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Dave Norris
Executive Director, Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center

Dr. Norris is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center. He manages the Center's two technology business incubators and coordinates the Enterprise Center's network of support services, business partners, investors, and mentors. He works in all aspects of the University's technology commercialization and business development activities. Through the Enterprise Center he also supports the development of the arts economy with the Enterprise Center Art Gallery and numerous other programs.

Dr. Norris was previously on the Economics faculty at Northeastern University in Boston (2000-2002) and served in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2000). He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and his master's and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to Washington, D.C. he was a research associate at the Ray Marshall Center for Public Policy in Austin (1996-1998).

He serves on several statewide boards including the Louisiana Business Incubator Association and the Louisiana Workforce Occupational Forecasting Conference.

Current Topic


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why does Louisiana have the second highest cancer death rate in America?

Recent Topics


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

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