BOOM! Southeastern Commerce
By Adams and Reese
Each episode, you'll hear an in-depth discussion on issues involving trade, economic development, government, business and transportation/logistics. We explore how these drivers shape our unique regional economy, and we explore how trends and changes might affect business operations throughout the Southeast in the years to come.
BOOM! Southeastern CommerceSep 16, 2021
Shaping the Future of Business Operations: Turning Threat into Opportunity
As the fourth wave of COVID surges, businesses are left, once again, wondering what to expect in regards to their staff, clients, office space, and more. In Season 2, Episode 5, Adams and Reese’s Managing Partner, Gif Thornton, and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Tim Volpe, join host, Chris Kane, to recount their experiences as leaders navigating the pandemic, how they overcame challenges, and discuss what may be on the horizon as COVID-19 continues to shape the future of business operations.
Fighting Cyber Crime: The $1 Trillion Invisible Threat
From supply chains to the boardroom, cybersecurity is impacting our economy. It’s no longer a question of ‘if’ your company will be targeted, but “when” will it happen. In Episode 4, Barry Hensley, Chief Threat Intelligence Officer at Secureworks and Souwei Ford, Atlantic/SE Cyber Team Leader at Willis Towers Watson talk to Roy Hadley and Chris Kane about cyber crimes, how it’s become an invisible economic threat, the questions businesses should be asking, and the actions that need to happen now.
Anchors Aweigh: U.S.S. Mobile Sets New Economic Course for the Gulf South
Season 2, Episode 3 - The City of Mobile has always played an important role in the U.S. shipbuilding industry. Most recently, the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest combat ship, U.S.S. Mobile, in the city it was built, Mobile. Bradley Byrne, former U.S. Representative for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, joins Chris Kane for a discussion on the U.S.S. Mobile, the economic incentives it brought to the Gulf South region, and what’s next for the shipbuilding industry in the United States.
Mega Sporting Events are Super for the Economy
Season 2, Episode 2 - New Orleans will play host again to the Final Four (2022) and then the Super Bowl (2025). Cities that bid on major sporting events not only boost the tourism sector, but also provide a substantial economic injection for the city and region. Jay Cicero, President/CEO, Jeff Rossi, SVP of Events, and Phillip Sherman, Chairman, of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation join host Chris Kane for a discussion on how these major sporting events come about, stimulate jobs, reinvigorate the host city’s image, and generate business revenue while still recovering from COVID.
Road to Recovery: The Revitalization of Restaurants
In Season 2, Episode 1, internationally known Chef and Restaurateur John Folse and Stan Harris, President and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, joins Chris Kane for a discussion about how the restaurant industry is looking beyond COVID and how the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund will play a role in their recovery efforts.
Silver Linings in a Season of Thanks
In Episode 13, we take a look back at 2020 and ahead to commerce-related developments for Q4 and 2021 in our final episode of Season 1 of Boom! Chris Kane joins Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., and Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce, for a recap of the past year, looking at the bright side as well as challenges we overcame. From the opening of New Orleans’ new airport to the ways COVID-19 changed our lives beginning this spring, to the impact on schools, music, and sports, we revisit topics that shaped the business world throughout the past year. As the pandemic threatens to hang around for a bit longer, we talk with our guests about what’s on their wish lists for the next set of COVID-19-related legislation, and whether the technology boom is here to stay.
M-m-m-my Corona! Live Music and Recording Industry During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In Episode 12, award-winning record producers and engineers Chuck Ainlay and Jeff Balding talk with Chris Kane about how COVID-19 has impacted the recording and live music industries. After decades of transformative change in these industries, learn how technology is shaping music recording and production and live music events in the midst of the pandemic. Chuck and Jeff share how artists are approaching recording new music safely in Nashville studios and explain the challenges of streaming events to promote new music and generate revenue in this new, uncertain climate.
Game Time? The Return of Sports and What It Means for Athletes and Fans
In Episode 11 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast, Nashville’s Brent Dougherty, co-host of 3HL on 104.5 The Zone, and Larry Holder, New Orleans sports columnist for The Athletic, talk to Brad Lampley and Chris Kane about the challenges of the return of fall sports across the Southeast as professional, college and high school leagues are starting their seasons, as well as what the fan experience might be like.
New School Year, New Normal: Balancing Education and Public Safety
Robin Autopilot CEO Talks About Innovation, Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Challenges
Investment in America’s Infrastructure: How Tennessee is Approaching Challenges and Solutions
Acting Administrator for USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Talks About $1 Billion B&I CARES Act Loan Program
Mark Bordziski, USDA’s Acting Administrator for Rural Business-Cooperative Service, joins Michael Berson and Chris Kane of Adams and Reese for a discussion about the USDA’s Business & Industry (B&I) Cares Act Program and how it’s helping rural businesses have access to capital during the COVID-19 crisis.
Gary Brantley talks COVID-19, Remote Workforces and Cities of the Future
In Episode 6 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast, Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer for the City of Atlanta, joins Roy Hadley and Chris Kane of Adams and Reese talk about the role that technology has in helping cities and governments respond to the COVID-19 crisis as well as the role technology will have in shaping cities of the future. Both Gary and Roy helped the City of Atlanta in its response and recovery efforts from the City’s 2018 ransomware attack and are helping to lead the City into the future.
We also put Gary on the “BOOM” Rapid Fire hot seat as we learn more about his book, The Art of Organizational Transformation, his passion for public service, and why he chose the path of technology instead of aeronautics.
Mayor Benjamin Talks COVID-19 Response and the Booming City of Columbia
In Episode 5 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast, Mayor Steve Benjamin joins LaJoia Broughton and Chris Kane of Adams and Reese for a discussion about lessons learned from the City of Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as what’s next for the booming City of Columbia in regards to social and economic development projects. We also put Mayor Benjamin on the hot seat as we learn more about him, the three I’s of city life (Infrastructure, Innovation and Inclusion), his time as Former President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and what’s next for him.
Coronavirus & The New Normal: Balancing A Return To Work And Public Health
In Episode 4 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast, city and chamber of commerce representatives from Nashville Tennessee, Jefferson Parish Louisiana and Columbia South Carolina speak with Adams and Reese attorney Chris Kane about what the next few months may look like from a perspective of balancing a return to work and public health.
Looking Above and Ahead: Commercial Drones in the Southeast
In Episode 3 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast, Ken Stewart (AiRXOS) joins Adams and Reese attorneys Chris Kane and Grant Guillot for a look above and ahead at the growing use of commercial drones throughout the Southeast. This episode covers how drones are being used today, what types of regulations are in place, what regulatory and public perception hurdles are preventing further adoption of commercial drones and where the drone industry is expected to expand in the future.
TechSC and its Plan to Help Grow the Tech Community in South Carolina
Episode 2 of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast takes us to Columbia, South Carolina, where we join Preston Grisham (TechSC) and Adams and Reese attorneys Jack Pringle and Chris Kane for a discussion on South Carolina's statewide initiative aimed at driving technology growth and innovation. The trio discusses how virtually every company has become a technology company, given the amounts of data they store, as well as the inherent cybersecurity risks for all types of companies in today's interconnected world.
From Port to Airport: New Orleans Economic and Trade Trends
The inaugural episode of BOOM! The Southeastern Commerce Podcast focuses on trade, infrastructure and economic development in New Orleans.
Michael Hecht (Greater New Orleans, Inc.) and Brandy Christian (Port of New Orleans) join Chris Kane and Zach Butterworth of Adams and Reese for a discussion about the city’s job growth, New Orleans’ new airport, the effect of trade wars on the economy and trade, infrastructure challenges and an update on the Public Belt railroad.