Programs & Initiatives

Accessibility of Streets and Sidewalks

The Department of Public Works (DPW) addresses a variety of issues that impact the accessibility of streets and sidewalks within Orleans Parish These include providing physical accessibility features on City of New Orleans streets, a process for public accommodation requests, a means by which accommodation grievance procedures can be initiated, and tracking progress toward compliance.

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Accessibility of Streets and Sidewalks

The Department of Public Works (DPW) addresses a variety of issues that impact the accessibility of streets and sidewalks within Orleans Parish These include providing physical accessibility features on City of New Orleans streets, a process for public accommodation requests, a means by which accommodation grievance procedures can be initiated, and tracking progress toward compliance.

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Additional Resources

Welcome to the Office of Information Technology and Innovation (ITI) resources page. We are committed to providing helpful tools and information to support City departments and employees in leveraging technology to better serve New Orleans residents.

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Ban the Box Initiative

The City wholehartedly supports the "Ban the Box" ordinance that ensures equal and equitable access to job opportunities for individuals with prior convictions. The City is committed to removing obstacles that might prevent qualified applicants from attaining or retaining quality employment. 

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Barber’s and Beauticians Collective Fellowship Program

Barbers and beauticians are community leaders and interface with hundreds of people a week. They often know about conflict before anyone else. This seven-week fellowship trains barbers in conflict resolution and mediation skills so that they can de-escalate conflicts that might arise.

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Brownfields Program

The CPC Brownfield Program is tasked with supporting project redevelopment and environmental clean-up. Following the EPA guidelines for cleanup and reuse are essential to ensure the contamination does not affect the quality of life of residents. Brownfield funding help to bridge the financial gap when expensive contamination/assessment and clean-up are needed.

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CEO Works

The City of New Orleans contracted with the nonprofit, CEO Works, to provide transitional employment for citizens coming home from incarceration. Participants work 4 days a week doing blight reduction and grass-cutting and attend professional development one day a week, which includes soft skills training and resume development.

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Chapter 66 Grass Cutting Program

The City of New Orleans’ can cut the grass on private property when the owners’ fail to do so.

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CNO AmeriCorps VISTA Program

The CNO AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program, led by the City of New Orleans Mayor's Office, is a federal grant program that tackles the nation's most pressing challenges by connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering. 

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Community Crisis Intervention Team

A community-based intervention that interrupts conflicts before they turn violent by using culturally competent messengers as violence interrupters and mediators. With nine current staff members, the organization responds to shootings victims and their families at both UMC and New Orleans East Hospital and attempts to diffuse conflict and prevent retaliation.

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Community Outreach Programs

New Orleans EMS Community Outreach focuses on preventative health and safety education for citizens of Orleans Parish, developing and implementing interactive programs to aid in the mission of saving lives. 

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Device Repair Clinic

The City of New Orleans is proud to partner with NORDC, STEM NOLA, and the New Orleans Public Library to host the Reconnect NOLA initiative - a series of free community tech repair clinics aimed at helping residents get their devices up and running.

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Equitable Business Opportunities (EBO) Program

The City's Equitable Business Opportunities (EBO) Program is designed to mitigate the effects of past and present social and economic disadvantage, and discrimination by increasing the utilization of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in the procurement of goods and services by the City of New Orleans.

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Fund Balance Projects for General Fund

As the City entered the 2023 budget year, it did so with a substantial Unassigned Fund Balance — a testament to prudent fiscal management throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic. Coupled with federal funding, the Cantrell Administration has led the effort to allocate a portion of the City’s Unassigned Fund Balance to high-priority projects aimed at creating a safe and vibrant city.

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Graffiti Abatement

This program aims to tackle the persistent challenge of unsightly graffiti on buildings, properties, and thoroughfares throughout the city.

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Jumpstart Program

On April 6, the City launched an eight-week program to connect young people who are disconnected from work and school with soft-skills training and employment opportunities through the City's Office of Workforce Development. After the two-month program, participants will be connected with a nine-month job experience and extended case management.

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Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

The “Mayor for a Day” program aims to foster and encourage leadership in young people living in New Orleans.  New Orleans youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to write essays about what New Orleans would be like if they were Mayor for a day.

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Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

The Office of Youth and Families and Neighborhood Engagement Office are pleased to announce an exciting development. Starting Fall 2023, the Junior Civic Leadership Academy (JCLA) will take place through the first three sessions of each term of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).

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Mediate NOLA

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Mobility and Safety

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Mow to Own Program

The Mow-to-Own, Good Neighbor Opportunity Program empowers adjacent property owners to acquire qualifying properties adjudicated to the City of New Orleans.

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Musicians Loading/Unloading Zones

Musicians in New Orleans need safe and convenient ways to load their instruments and equipment into venues. The Mayors Office of Nighttime Economy has identified locations around the city that have designated loading zones near venue. 

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Neighborhood Participation Program

The purpose of the Neighborhood Participation Program for Land Use actions is to provide timely notification of any proposed land use action affecting a neighborhood and to provide the opportunity for meaningful neighborhood review of and comment on such proposals.

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Parent Leadership Training Institute

The Office of Youth and Families is proud to partner with the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) to bring the Parent Leadership Training Institute to the City of New Orleans.

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Pathways Youth Internship Program

In partnership with the Gracefully Mindful Wellness Institute, Pathways is a year-round workforce readiness and personal development program for 14-17 year old system-involved youth that seeks to mitigate youth poverty, unemployment, and recidivism by providing them with paid work internships, workshops focused on conflict resolution, mindfulness, and soft skills development.

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Project Why

Project Why works to build trust by empowering residents, stakeholders, and City staff to identify challenges and create solutions that meet peoples’ needs.

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Racial Equity

"We must address racial inequality with every tool at our disposal and challenge ourselves and our colleagues to create better outcomes for our residents of color." Mayor LaToya Cantrell  

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RoadWork

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using local and federal funds, the $2.3B program is the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation.

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RTA Hospitality Service Pilot Program

The Mayors Office of Nighttime Economy is working in partnership with the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority to conduct a post COVID transit survey aimed at providing better service to Central Business District and French Quarter hospitality workers.

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Service Industry Harm Reduction Workshops

In conjunction with City (insert City Health Dept. link) and State health officials the Office of Nighttime Economy has been working to train hospitality workers in the administration of Narcan. The goal is to have Narcan behind every bar. Interested in receiving a kit? Please contact nightmayor@nola.gov for more information.

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Slow Internet Challenge

This challenge will collect evidence for residents that are experiencing problems with their internet service. Successful challenges may result in funding for the improvement of internet service and faster connection speeds. 

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Summer Success

Summer Success is a 6-week summer work readiness program operated in partnership with JOB1 to serve youth in need of extra support and/or who are proximate to the criminal legal system. Summer Success provides work readiness and soft skills training in fun and creative learning environments over the summer.

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VIGOR Volunteer Program

The New Orleans EMS VIGOR program allows volunteers to work alongside of New Orleans EMS employees providing patient care to the visitors and citizens of New Orleans.  VIGOR is the acronym for Volunteer in Government of Responsibility.  The VIGOR Program is often a stepping stone for potential employees. 

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Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a nonprofit organization that is putting inclusive communities on the path to becoming better and welcoming across the board by solidifying that all residents, including immigrants, belong. This network supports cities and recommends strategic approaches to improve and prepare cities to welcome immigrants and refugees.

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