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Business Wire:Shell Brings Employees Together With New Orleans Civic, Business & Political Leaders to Mark Return to Downtown; $500,000 Donation to New Orleans Police Foundation for Housing

Jan 30, 2006
Today Shell marked the re-opening of its downtown New Orleans offices with a community ceremony at One Shell Square that included Shell employees, civic and political leaders, and business partners.
“Like so many other businesses, Shell left its headquarters in the Central Business District in preparation for Hurricane Katrina five months ago,” said Marvin Odum, Executive Vice President, Shell Exploration & Production – who heads the Americas. “Many of our New Orleans team relocated to temporary offices in Robert, Louisiana and Houston. And other dedicated employees were able to return to other Shell offices and facilities in the region, working hard to deliver energy to the country during an otherwise chaotic time. Yet throughout it all, the Shell commitment to the region has remained firm.”
“Approximately 250 New Orleans-based Shell employees returned home today. Another 750 employees will follow the week of February 20th,” said Frank Glaviano, Vice President – Production, Americas Region. “These individuals and their jobs represent important contributions to the emerging economic recovery of the region and its community fabric. Shell is one of the largest New Orleans Central Business District employers and employs more than 4,000 people in the State.”
Odum was joined by Henri Wolbrette, Chairman of the New Orleans Police Foundation, who was presented with a donation of $500,000 to address immediate housing needs for police officers, firemen and EMS personnel.
“Shell's generous donation to the New Orleans Police Foundation will go a long way toward helping the brave men and women of New Orleans Police Department and other first responders re-equip, re-build and restore their lives,”' said Wolbrette. “When these individuals have a home to return to at the end of the day, they're better able to serve and protect our community.”
Also represented at the ceremony were dozens of business leaders and scores of downtown neighbors.
“New Orleans has steadily been returning to business,” said Kurt Weigle, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District, “But the Shell return to One Shell Square is an exclamation point for all of us. The Shell commitment sends an important message: Downtown New Orleans is back in business!”
“All of us must now adapt to a 'new normal' in New Orleans,” continued Odum, “and I'm proud that Shell has been a leader in bringing together the community organizations, businesses of all sizes, and the enthusiasm of countless individuals to contribute to the steady momentum of rebuilding.”
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