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Newsletter Archives from the Neighborhood Engagement Office

Community Impact Grant: Apply Now

December 2, 2019

by Allison L. Cormier, District C Liaison
Filed under: blight, green, resilience, sustainability

Applications for the CleanUpNOLA Community Impact Grant are now being accepted! Find out how you and your neighborhood can benefit from this opportunity.

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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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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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City Hall Spotlight on Charles E. Allen III

October 9, 2017

by Ross Hunter, Neighborhood Liaison
Filed under: capacity building, community, community service, green, infrastructure, land use

This month's City Hall Spotlight is on Charles E. Allen III, Resilience Outreach Manager at the City's Office of Resilience and Sustainability. Mr. Allen has been a cherished partner to the Neighborhood Engagement Office, working day in and day out to educate residents on the importance of resilience in our communities. Click the link below to read our interview with Mr. Allen.

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September's Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable

September 28, 2017

by Ross Hunter, Neighborhood Liaison
Filed under: capacity building, community, green

The Neighborhood Engagement Office hosted their quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable on Saturday, September 23rd in Ochsner Baptist’s Café De Lis. This year’s theme was Sustainable Water Management: Moving Forward with Resilience. 118 leaders from across the city observed presentations by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, CAO and Chief Resilience Officer Jeffrey Hebert, and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability. 

Following these presentations, leaders had the opportunity to ask some very pertinent and well thought out questions on behalf of their communities.

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