Economic Response

Families, business, and communities felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing restrictions on daily life. As public services halted or diminished and revenue streams decreased, many of the drivers of economic development in New Orleans were stymied. Workforce shortages caused by the pandemic threatened and delayed catalytic development projects locally and nationally. 

Investment

The Administration will use ARPA funds to invest in projects, initiatives, and projects that will generate recurring revenue, increase wealth, and provide opportunities within local communities. Targeted investment in the most historically underserved neighborhoods will work to ensure equitable development across the city. Funneling public funds toward projects that benefit New Orleans economically from the bottom up will help secure a prosperous future for all New Orleanians. 

Economic Response Funds

Economic Response Projects by Fund

Economic Mobility in Motion Fund
Fund Amount: $5,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Career and Technical Education

Funding will support and expand healthcare Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming for low-income graduating high school students and adults who are unemployed or underemployed in partnership with local hospitals and EMS providers.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationNew Orleans Career Center
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Construction and Conservation Corps

Funding will support Louisiana Green Corps' Construction and Conservation Corps to train young people for high-growth jobs in green construction, water management, and solar industries.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationLouisiana Green Corps
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Economic Mobility for the Formerly Incarcerated

Funding will provide pathways to economic stability for formerly incarcerated New Orleanians through a small business incubator program and a cooking school in addition to wraparound services like case management and transitional housing.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationThe First 72+
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

El Centro Wealth-Building

Funding will provide access to wealth-building programs to 4 Latino residents of New Orleans annually, including financial wellness, small business development, tax preparation, and first-time home buyer training in a language-accessible and culturally competent manner.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationEl Centro
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Entrepreneur Empowerment Program

Funding will support over 3 Black women entrepreneurs from low- to moderate-income households through Flyte's 12-month Entrepreneur Empowerment Program.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationFlyte
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Financial Access Inclusion & Resources (FAIR)

Funding is for Disability Rights of Louisiana's Financial Access Inclusion & Resources (FAIR) program, the Gulf Coast's sole re-entry and financial coaching initiative specifically tailored to formerly incarcerated people with disabilities.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationDisability Rights of Louisiana
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Financial Support for Pregnant Mothers

Funding will provide 1 eligible pregnant mothers a guaranteed income for twelve months during pregnancy and post-partum to improve health and social outcomes for families.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationMarch of Dimes
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

High School Guaranteed Income

Funding will provide a guaranteed income to 8 public high school students who will receive $5 per week for 4 weeks with an aim to improve academic performance, college enrollment, employment prospects, and financial literacy.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationRooted School
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Next Steps Program

Funding will launch The Next Steps Program, which provides one year of intensive support to graduates of The Net Charter High Schools, including financial stipends, financial literacy, and individualized employment and educational coaching.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationEducators for Quality Alternatives
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Roving Prosperity Center

Funding will create a New Orleans East Roving Prosperity Center to provide low- to moderate-income residents of New Orleans East access to UWSELA's services including financial education and coaching, credit building and counseling, benefits screening, income tax assistance, and a matching savings account program.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationUnited Way of Southeast Louisiana
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Gap Financing for Affordable Housing Fund
Fund Amount: $8,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Gap Financing

Provide gap financing to stalled affordable housing projects

DepartmentOCD
Participating OrganizationVarious
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

Juvenile Justice Services Fund
Fund Amount: $4,850,000

Projects in this fund:

Juvenile Justice Services

Intervention infrastructure support for at risk and system involved youth in New Orleans.

DepartmentOCJC
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerTricia Diamond

Roadmap to Optimize Decarceration (INSTEAD Program)

DepartmentOCJC
Participating OrganizationUbuntu Village NOLA
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerTricia Diamond

Labor Audit Fund
Fund Amount: $500,000

Projects in this fund:

Labor Audit

Investigative audit on compliance and enforcement of Living Wage, Local Hire, and Equitable Business Opportunity Program Ordinances as related to city government hiring external contractors.

DepartmentCAO
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Language Access Pilot Program Fund
Fund Amount: $500,000

Projects in this fund:

Language Access Pilot Program

Program will provide and enhance service delivery to ensure equitable interpretation of public meetings and translation of public-facing City government-issued materials, as well as develop a long-term language access plan for the City.

DepartmentCAO
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Pathways & Summer Success Program Fund
Fund Amount: $900,000

Projects in this fund:

Pathways and Summer Success Programs

Pathways - year-round workforce readiness & personal development program for 14- 17-year-old system involved youth. Summer Success - 6-week summer work readiness program operated in partnership with JOB1.

