"If you are passionate about something, if you want to explore something, you can do that here."
"My personal mission in life is to keep as many people here as possible."
"What makes New Orleans stand out is the complete freedom you have to be who ever the hell you want."
"You can come here and you can make a real difference."
"We've got a new generation of people that is going to ensure not only the success in the community but a level of creativity I have not seen in the 40 years I have practiced here."
"If you come to New Orleans right now you're going to find people who want to help you."
"New Orleans has a very low barrier for entry. In a city with incredible culture and access to opportunity."
"What's in it for me. I don't feel like people have that here compared to some other cities I have been to."
"What everyone says about the city; you come here and you fall in love with it."
"People have become almost commanding of what they would like to see in their community . . . We're going to make it happen for ourselves."
"It's a whole different atmosphere out there, people want to be here. They want to fix things. They want to make it right."
"I see people excited about wanting to come here and the people who do make it here, there is everything for them to do."
"There was always something in every country or city that I went to that reminded me of New Orleans."
"New Orleans is the type of town that loves people back."
"Everyone seems to be a lot more attune to what the city needs and I think when you have people working on that same accord good things happen."
"I am a walking advertisement for New Orleans. everywhere I go I promote the city and what is has to offer."
"People here want to create their vision of the future."
"My work has become brighter and happier. Maybe it has something to do about being here."