The Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, the Jefferson Business Council and the Southeast Regional Coalition of Business Councils sincerely thank John Georges, publisher and CEO, and all members of The Advocate organization, for providing a quality, daily printed newspaper to the residents of New Orleans. The New Orleans Advocate is consistently delivering in-depth news and information to our community, meeting the demand for timely and accurate reporting. Were it not for John Georges and his commitment to our city, New Orleans would lack a robust daily paper at a critical juncture of its economic and political life.

The value of a daily newspaper to a community is enormous. Immediate and broad coverage of news is essential to a functional democracy as it allows the public greater access to information. It brings about greater transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of government institutions and processes.