World Trade Center of New Orleans
The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) is a non-profit organization of more than 1,000 corporate and individual members which was started in 1943 as International House and in 1945 as International Trade Mart, its two predecessor organizations, which merged in 1985. Dating back to its origins more than 50 years ago, WTCNO was the first of what are today over 300 World Trade Center organizations in nearly 100 countries which are members of the World Trade Centers Association. The Association itself was founded in New Orleans in 1968.
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, resulting in the retention, recruitment and expansion of Louisiana-based international businesses.