It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Crime and Education – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

We get excited when economic development people announce a prestigious business is relocating to New Orleans, and bringing with it hundreds of jobs. But business recruiters often report that quality candidates don’t want to move to New Orleans, because of our poor education system and high crime rate.

Peter Ricchiuti’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are working on both of those problems.

Jeff Burkhardt

Jeff Burkhardt’s company, Active Solutions, are the guys who are putting crime cameras all over the city. Both the Mayor and Chief of Police believe this is a major step toward reducing crime.

Aaron Frumin

Aaron Frumin’s company, Uncommon Construction, is linking school and industry, by employing, and paying, high school kids to build new homes, as a part of their education.

Everybody agrees, we have to do something about crime and education. Crime cameras are controversial and kids swinging hammers is unorthodox, but maybe they’re the kinds of change we need.

Jeff Burkhardt, Aaron Frumin, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos over lunch at Commander’s Palace by Jill Lafleur.