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June 4th 2012

Job Opportunity: Community Organizer

Organization Overview:
The Orleans Public Education Network is a New Orleans-based nonprofit committed to ensuring that there is an informed and engaged community that exercises influence on policy and programs to realize excellence and equity for every public school child in New Orleans.

Job Description:
OPEN seeks a proven relationship builder to continue to strengthen our pre-existing relationships with the community and to lend their skills to support OPEN’s transition into building a membership Network. Organizers are charged to support systemic change in public education through powerful, well-organized and informed coalitions of community leaders to advance a pro-active agenda and respond to emergent issues impacting quality and student achievement.. Community Organizers will actively work to expand the Network cultivating relationships with individuals and organizations, providing training and growing community leaders to lead improvement in public education citywide. These individuals will work hand-in-hand with youth, parents, faith-based organizations, community members, and schools.

How to Apply
All interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website, http://www.opennola.org and the ONE STEP Campaign website, http://www.onestepnola.org to learn more about the organization including our theory of change, our leadership and our funders. Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via email to , please list the position title in the subject of the email. No calls, please. Cover letters and resumes should specifically address demonstrable alignment between the position and previous work experience(s). Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

May 30th 2012

Cooking Out of The Box Starts Next Tuesday, June 5

“Cooking Out of the Box” (in partnership with Hollygrove Market & Farm) kicks off next week, Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. (beginning June 5th). Order fresh produce boxes, $25, online at http://www.hollygrovemarket.com and pick them up from the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center between the hours of 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. All are also welcome to participate in the cooking demonstration that starts at 6 p.m. that same evening in the Keller teaching kitchen.

So buy a box of farm-fresh produce and learn how to enjoy a little local flavor!

For information contact please contact (504) 309-2571.

May 12th 2012

SANKOFA FARMERS MARKET INVITES LOCAL FARMERS TO SELL FRESH PRODUCE ON SATURDAYS

Regional farmers, backyard growers, and farming cooperatives invited to apply for Farmers Market vendor opportunities!

New Orleans, Louisiana, – The Sankofa Farmers Market is seeking farmers to host regular vendor booths every Saturday from 10 am to 2pm. The Farmers Market offers regional farmers, fishers, and food producers a weekly venue to sell their produce and serves as a community anchor, providing residents with access to local, fresh food. It is a project initiated by Sankofa Community Development Corporation to support economic development within the area through local farming and agriculture.

At this time, produce/products in demand include:
• Asparagus
• Bananas
• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Corn
• Cheese
• Eggs (all types)
• Figs
• Fresh Juice
• Garlic
• Gluten-Free Products
• Leeks
• Lettuce
• Live Crabs
• Live Crawfish
• Meats
• Milk
• Nuts
• Oats
• Olives
• Peppers
• Pastries
• Raw Foods
• Southern Peas
• Summer Squash
• Tomatoes
• Vegan Products
• Wild-Caught Louisiana Shrimp
• Yogurt

The Sankofa Farmers Market is the only open-air fresh food market located in the Ninth Ward area of New Orleans, and is in close proximity to the Treme, Seventh Ward, Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Gentilly, and Mid-City neighborhoods. Founded in 2010, the Farmers Market continues to grow and currently generates an average of 300 customers weekly. Farmers, fishers, and food producers travel from various parts of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region to sell their products. Items currently sold include seasonal fruits and vegetables, an assortment of baked breads and bagels, whole pastured chickens, eggs, hot pepper jelly, wild-caught Louisiana shrimp, herbs, vegetable starter plants, ornamental cut flowers, and an array of local delicious eats.
If you are a farmer, fisher, or food producer interested in becoming a vendor at the Sankofa Farmers Market, please visit our website at sankofanola.org to submit a vendor interest form and review the vendor rules and regulations.

About Sankofa Community Development Corporation Sankofa Community Development Corporation serves as a catalyst to revitalize New Orleans’ Lower and Upper Ninth Ward communities. The 501c3 non-profit organization was established to facilitate advances in urban revitalization,healthy living, education and economic development. Currently, the Sankofa Community Development Corporation oversees the Sankofa Farmers Market, the Sankofa HEAL Project, the Frederick Douglass Garden and the Sankofa Blueberry Mini-Farm. For more information, visit http://www.SankofaNOLA.org.
Contact: Alexis Castro, Outreach and Market Coordinator, 504.872.9214,

May 10th 2012

Renaissance Project Announces Racial Healing Presentation Series

The Renaissance Project is pleased to announce four evening presentations in the month of May as part of our African American Women: Breaking Silence Series:
May 10, 2012 Coming of Age Black and a Woman in America
Kimberley Richards, Organizer, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

May 17, 2012 Visual Aesthetics Of Black Women’s Stories in Film Ashley Jones, Filmmaker, Students at the Center

May 24, 2012 The Prosecution of Women In Louisiana: Achieving A Policy Victory Ending Louisiana’s Crimes Against Nature Law Deon Haywood, Executive Director, Women With a Vision

May 31, 2012 Mental Health Disparities
Terry Mogilles, Executive Director, Positive Living Treatment Center

The Renaissance Project envisions a vital, thriving New Orleans that recognizes residents from historically low-income communities of color and engages them in the rebirth of their neighborhoods as beautiful, safe, economically resilient, and culturally vibrant places where they enjoy access to good health, good food, quality education, economic opportunity and civic participation across race
and class for the common good.

This project is made possible through the generous support of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Students at the Center, United Teachers of New Orleans, United Educators,Inc., People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Pyramid Resource Wellness Institute, Louisiana Justice Institute, and Women With A Vision.

