Supporting business growth at the intersection of community intention and market analysis.
Through Strategic Neighborhood Development we are focusing NOLABA resources and economic development in neighborhoods that have endured historic disinvestment. Our SND team begins by working with existing residents and business owners who have sustained communities, centering them in shared learning and prioritizing strategies. We inform decisions with leading-edge data and design projects for future-focused economic growth and ongoing expansion.
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 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.
Each selected business receives $5,000 in funding and technical support to sustain the current economic downturn. In addition to this direct business support, NOLABA also invested $100,000 in projects that advance commercial revitalization efforts through partnerships with 10 community organizations.
In partnership with the City's Office of Cultural Economy and Arts Council New Orleans, NOLABA was awarded $75,000 through the NEA: Our Town grant to support public art and creative placemaking projects in New Orleans East. This represents one of 63 grants the agency awarded nationwide to support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes, ultimately laying the groundwork for sustainable systems change.
NEA funds will support a range of community engagement activities to guide the design and creation of new public art investments in Joe Brown Park and along commercial corridors in the East. Our team is proud to be part of the collaborative bringing this powerful visual art to New Orleans East, one of the city's most visually attractive neighborhoods and a core focus of our SND strategy. For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
Our latest installment of the Virtual Site Tour Series explored various sites ripe for development — particularly for food, media and technology businesses — in Tremé, Algiers, and New Orleans East.
The free virtual event featured the following industry experts and panelists:
Darryl L. Holliday, PhD, CRC, Director of the Food Science Program at University of Holy Cross
Roxanne Moray and 3D Na'Tee, Co-Founders/Co-Owners of 3D STUDIOS LLC
Chuck Morse, Executive Director of THRIVE New Orleans
Last year, the team began hosting a series of convenings within impact neighborhoods (shifted to virtual due to COVID-19) with stakeholders to assist neighborhoods in clarifying their shared objectives, develop and prioritize pipelines of projects and investment opportunities to achieve common goals. Through the convenings the team is working across the impact neighborhoods to address the following priorities: