Tech's role in post-Katrina recovery (podcast)

Larry Magid travels to New Orleans just before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina where he learns about the role technology is playing in the region's recovery.

Larry Magid
Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.
Larry Magid

NEW ORLEANS, La.--Five years ago, following Hurricane Katrina and the resulting floods, much of New Orleans was underwater. But today it's a city in recovery. There are still many scars from the disaster, but there is also a feeling of rebirth.

Technology has played a big role in its path to recovery in the realms of communications, disaster recovery, and now with economic development.

The Louisiana Economic Development reports that "Louisiana's tech industry is among the Top 10 for employment growth" and Louisiana Technology Council president Mark Lewis says that "over the past three or four years, high-tech employment in Louisiana has grown while most states have actually lost employment from a technology standpoint." He added that last year, Louisiana was one of the top three states in terms of technology employment growth.

To learn more about the role technology has played and is playing in the recovery, I sat down with Lewis, Bob Fudickar, Louisiana Economic Development's technology industry director, and Matt Slack, president of AV Solutions, a company that provides technology support for businesses in the region.

Bob Fudickar, Matt Slack, and Mark Lewis Larry Magid


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