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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

News and Updates

Newsletter Archives from the Neighborhood Engagement Office

Commemorating the February 2017 New Orleans East Tornado

February 7, 2018

by Sherae M. Hunter, Senior Liaison
Filed under: east, new, orleans, recovery, tornado

A year ago today, on February 7th, 2017, a category EF-3 tornado devastated large portions of New Orleans East. This was the strongest tornado ever recorded in the city’s history, damaging close to 300 homes and injuring over 30 people. Luckily, there was no loss of life, but residents in the East are still feeling the impact of this weather event today. 

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The Mardi Gras Recycling Initiative Comes to Thoth

February 7, 2018

by Ross Hunter
Filed under: green

Make Mardi Gras History With Us!

YLC Recycles, in collaboration with Arc of Greater New Orleans, has launched a pilot recycling initiative for the 2018 Mardi Gras season, with support from Republic Services, the Krewes of Thoth and Freret, and the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation. The initiative will provide recycling services during Krewe of Thoth this Sunday, February 11.

YLC Recycles still needs volunteers to hand out recycling bags and staff recycling stations along the parade route this Sunday. There are two shifts available, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sign up for a shift by contacting:

Krewe of Thoth - Shift #1 (2/11/18)

Krewe of Thoth - Shift #2 (2/11/18)

YLC wishes to sincerely thank all of the amazing individuals who volunteered last weekend on the Krewe of Freret parade route! Thanks to your incredible efforts, The Mardi Gras Recycling Initiative allows for the reuse of  beads and other throws, as well as recyclable metals and plastics.  In addition, this reduces the volume of items sent to the landfill.

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Deadline Extended for the Tricentennial Neighborhood Grant

January 19, 2018

by Valerie Bouldin, Liaison
Filed under: capacity building, community, neighborhood

The Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants, funded by the 2018 NOLA Foundation, will allow New Orleanians an opportunity to further own the city’s future by distributing 73 grants of $1,000 each to support events or projects that uplift New Orleans neighborhoods. The project or celebration must take place within Orleans Parish.  The deadline is extended to Wednesday, January 24th 2018 at 5:00pm.

Project parameters

The awarded grant is to be used for one or more of the following:

·         A neighborhood celebration of the Tricentennial

·         A collaborative neighborhood beautification or quality of life project commemorating the Tricentennial

·         A capacity building project for youth (17 years of age and under)

·         A Tricentennial outreach project for the organization

Applicant eligibility

Applicant must meet each of the following criteria:

·         Be a member of any formal or informal neighborhood/community association

·         Resident of Orleans Parish

·         18 years of age or older

·         501(c)3  designation (for formal associations) or Federal tax ID number (for informal association)

To Apply: Visit for the online application or to download the application form. Applications are now due by January 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

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Public Meeting: Magnolia Bridge Refurbishing

January 18, 2018

by James Baker, Liaison

The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will soon begin refurbishing the Magnolia Bridge.  The scope of work includes:

  • Cleaning and painting the superstructure and decking;
  • Sealing cracks in the sub-structure; and 
  • Replacing decking, beams, and other structural components.

Learn more about what to expect during construction at a community meeting

When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cabrini High School Cafeteria 

1400 Moss Street., New Orleans, LA 70112


For more information visit, send an email to r

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A Successful 2017 Neighborhood Summit

December 2, 2017

by Greg Lawson, Deputy Director
Filed under: capacity building, community, faith leaders, green, infrastructure, land use, leadership development, neighborhood

On December 2nd, Neighborhood Engagement Office in partnership with Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), hosted over 400 leaders from across the city at 6th annual New Orleans Neighborhood Summit. This year's theme was Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future. The theme was centered on strengthening resident’s capacity to build a stronger more resilient city and provide a platform for building stronger relationships between neighbors, community partners, and local government. This theme of strength and resilience was woven throughout the workshops focused on issues ranging from affordable housing and community policing to coastal affairs and emergency preparedness. Engaged participants shared their experiences and expertise in these veins and made many connections across neighborhood lines.

Throughout the day, leaders engaged with over 25 city and nonprofit agencies ranging from the Health Department, NORDC, NOLA Ready and the Office of Resilient and Sustainability. Following the resource fair, Mayor Landrieu provided remarks to the bustling crowd of residents on the importance of public participation and accountability. During his remarks he welcomed Mayor-Elect Cantrell and they both discussed the importance that of a successful transition as well as for the need for government accountability.

During the closing program, the office launched the anticipated Tricentennial Neighborhood Grant program, announced the winners of the neighborhood photo contest as well as distributed awards to community leaders who've contributed to making New Orleans more resilient. This event was truly a success, as residents left informed and connected to initiatives and opportunities to  do their part in ensuring that together, we can make  New Orleans a more resilient city. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, J.P. Morgan Chase and NOLA for Life! Learn more about restoring our coast, why it’s critical to New Orleans, and how you can help at

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