Time: Noon to 5PM, March 18th
Place: 470 Hebert Street in New Orleans, LA at Federal City
What: The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce celebrates REVLY and Center Lift with ribbon cutting in Federal City.
This week, Federal City administrators finally cleared the way for expanded development in Federal City. Under the leadership of State Representative Jeff Arnold and the Algiers Development District big things are being set into motion for the West Bank development. While much of the news about Federal City has been about the wrangling between different agencies, two unique companies REVLY and Center Lift have been quietly working to create their own ecosystem for innovation and economic growth.
Having started and grown in Federal City hasn't been without its challenges. "We've eaten at the only restaurant in Federal City for the past two years, the Subway," said Carlos Mena, one of the REVLY's founders, "and we appreciate the Subway owners' commitment to our area." But aside from having Subway for lunch every day, the founders and employees of Center Lift and REVLY, have taken advantage of the relative isolation and lack of distraction in order to build unique business models and file several intellectual property patents.
Center Lift is an innovative Marine Services company that specializes in launching vessels, salvage, and moving heavy equipment. Center Lift's founder, James Pirtle, was the captain on the television show Salvage Divers and the company is fundamentally changing his industry through unique inventions. REVLY's founders have built their own unique software package for installation, configuration, and management of enterprise communication and productivity services. REVLY technologists Mark Madere and Albert Sunseri have also been busy filing patents for their unique processes. REVLY's core software provides email, messaging, video conferencing, file sharing, and other services for businesses and organizations. The company sells software as a service as well as software products.
Both Center Lift and REVLY are now working to actively recruit and develop a positive environment for high tech companies. REVLY runs a data center in federal city and offers software developers around the city an opportunity to obtain affordable development servers for their companies.
The open house and ribbon cutting are open to the public and are a great opportunity to see a few of New Orleans' hottest new companies. The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to cut the ribbon celebrating New Orleans new center of innovation.