DepartmentYouth & Families
Participating OrganizationGreater New Orleans Foundation
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Project Highlight: Pathways and Summer Success Programs

Project Status: Ongoing

This year the City will subsidize an ongoing project initiated by the Office of Youth and Families (OYF) using ARPA funds. OYF's mission is to enhance child well-being by coordinating agencies, expanding resources, ensuring equitable policymaking, and involving youth and community input. The Summer Success and Pathways Programs, a three-year initiative by OYF, in collaboration with the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, address the lack of youth workforce development capacity. These programs connect services with disadvantaged youth, providing them with employment opportunities and year-round workforce assistance to improve their economic mobility, safety, and overall well-being. The pilot programs aim to engage system-involved youth, gather data for stakeholders, inform future design conversations, and encourage additional investment. They focus on employer engagement, case management, stipend incentives, and skills training to guide youth towards positive pathways and ultimately improve community safety. OYF has formed a team of experts in youth/workforce development and mental health/wellness to lead program design and implementation. Key stakeholders include internship providers, supportive service providers, and referral partners.

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Pathways Program 
  • 15-week program that teaches life skills and work readiness to system-involved youth through mindful mediation, mentorship, and creative arts 
  • Paid internships 
  • Financial literacy training 
  • Conflict resolution training 
Summer Success Program 
  • 6-week summer work readiness and soft skills training in fun and creative learning environments over the summer 
  • Youth are matched with community-based paid work experiences 
  • Social worker case management 

Regional Business Park Improvement Fund
Fund Amount: $1,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Regional Business Park

The project at New Orleans Regional Business Park will include capital improvements to a vacant building located in New Orleans East, a geographic area that was disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. Funds will be utilized to make improvements to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roof, and other building systems; and for security, lighting, and greening the property. These improvements will assist in bringing the building back into commerce thereby reducing the negative impact on the neighborhood the building is located in.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationNORBPB
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Revenue Sales Tax System Fund
Fund Amount: $1,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Revenue Collection System

Purchase new revenue collection software

DepartmentFinance
Participating OrganizationFAST Enterprises
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

Six Flags Fund
Fund Amount: $1,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Six Flags

Funding will be granted to the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority for predevelopment activities associated with redevelopment of the former Six Flags site in New Orleans East.

DepartmentOED
Participating OrganizationNORA
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Project Highlight: Regional Business Park Improvements / Six Flags

Project Status: Planning

Funding has been granted to the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) for predevelopment activities associated with redevelopment of the former Six Flags site in New Orleans East. A partnership with Bayou Phoenix as lead developer, has been agreed to with plans to transform the area into a waterpark as well as a family entertainment center, sports complex, and movie studio. 

ThriveKids Program Support Fund
Fund Amount: $10,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Support the ThriveKids Program

ThriveKids is a community-based program that provides comprehensive care services, as well as education and resources for schools throughout the state. Funding supports expansion of program across all NOLA PS.

DepartmentNOHD
Participating OrganizationChildren's Hospital New Orleans (CHNO) - NOLA PS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Transportation Support Fund
Fund Amount: $2,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Transportation Support

Funding will provide reduced or free Regional Transit Authority fares for New Orleans residents.

DepartmentRTA
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerAll

Utility Payment Assistance Fund
Fund Amount: $5,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Utility Assistance

Provides assistance to low-income residents in arrears on thier Electricity and Gas utiity accounts

DepartmentCouncil
Participating OrganizationTotal Community Action
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

Workforce Development Fund
Fund Amount: $11,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Building for the Future

Purchase of equipment for building trade

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationNew Orleans Career Center
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

EMS Corps

Developing New Orleans first EMS training Corps to mitigate the skilled worker shortage and create a sustainable pathway for young people facing barriers to employment to access careers in health and public safety.

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Highschool JAG Program

Funding to support (1) area high school JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) programs for 2 years ( 224 & 225).

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationOPSB
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

Horticulture Infrastructure

Purchase retractable shade cloth for PPW greenhouse

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

Port of New Orleans - Industry Advisory

Logistics industry workforce development planning

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationPort of New Orleans
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerLawrence Williams

Super NOFA

DepartmentOWD
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Youthforce NOLA and Technical Training Programs Fund
Fund Amount: $1,700,000

Projects in this fund:

Operation Spark

DepartmentOWD
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Technical Training Supplies

Funding will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to train the youth and the community in building trades. The equipment will help prepare the New Orleans workforce for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funds.

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationNew Orleans Career Center
Project Status
Project ManagerAll

Youth Talent Development

Youth softskills training program

DepartmentOWD
Participating OrganizationYouthForce NOLA
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerLawrence Williams