Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

New Orleans Public-Private Economic Development Partnership: Organizational and Operational Plan

IEDC LogoThis May, 2008 report outlines the mission, vision, creation, and structure of a new public-private economic development partnership in the City of New Orleans. Business groups, economic development organizations, regional agencies, and key City of New Orleans departments have united to create an entity to strategically support business and guide economic growth in Orleans Parish. There is consensus that a public/private economic development organization (EDO) is an ideal framework to lead New Orleans economic development initiatives.

IEDC was invited by the City of New Orleans to: a) confirm assumptions about creating an EDO, b) identify activities and means for sustainability, c) recommend a process to set up an EDO, and d) outline city and regional economic development strategies within a newly proposed EDO structure.

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Acknowledgements

This report is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant No. 08-79-04593, which focuses on long-term economic recovery of disaster impacted Gulf Coast communities in southeast Texas and Louisiana. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.