| Three years after tornado, relocation of National Finance Center still a political hot potato

Three years after a powerful tornado destroyed their building, nearly 1,000 federal government employees at the National Finance Center in New Orleans East are working from crumbling prefabricated buildings and still have no clue when they’ll get a permanent new home.

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Mtumishi St. Julien

February 15, 2020

Recently there has been more discussion on where to put the new city hall for the City of New Orleans. The old Charity Hospital idea has come and gone. Now the Municipal Auditorium idea has caught fire. But Councilman Jay Banks in a February 6 Advocate article was quoted as saying that “he has heard only conceptual discussions about a move to Municipal Auditorium but would not oppose City Hall leaving the CBD.

“I’m looking out my window as I’m speaking to you at the Superdome, so I know this is prime property that could be providing much more economic benefit to the city,” he said. Banks said his first choice would be to move City Hall — along with the Sewerage & Water Board offices and Civil District Court — to a campus in New Orleans East, where their employees could provide an economic shot in the arm for the area. But he said he was not wedded to any particular idea of where city government should be located.

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New Orleans City Business | Indoor amusement center in New Orleans East to open

According to a news release, a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex in New Orleans East was scheduled to open Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Optimus Entertainment is opening an indoor amusement center in a newly renovated, 42,000-square-foot retail outlet near New Orleans East Hospital and East New Orleans Regional Library. The 24,000-square-foot entertainment center has over 50 games, two laser tag arenas, bumper cars, a 12 seat 12-D interactive theater, virtual reality gaming, a soft play indoor toddler playground with a ball pit and six party rooms to rent for parties and corporate events.  Read the New Orleans City Business article.

Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen: Italian Company to Establish Operations in New Orleans East


In a statement released by Councilmember Nguyen related to progress made after the tornado that tore through New Orleans East on February 7, 2017, it was reported that on February 6, 2020 the New Orleans City Council approved an Industrial Tax Exemption (ITE) to incentivize Iriapak, a 25-year old business based in Vergiate, Italy, to establish new production in the area. Iriapak specializes in the printing of plastic paper packaging products used by the top producers of home paper products such as tissue and paper towels.

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New Orleans East Exploratory Meeting held at Dixie Brewery

Saturday, February 1, 2020. In what was described as “the first of many meetings with New Orleans East stakeholders”, representatives of the New Orleans Business Alliance led a packed room of New Orleans East residents in discussions and sharing of data and ideas related to how to bring change to New Orleans East, with the intent to develop a strategy by the end of the year.

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