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POTUS Visit to New Orleans

A presidential stop at the Port of New Orleans

POTUS Visit to New Orleans

A presidential stop at the Port of New Orleans

The moment we received the RFPs, it was clear this event would be a little different from the norm. Our first clue? The official letterhead... it was from The White House.

When the President of the United States comes to town, it’s a big deal. Each appearance he makes requires intense coordination, security and logistics work. And during a quick stop in November 2013, President Obama was planning to speak about the economy from the Port of New Orleans.

Solomon Group was chosen to provide full production services for the event, including sound, lighting and the site build. Local leaders, members of the public, and a sea of press were expected to attend. The challenge? Provide everything requested by the Executive Office of the President, and make sure it was on-site, in place, and ready to go.

We had 36 hours.

Our team needed to stage a private, indoor area, as well as a nearby outdoor location for the event. Inside of a port warehouse, we quickly created half a dozen separate areas to be used as a press holding room, photography area and temporary office space. Outside, a large area of Nashville Avenue Wharf B needed to be prepared for the crowds that would gather to hear the President’s speech.

With less than two days notice, Solomon Group provided stage decking, lighting, audio, power, carpeting, tables, chairs, barricades, press risers and coordination services to make sure the President’s visit went off exactly as planned.

Solomon Group’s work scope was coordinated directly with The White House. Not only was the turnaround time extremely tight, but the security involved and precision required in staging a Presidential visit is on a level all its own. Once again, our talented project managers made a somewhat daunting task look easy.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Gerber Photography.

What We did

  • Project Management
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  • Live Event Production
  • Lighting
  • Site Logistics + Management