“Ten years later, it is not exactly right to say that New Orleans is back. The city did not return, not as it was” (New York Times). Indeed, New Orleans is much changed, and continues to face challenges. Yet at the same time, it also has major new medical facilities, a revamped school system, millions of dollars of new construction or renovated properties, and has become known as an entrepreneurial hot spot.
It was in response to Hurricane Katrina that IEDC – with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration – began recruiting and sending economic development professionals to the Gulf Coast region to assist with economic recovery. IEDC is thankful for the more than 150 people who volunteered over 850 hours – some for weeks and even months – to help New Orleans and other communities in the region begin to recover.