| Advocate, Cox Business launch new program to spotlight minority business successes

September 25, 2020. The Advocate and Cox Business are partnering on a new program in October that will spotlight minority-owned businesses that are dealing with the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans are to highlight the successes of two businesses each through articles in The Advocate in Baton Rouge and in Acadiana and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.  Read the story.

Bloomberg: Amazon reportedly placing 1,000 warehouses in U.S. neighborhoods

Initiative could make use of vacant real estate

September 16, 2020. Inc. plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities and suburbs all over the U.S. to help meet consumer demand for online orders. Consumed with honoring a pre-pandemic pledge to get many products to Prime subscribers on the same day, and with the holidays approaching, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is doubling down by investing billions in proximity, putting warehouses and swarms of blue vans in neighborhoods long populated with car dealerships, fast-food joints, shopping malls and big-box stores. Continue reading “Bloomberg: Amazon reportedly placing 1,000 warehouses in U.S. neighborhoods”

District E Land Use Community Meeting to be held

New Economic Development Committee to be discussed

New Orleans Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen and District E Economic Development Liaison Victoria Lewandrowski will host a community meeting to consider upcoming land use requests that affect District E. All community members and policymakers are invited to join the discussion. Continue reading “District E Land Use Community Meeting to be held”

Economic Development Survey for Business Owners

As part of an effort to bring much needed growth to New Orleans East, NOELA Services is independently collecting information to provide to organizations whose goals include increasing economic development in the area.

This is one of several surveys to be distributed to determine what challenges exist for potential and existing business owners. This first survey is to be completed only by individuals who 1) previously or currently live in and/or own a business in New Orleans East; or 2) are considering operating a business in New Orleans East.

Please complete the survey only once per person and share the survey with other individuals who meet this criteria. The more feedback we receive, the better we can gauge the needs of the area. Your personal contact information will be used ONLY if further clarification is needed.

Please respond no later than August 31, 2019. Your participation is greatly appreciated. The next survey will target residents.

Complete the survey here.

The Future of Six Flags

Playland NOLA offers another view of what the former amusement park could be

Fourteen years after Hurricane Katrina, one of its most visible casualties, the 227-acre amusement park which has previously operated as both Jazzland and Six Flags theme parks, still sits abandoned. Residents are wondering, “Why hasn’t the site been redeveloped?”

In 2000 the park opened as Jazzland Theme Park, but by 2002, the debt was too great and they filed for bankruptcy. Six Flags then obtained possession of the site from the bankruptcy court. Six Flags had their own financial problems and eventually also filed for bankruptcy in 2009 which enabled them to cancel their lease with the City. The theme park did not reopen after Hurricane Katrina and the Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans (IDB) eventually took control of the site. During the 14 years that the park has sat idle, there were failed proposals to build a Nickelodeon theme park in 2009, an outlet mall in 2013, and numerous other plans to rebuild another amusement park — plans that the IDB has shown little interest in, due to lack of proof of funding and developers’ wherewithal. Continue reading “The Future of Six Flags”