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Impetus is Ranked #1 Mid-Size Company to Work for in New Orleans by The Times-Picayune

What started as a residential construction company in the 1950s has been transformed into a rapidly scaling, regional commercial construction solutions provider that operates with the soul of a startup.

Impetus was launched in 2021 as a rebrand of Palmisano, allowing the company to build on its proven foundation of quality, service, partnership and philanthropy while continuing to innovate design and construction for the modern era. Today, Impetus has more than 200 employees and offices in both New Orleans and Nashville.

This work has resulted in Impetus being voted as the No. 1 Top Workplace in New Orleans in the midsized business category this year.

Impetus believes it has the honor, ability, and responsibility to build a better world for it team, clients, the construction industry, and the communities it serves. That all starts by supporting employees through their personal and professional journeys. A dedicated Employee Experience team is there to provide support and has shown demonstrable results, including a wider talent pool, improved retention and high engagement.

“We’ve created a workplace where people feel they belong. There’s a sense of developing a career instead of punching a clock, and a culture of opportunity that draws new talent because it inspires employees to deliver their personal and professional best.  It’s about never being content to rest each time we reach our best. Our better is never finished. As we develop and sustain this destination workplace culture, our teams thrive and perform at a higher level.” – Impetus Leader

The launch of Impetus came as part of the company’s continual commitment to growth. In 2016, it created The Palmisano Foundation, which completed an outdoor classroom and play area for Playbuild that same year. A heavy civil construction division and self-perform capabilities were added soon after. In 2018, the company moved into its current location on the Tchoupitoulas Riverfront and increased its staff. In 2019, it hosted the inaugural Renegade Fest, an outdoor music festival that raised more than $150,000 for local causes.

In survey responses, many Impetus employees said they appreciate that their work is challenging and rewarding and that they have the right resources to reach their highest potential.

Another employee said they felt revitalized after joining Impetus after years working elsewhere in the construction industry.

Impetus’ projects include the Royal Frenchman Hotel, The Addison Apartments, Joan Mitchell Center Artists’ Studio, Ochsner Medical Center West Bank, Trader Joe’s and many more.

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