GNO, INC Update - 5/23/2020 - 5/25/2020

Regional Stakeholders,

During a crisis, timely, accurate, and actionable information is important.  In order to help you get this information, GNO, Inc. is sending out regular updates.  Please see below, and feel free to forward.

May 23-25, 2020 Update


  • Free Coronavirus Testing – It was announced that free coronavirus testing will be available at multiple sites across New Orleans, Metairie, and Slidell.  Testing will be available this week, Tuesday through Friday.  To view a full list of announced sites, click here.
  • Flattening the Curve – New Orleans and Louisiana continue to make strides in flattening the coronavirus curve.  According to Dr. Joseph Kanter, with the Louisiana Department of Health, the state has become “a model for how to flatten the curve.”  You can read more here.


  • Unemployment FAQ – GNO, Inc. has produced an FAQ that answers unemployment questions, including how businesses can keep employees working while still allowing them to collect the $600 federal unemployment insurance.  You can find the FAQ here.
  • LSU Online - LSU Online, the virtual learning branch of the university, has new opportunities available to help individuals and families as they work to rebuild in wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Career Change Scholarships: financial aid awards available to those displaced from their jobs due to COVID-19. For more information, click HERE.  
  • Free Course Previews: learn more about a certification or degree program at no cost by taking a preview course. For more information, click HERE.  To see a full list of LSU Online's program offerings, click HERE.  
  • Virtual Summer Camps: virtual versions of LSU's Pre-College summer camps for students in grades 1-8, with scheduled, live instruction from certified teachers daily. For more information, including details on how to register your student, click HERE.  

To learn more about LSU Online, including details about admissions, programs, and benefits, visit their website


Are you looking for:

  • Coronavirus Supplies/Services? – If you are looking for PPE, sanitizer, food providers, and other related products and services, search the GNOpivot Marketplace.
  • Coronavirus Customers/Purchasers? – If you have pivoted your business to make a new, coronavirus-related product, register on GNOpivot.
  • Work? – If you want a job in a sector that is surging right now, new openings are on
  • Employees?
  • A database of local talent looking for new job opportunities, including quick employment history and skills summary, is on the WorkNOLA Workforce Directory.
  • GNOmatch provides custom connections between companies with lay-offs, and those hiring for transferable skills.
  • Online Training? – A catalogue of opportunities for online training from the region’s higher education partners and private training providers can be found here.

As always, general information is on the GNO, Inc. Coronavirus Business Resource Page.

Please feel free to contact me or VP Policy Ileana Ledet at with any questions or suggestions.

Take care,




Michael Hecht

President & CEO

Greater New Orleans, Inc.

1100 Poydras Street, Ste. 3475

New Orleans, LA 70130

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