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Workshop on Regional Economic Development in New Orleans

November 7, 2013

Expert speakers share experiences at 2-day conference

Austrian Trade Commissioner in Chicago Franz Roessler and Jodok Schaeffler, General Manager of Alpla, Inc., an Austrian plastics manufacturer specializing in blow-molded bottles and caps, participated in a workshop organized and sponsored by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and CenterAustria of the University of New Orleans October 20-21, 2013. Other participants included professors and officials from Austria, speakers from UNO and other U.S. universities and representatives of economic development groups. The event‘s focus was a comparison of regional development in the European Union and the American South.

The workshop also included an appearance from Wolfgang Petritsch, who was Austrian ambassador to the former Yugoslavia and helped run the diplomatic process to end the war there in the 1990s. Petritsch is now a fellow at Harvard University and chairman of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, which aims to share economics and social sciences knowledge between Austria and the United States.