Summit Workshop Topics
Participants at Saturday's summit will attend one of the following community-building workshops. More information on each topic will be available soon.
Advancing Equity in City Government with #EquityNewOrleans
It has been well-documented that all residents of New Orleans do not enjoy the same health, resources, and opportunities because of economic, racial and geographic disparities. This inequity threatens the City’s ability to fully recover and grow to its full capacity and promise. Because of these inequities we must ask the critical question with a sense of urgency: How can City government begin to understand and address equity in our city in a data-driven, strategic manner? In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the EquityNewOrleans initiative, hear from a panel of City leaders about the equitable work the City is currently doing and learn about upcoming opportunities to advance equity for all New Orleanians. After the panel, participants will have the opportunity to workshop and share their own vision of an equitable government.
Building Leadership and Systems to Strengthen Neighborhood Resilience with Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
While the city works to grow and diversify its economy across sectors, billions of dollars are committed to investments in environment and infrastructure. Plans like the state's Coastal Comprehensive Master Plan and the city's Urban Water Plan provide thoughtful frameworks for guiding investments. However, there are questions facing New Orleans neighborhoods and communities on how these systems will impact residents. This track will examine how these relationships will benefit local communities, impact civic-engagement infrastructure and work across all sectors--public, private and nonprofit--to capture leanings from these processes and adapt accordingly. Discussions related to Flood Maps, Sea-Rise, Environmental Justice, youth programs and community-engagement opportunities with the New Orleans Port will be explored.
Emerging Neighborhood Trends that Impact Housing with HousingNOLA
In New Orleans, there is now a sense of urgency around the issues of equity, displacement, and the right of self-determination for neighborhoods. HousingNOLA is a 10-year partnership between the community leaders and dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. In September 2016, HousingNOLA released its first Annual Report Card, which provided an honest assessment of citywide efforts to address housing issues since the release of the HousingNOLA Preliminary Report in August 2015. As part of the process, HousingNOLA designed Neighborhood Typologies to track neighborhood change and assist with housing policy and funding choices by grouping neighborhoods with similar conditions. Participants will review the neighborhood typologies and discuss the specific policy interventions for each of the five kinds of neighborhoods.
Leading in Challenging Times: Strategies for Engaging Complex Systems with Neighborhoods Partnership Network
When times are great, everyone’s a hero. When times are tough, great leaders step forward. This workshop is intended for participants in key leadership positions. How does a leader inspire others not to give up; to go to that next meeting; to provide input to that new plan; to convene that next gathering? This workshop will be highly interactive, incorporating the current landscape and situation and seeking individual solutions to individual challenges.
Principles, Practices, and Strategies for Equitable Community Development with Central City Renaissance Alliance
This course is designed to offer a theoretical basis and practical application of community economic development. Participants will become familiar with basic concepts and terms. We will present an array of strategies and tools that are tried and true and highlight local economic development projects that have proven successful.