Submission of Comments related to Zoning Docket 090/20

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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.

New Orleans Business Alliance and Mayor’s Office to Launch $350,000 Pilot Program to Support Resiliency of Local Businesses and Commercial Corridors 

 NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) are launching a $350,000 pilot program to support businesses and commercial corridors within the following seven neighborhoods identified as part of the NOLABA Strategic Neighborhood Development (SND) Strategy: New Orleans East, Lower 9, Hollygrove, Gert Town, Gentilly, Treme, and Algiers. These communities have experienced decades of disinvestment, leaving surrounding businesses more vulnerable to economic and environmental disasters, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading “New Orleans Business Alliance and Mayor’s Office to Launch $350,000 Pilot Program to Support Resiliency of Local Businesses and Commercial Corridors “ | Benson Capital Partners, venture fund backed by Gayle Benson, to invest $53M

Benson Capital Partners, a New Orleans-based venture capital firm backed by New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, said Thursday it had raised more than $50 million to pursue startup investments.

The firm, which was quietly launched last year, aims to find and invest in Gulf Coast companies that are fast-growing but hemmed in by a lack of funding. Read more.

Councilwoman Nguyen Announces Unified District E Economic Development Committee 

October 5, 2020 – New Orleans District “E” Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen is launching a Unified District E Economic Development Committee that will meet the week prior to New Orleans City Council meetings to discuss upcoming zoning, land use, and policies that affect District E, as well as long-term planning for the district. Continue reading “Councilwoman Nguyen Announces Unified District E Economic Development Committee “