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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayoral Priorities

It is irrefutable that we have turned a corner in our city's recovery. Together, we are creating a city where each child can reach his or her full potential, where everyone can get an honest wage for an honest day's work, and where parents can rest easy knowing their children are safe.

One thing is clear--while there's a long way to go, we're blazing a new path forward.

Public Safety

  • Partnered with the Department of Justice to reform the NOPD
  • Launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce murder that includes initiatives such as Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) and a Multi-Agency Gang Unit to combat gang and group violence, the Flip the Script awareness campaign, and NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball. 
  • Hired new recruit class using $2.7 million COPS grant
  • Beefed up and reformed NOPD's under-resourced homicide division and eliminated multi-year backlogs of firearms and sexual assault testing kits
  • Expanded federally-led Project Safe Neighborhoods to combat gun violence
  • Increased NOPD public outreach by opening COMSTAT to the public and creating Police Community Advisory boards

Jobs

  • Created public-private partnership NOLA's Business Alliance to enhance and coordinate economic development activities
  • Welcomed 3,400+ new jobs from businesses like GE Capital, video game developer Gameloft, wind turbine manufacturer Blade Dynamics, Folgers, and Hyatt Regency
  • Provided 2,300 summer jobs to teens through the Mayor's NOLA Youth Works Summer Employment program
  • Secured retail development including Costco (Mid-City) and Wal-Mart (Gentilly and N.O. East), New Era Cap Company (Central Business District), and Algiers Plaza on the West Bank
  • Launched the $14 million Fresh Food Retailer Initiative to increase access to fresh foods in underserved areas and announced that one of the first grants will help restore the iconic Circle Foods Store
  • Facilitated record $669 million spent on 289 film and video productions, including 61 tax credit projects with budgets over $300,000 
  • Created a robust office of Supplier Diversity that increased the number of certified disadvantaged business enterprises and began tracking and enforcing compliance with City's goal for DBE participation.

Rebuilding New Orleans

  • Outlined 306 committed and funded capital recovery projects to rebuild parks, playgrounds, police and fire stations, roads and community centers, of which 42 percent are complete
  • Reopened 5 public libraries across city
  • Partnered with Nike, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Brees Dream Foundation, and Foot Locker on nearly $25 million overhaul at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park
  • Launched $52.3 million first-time homebuyer soft second mortgage program

Fighting Blight

  • Engaged in aggressive fight against blight by consolidating departments, streamlining processes, and demolishing, remediating, or bringing into compliance over 4,400 blighted units
  • Ramped up enforcement of litter/dumping laws and held four "Fight the Blight" cleanup days with over 1,200 volunteers at 20 locations
  • Filed over 1,100 lien foreclosures on blighted properties, bringing in more than $1.8 million in blight liens and fines and auctioned over 400 abandoned vehicles
  • Mowed over 1,200 blighted lots through the innovative Lot Maintenance Program, providing jobs to neighborhood residents.

Recreation

  • Renovated and reopened both Louis Armstrong Park and the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Gold Course and broke ground on the $5.3 million MLB Urban Youth Academy in Pontchartrain Park
  • Opened 12 pools and partnered with Red Cross to offer 40,000+ hours of free swimming lessons
  • Operated 29 summer kiddie camps serving 4,000+ kids and launched popular new "Movies in the Park" program
  • Created the NORDC Neighborhood Participation Process after months of public input and research

Health

  • Restored 24-hour healthcare to N.O. East by opening "East After Hours Urgent Care," which has served over 5,400 patients
  • Secured significant new funding and operators for full-service hospital in New Orleans East
  • Transitioned City primary care centers to neighborhood clinics, allowing the Health Department to focus on public health issues like obesity and behavioral health
  • Released a 10-year plan to end homelessness in New Orleans
  • Served over 125,00 meals through the Summer Food Service Program
  • Published Behavioral Health Resource Guide to promote mental health and substance abuse support services

Reforming City Hall

  • Eliminated a $100 million deficit inherited in 2010 by reducing city government spending by over 8 percent by cutting smart, reorganizing, and investing in those things that return value to the taxpayers
  • Used citizen-driven Budgeting for Outcomes process to develop key priorities which resulted in balanced and structurally sound budgets
  • Eliminated wasteful spending by reducing take-home cars in half, reigning in overtime and credit card spending, and cutting and renegotiating contracts of all sizes from MWH to sanitation to IT
  • Raised over $76 million in federal grants and private philanthropic resources including $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant and $4.2 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help reduce murder
  • Completely reformed procurement and contracting process so that contracts are awarded based on what you know, not whom you know
  • Selected for Obama Administration's "Strong Cities, Strong Communities" initiative to support local priorities
  • Created weekly STAT meetings to track blight reduction, quality of life issues, procurement and payment processes, and revenue collection and cost containment efforts and developed the quarterly ResultsNOLA report for citizens to track performance

Transportation & Sustainability

  • Completed $45 million streetcar expansion on Loyola Avenue
  • Launched pedicab operations in French Quarter, a new industry that has created over 100 jobs
  • Passed major reforms to taxicab industry which focus on improving passenger experience and safety
  • Committed to building "Complete Streets"
  • Increased bikeways and pedestrian walkways from 5 miles pre-Katrina to more than 70 completed or in planning
  • Awarded Bronze-level Bike Friendly and Walk-Friendly Community designations
  • Initiated weekly curbside recycling program with 35,000 participants and processed 8,000 Christmas trees for wetlands restoration
  • Secured $2 million from Department of Energy for efficiency upgrades at four libraries and 800 LED streetlights installations
  • Launched "Don't Trash Dat!" anti-litter campaign
  • Launched NOLA Wise revolving loan program to encourage residential and business energy efficiency
 
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Last updated: 3/20/2014 2:36:11 PM

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