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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


08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

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!


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

Recent Topics


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?

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