quirk, Economic Advisor to the Mayor, highlighted how New Orleans is poised to see further expansion in its economy with the development of the medical and bio-tech industries, increased retail outlets, and a new airport in the coming years. Ms. Quirk spoke of the unique opportunity that the city finds itself at the Real Property Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 28th. Members enjoyed an interesting discussion on upcoming projects including the South Market District in the Central Business District and the Magnolia Marketplace on Claiborne. These shopping and entertainment venues combined with the Mid City Marketplace and the Costco on Carrollton are providing new sources of revenue to the city and giving residents a means to keep their money in Orleans parish. Additionally, New Orleans East is the site of a new full service hospital operated by Daughters of Charity and a Walmart. Ms. Quirk emphasized the city’s role in public-private partnerships as well as encouraging the community to reach out to the city when questions arise in commercial development. The next monthly meeting of the Real Property Committee will be held on Wednesday, September 25th at 12 noon.