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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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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Dixie Beer to become Faubourg Brewing Company

The iconic Louisiana brewery, Dixie Beer, which has been around since 1907, will now be known as Faubourg Brewing Company after the nationwide uproar over racial discrimination sparked the company earlier this summer to ditch the name associated with the Confederacy. Read more.



Submission of Comments related to Zoning Docket 090/20

Editor’s note: This is a re-post from NextDoor, at the request of New Orleans East residents. The referenced attachment was not provided.

ACTION REQUIRED – Please forward and submit email

OPPOSITION to Zoning Docket 090/20. Summary of forward communication below. Email OPPOSITION comments by Monday, October 19, 2020 before 5:00PM to Troy Duhon of Toyota of New Orleans, Prestige Realty and Giving Hope to the following email addresses:

Robert D. Rivers, Executive Director –

Stephen Kroll – (email comments submission)

Re: Zoning Docket 090/20 replacing the former Zoning Docket 069/20 that was DENIED by the City Planning Commission on September 8, 2020 zoning request change from a commercial to a mixed-use development, because it is inconsistent with the Master Plan and does NOT promote the public health, safety and welfare of the City as expressed in the Master Plan. Continue reading “Submission of Comments related to Zoning Docket 090/20” | Tulane report finds deep racial disparities for New Orleans start-up businesses

A new study from Tulane University finds deep disparities in the opportunities available to non-white entrepreneurs trying to start businesses in the greater New Orleans area.

The annual survey of New Orleans’ start-up businesses by Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, published on Monday, found that firms owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs are only half as likely as white-owned firms to receive debt financing via traditional bank loans.

They also receive equity investments less than half as often in the earliest round, the report found. Read more.