Today Drew Brees led his New Orleans Saints team to 13-0 with a win over Atlanta. That's good news for a city still struggling to rebuild after Katrina ravaged many areas. Tourism, and Mardi Gras are a big revenue generators. The announcement that Drew Brees will be this year's King of Bacchus which will roll a week after the Super Bowl.will rev up the excitement. New Orleans loves it's Saints team and appreciates the emotional comeback and hope this string of wins has given the residents of this city as they rally around big hopes for a Super Bowl appearance.
New Orlenas is financially important to the economy of the entire United States. The Port of New Orleans and the Port of South Louisiana, based in LaPlace just north of the city, combined form the largest port system in the world by bulk tonnage, and the world's fourth largest by annual volume handled. Over 6000 vessels and 700,000 passengers pass through the Port of New Orleans annually. The port's chief exports are grain and other agricultural produce from the Midwestern United States, and petroleum products. The leading imports include rubber, chemicals, cocoa beans, coffee, and petroleum. The port handles more trade with Latin America than does any other U.S. gateway, including Miami.
New Orleans was devistated by hurricaine Katrina and is still rebuilding. In August 2009 a New York Times report "showed that New Orleans still has more than 62,000 blighted and vacant houses and apartment buildings. Rents have leveled off, but they remain 40 percent higher than they were before the storm. People worry about what kind of good, long-term jobs there will be to replace recovery-related jobs when those disappear.The good news is that, on the fourth anniversary of the storm, New Orleans is weathering the recession relatively well. Since June 2008, the metro area has shed only about one percent of its jobs, significantly less than the 4.1 percent of jobs that have been lost nationally. Over the past 12 months, unemployment in New Orleans has mostly hovered around 5 percent... that is still well below the national average of 9.5 percent"
In spite that the long road to recovery is not yet over, The "Who Dat." chant for the New Orleans Sailts football team is now vibrating thruout this city and beginning to spread across the U.S. showing the resilience and determination of the people in this area.