Josh Fleig is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Greater New Orleans, Inc. Under his leadership, the business development team owns recruiting, retention and growth of businesses across the 10 parish region. With a focus on both legacy and emerging industries, the business development team also drives strategy for entrepreneurship & innovation, talent solutions and workforce development initiatives across the organization.
Prior to joining GNO, Inc., Josh was the lead architect behind the growth of the technology industry in Louisiana over the last decade. Starting under the Jindal administration in 2012, he built the strategy that led to many of the software and digital media wins during his tenure at Louisiana Economic Development (LED). Josh was also instrumental in creating the state’s Entertainment Development Fund as well as designing the largest venture capital program in state history under the U.S. State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
Prior to LED, Josh was the Director of Media & Brands at SinglePoint (now Bally’s Corporation – NYSE: BALY). At SinglePoint he managed all publisher relationships for the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business focused on building interactive TV engagements (text-to-TV) across major broadcasters including CBS, Disney, Viacom & Discovery. He began his work in the media industry at NBCUniversal working as a technical producer in interactive media product design. There he produced hundreds of fan engagements across NBC Sports, Bravo, Syfy, MSNBC, CNBC, et al.
Before exploring the intersection of media & technology, Josh spent 4 years in the classroom at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. There, Josh was chair of the computer science department and he was the youngest chair in the school’s nearly 150 year history.
Josh holds a B.A. in Art History from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and an M.F.A. in Interactive Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor in LSU’s College of Art + Design, an advisory board member for Tulane’s SoPA Digital Design program, an industry board member of the Digital Media Institute in Shreveport and a board member for NexusLA (formerly the Louisiana Technology Park).