|World Trade Center of New Orleans|
World Trade Center of New Orleans
|Motto||Louisiana's most established international business organization|
|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|
Dating back to its origins more than 50 years ago, the World Trade Center of New Orleans is the founding member of the World Trade Centers Association, an organization of over 300 World Trade Centers in almost 100 countries across the globe. The mission of the World Trade Center is to facilitate the addition of wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, economic development and allied activities by supporting a prosperous international business climate in Louisiana with advocacy, information, education, and stakeholder programs and services.
On Friday, January 28, 1944, the establishment of the International House, the predecessor of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, was announced to the world.
The formal Dedication Ceremony took place on April 30, 1968, as part of a larger celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans. To mark the occasion, ambassadors from all over the world visited the city, celebratory parades and banquets were held, and the Organization of American States brought its first meeting outside of Washington, D.C., to New Orleans.
The International Trade Mart sought to develop trade by assisting in the creation of joint ventures, prioritizing educational projects, and collaborating with organizations that shared similar goals.
The establishment of the International House sparked the formation of a world-wide league of trade centers. This league, now the World Trade Centers Association, today encompasses 300 World Trade Center organizations in nearly 100 countries.
World Trade Center Building 
Prior to June 2011, the World Trade Center of New Orleans was housed in the historic 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 World Trade Center building formerly housed numerous foreign consulates and the headquarters for the Port of New Orleans.
The top floor hosted a cocktail lounge called "Top of the Mart" from the 1970s through 2001. The bar slowly rotated once per hour. Subsequently, the "360" cocktail lounge opened in its place and remained in business until 2005.
World Trade Center Organization 
The World Trade Center of New Orleans is located in the One Canal Place office tower. Upon the hiring of CEO Dominik Knoll in 2010 the WTCNO began shifting its efforts from diplomatic and social events toward business focused activities, including consulting and matchmaking, research and white papers, trade missions, and advocacy.
International trade is a significant component of the Louisiana economy, and the WTCNO contributes to the advancement of the international economic sector through its work with businesses and an extended network throughout the Gulf Coast region. The WTCNO consists of 1,000+ corporate and individual members. This membership base represents a diverse group of industry leaders, 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 the state’s record-breaking exports, the total value of which exceeded $63 billion.
365 Canal Street
Suite 1120 New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
See also 
- "World Trade Center New Orleans". WTCNO. Ryan Baudoin. Retrieved 7/5/2011.
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