First State of the East Forum Held

Local elected officials and business leaders addressed the future of New Orleans East

The NOLA East Economic Development Focus Group “New Orleans East Matters” held its first State of the East Forum on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. The event, which was also Live Streamed on the church’s Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Instagram, had limited attendance due to COVID-19.

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City Releases RFQ for Redevelopment of Former Six Flags Property

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a Master Developer for the redevelopment of the former Six Flags site in New Orleans East. After more than a decade sitting vacant, the City is moving forward with a call to identify a qualified team that brings the experience, capacity and resources to create a transformative project at a key site for both the New Orleans East community and the city. The first phase of the RFQ opens Dec. 16, 2020, and responses will be accepted until February 9, 2021.

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Urban League of Louisiana works with Google to provide Black-owned Small Businesses with free Storefront Kits

Google is working with the Urban League of Louisiana on a pilot to provide Black-owned, small and medium-sized businesses with free Google Storefront Kits and other Google services. This initiative will support safer business environments for customers and employees of eligible businesses in response to COVID-19 safety measures. This pilot program will support Black-owned businesses operating storefronts, food trucks, commercial office spaces, or customer-accessible home offices across the state of Louisiana.

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From East New Orleans to the West Wing of the White House

Congressman Cedric Richmond to take prominent job in the Biden Administration

In a press conference Richmond held at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, Cedric Richmond, a son of New Orleans East reminisced about his younger days at Goretti playground as he discussed his plans to resign his position in Congress to take a position as Director of Public Engagement in the Administration of President-Elect Joe Biden .

Congressman Richmond’s path to the White House began in the Louisiana Legislature. 

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Resilient Corridors Initiative Grant Applications Open for Small Businesses Due December 14, 2020

The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) launched a $350,000 pilot program to support businesses and commercial corridors within Strategic Neighborhood Development focus neighborhoods (Gentilly, Treme, Algiers, New Orleans East, Lower 9, Hollygrove and Gert Town). These communities have experienced decades of disinvestment, leaving surrounding businesses more vulnerable to economic and environmental disasters, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

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