World Trade Center New Orleans
|World Trade Center of New Orleans|
World Trade Center of New Orleans
|Predecessor||International House, International Trade Mart|
|Type||Not for Profit|
|Headquarters||New Orleans, LA USA|
|Region served||Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, USA|
|Membership||1,600 Corporate and Individual Members|
|Chief Executive Officer||Dominik Knoll|
|Parent organization||World Trade Centers Association|
The World Trade Center of New Orleans is the founding member of the World Trade Centers Association, a worldwide association of over 300 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries. The mission of the World Trade Center of New Orleans is to create jobs and wealth in Louisiana through international trade.
The World Trade Center of New Orleans is a non-profit organization of +1,000 corporate and individual members. This membership base represents a diverse group of industry leaders, companies, professional organizations, and government institutions that include manufacturers, energy, agriculture, maritime, digital media, foreign consulates, and other interests. In 2012, member organizations were able to significantly contribute to Louisiana's record-breaking exports, the total value of which exceeded $63 billion. The organization is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.Its office has relocated from the former World Trade Center Building, located at 2 Canal Street and now operates from the office tower of One Canal Place. The office tower of One Canal Place is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, and is the ninth tallest building in the city.
The International House, chartered in 1943, and the International Trade Mart, chartered in 1945, were the two predecessor organizations of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Plans for a monumental structure to house both organizations were drafted. Several plots of land were purchased at 2 Canal Street where the new ITM building was constructed. The formal Dedication Ceremony of the ITM building took place on April 30, 1968, as part of a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans. Ambassadors from around the world visited the city of New Orleans. Parades and banquets were held, and the Organization of American States brought its first meeting outside of Washington, D.C., to New Orleans.
The concept of the International Trade Mart launched the formation of a worldwide league of trade centers, which led to the founding of the World Trade Centers Association. The World Trade Centers Association now comprises more than 300 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries.
David Kearney is the Chairman of the World Trade Center New Orleans, and also the president of Kearney Companies. Dominik Knoll is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center New Orleans.The organization is run by a board of directors.
World Trade Center Building
Prior to June 2011, the World Trade Center of New Orleans was housed in the former World Trade Center Building, located at 2 Canal Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. The building, which is a 33-story, 407 feet (124 m)-tall skyscraper, has since been purchased by the city of New Orleans.
The building was formerly known as the "ITM Building", i.e., the International Trade Mart, and was designed by Edward Durell Stone. The former World Trade Center building previously housed foreign consulates and the headquarters for the Port of New Orleans and many other organizations.
In the years following the closing of the “360” cocktail lounge, various plans emerged regarding the next step for the former World Trade Center New Orleans building. The “Save WTC NOLA” group campaigned let the building stay at the foot of Canal Street and pushed for renovation rather than demolition, while others in the city campaigned to have the building demolished, some including plans to build a park and landmark to the city in its place.
In 2013, after a competition between organizations, including James H. Burch LLC of Clifton, Va., and the Tercentennial Consortium, The New Orleans Building Corporation voted to enter into lease negotiations with Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital Corp. Gatehouse Capital Corp. has produced artists renderings that depict the former World Trade Center building as a 245-room W Hotel with rental apartments on the upper floors. Plans are still underway for Gatehouse’s renovation of the World Trade Center building.
365 Canal Street
Suite 1120 New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
- McKinney, Louise (2006). New Orleans: A Cultural History. Oxford University Press. p. 162.