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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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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City of New Orleans Receives $500K Grant from National Coastal Resilience Fund for New Orleans East Landbridge Project

The City of New Orleans announced that it has received a $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s National Coastal Resilience Fund for the City’s New Orleans East Landbridge project.

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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.