All presentations are free and begin at 6PM. The series is hosted by Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road,
New Orleans, 504.948.7323.

November 7th 2011

New Website Provides Resources and Tools to Increase Public Engagement in Community and Neighborhood Health Improvement Efforts

Media Contact:
Mary M. Fein
(504) 301-9814

New Website Provides Resources and Tools to Increase Public Engagement in Community and Neighborhood Health Improvement Efforts

New Orleans – November 7, 2011 – To create greater community awareness of factors that influence personal and community health outcomes in New Orleans, the Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN), Concordia, LLC, and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) announced today the launch of the Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods website that offers resources and tools to help increase public engagement in community health improvement activities.

The new site, http://www.HealthyNola.org, was developed with guidance from local neighborhood and community organizations, community planning experts and public health professionals. Funding for the development and current support for the web-based resource was provided by the Kresge Foundation, Troy Michigan.

The HealthyNola.org website provides health data and information at the city level as well as some detailed information at the neighborhood level. Visitors to the site can also find information about services located in their neighborhood, neighborhood crime rates, air quality, education rates, community gardens, and more.

“This website supports civic engagement and better informed community health decision-making. It not only provides community information, but also access to promising community health innovations from across the country,” said Joe Kimbrell, CEO of LPHI.

In addition to neighborhood-based data, the site also offers links to local and national organizations that support healthy community activities, planning tools, health news, and more than 1,500 evidence-based community success stories from across the country, to inspire and inform residents and community leaders.

“The Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods website will help anyone who has worked to recover and sustain their neighborhood to know and understand their neighborhood’s needs without struggling to access needed data, information, and tools to do their work more efficiently and effectively. Whether they seek project ideas for writing grants or neighborhood figures to track community progress, HealthyNola.org will be a welcomed and much-needed addition to the neighborhood-leader-toolbox,” said Timolynn Sams, Executive Director of NPN.

A primary goal of the HealthyNola.org initiative is to provide residents with neighborhood-based tools and information that educate visitors about multiple factors that influence community health, while empowering community leaders and planners to use data and best practices to make informed changes that support healthy and resilient neighborhoods. Special features of the site include interactive community maps that allow neighborhood by neighborhood comparisons and visual tools that rate neighborhoods on more than 120 data metrics across health, social, economic, education, transportation, and environmental factors.

“I support the goals of HealthyNola.org, which seeks to link and leverage resources across New Orleans,” said City Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. “We look forward to working with LPHI as they continue this innovative project.”

For more information about the program, visit http://www.HealthyNola.org, or contact Eric Baumgartner at (504) 301-9800.

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August 31st 2011

Volunteers needed for neighborhood surveys

Have you ever seen a study for our neighborhood and said, “That’s not right! I wish I could do a study of the neighborhood myself.” Here is your chance.

Copy the link below to learn the who, what and why of creating a neighborhood property survey: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1105780001694-170/NEIGHBORHOOD+SURVEY+recruitment+piece+TN.pdf

Email:

August 31st 2011

Non-profit organization seeks coordinators

DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES

U.S. Biennial, Inc, a non-profit organization, seeks a Volunteer Coordinator for the Prospect.2 New Orleans Biennial. This is a contract position, beginning September 2011 through the end of January 2012.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic person that will help us galvanize the people of New Orleans to take part in and become part of Prospect.2 New Orleans, the second iteration of the international arts biennial that took the city with storm in 2008. H/She will design and implement a volunteer program that will train and assign individuals as greeters for the opening events, assisting museum groups, general visitors, artists and press; and as docents in the different venues.

The Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the Hospitality and Education
Coordinators, interviewing and establishing schedules for volunteers, including local graduate and undergraduate students in the fine arts for docent positions. H/She will have an adequate departmental budget to cover all materials, meals, and transportation costs, and will receive full acknowledgment in the catalog and all appropriate printed materials for this key contribution to Prospect.2 New Orleans.

Founded by the curator Dan Cameron, Prospect New Orleans is one of the leading biennials of international contemporary art in the United States. Conceived in the tradition of the great international biennials, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect New Orleans showcases new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contributes to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region by spurring cultural tourism and bringing international attention to the area’s vibrant visual arts community.

Prospect.2 is scheduled to open to the public on October 22, 2011, and will be on view until January 29, 2012. The current list of artists includes 27 artists from ten countries, including the United States, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Japan, Chile, and Vietnam.
In keeping with Prospect’s commitment to the promotion of the visual art community in New Orleans, this year’s biennial will feature work by several artists who live and work in the city, as well as a variety of site-specific projects inspired by the city’s distinctive history and culture and conceived specifically for the city of New Orleans.

The fee for this position is $12,000. Because this is a limited time contract, candidates are required to arrange their own health insurance and payroll tax deductions.

For more information please contact Ashley Chavis at .

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR
This is a contract position, beginning September 2011 through the end of January 2012. The ideal candidate is someone who can manage a number of discrete but interconnected tasks simultaneously, who has experience
working within or in collaboration with the New Orleans’ tourism industry, and who is oriented toward a position in the field of cultural tourism.

Founded by the curator Dan Cameron, Prospect New Orleans is one of the leading biennials of international contemporary art in the United States. Conceived in the tradition of the great international biennials, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect New Orleans showcases new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contributes to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region by spurring cultural tourism and bringing international attention to the area’s vibrant visual arts community.

Prospect.2 is scheduled to open to the public on October 22, 2011, and will be on view until January 29, 2012. The current list of artists includes 27 artists from ten countries, including the United States, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Japan, Chile, and Vietnam. In keeping with Prospect’s commitment to the promotion of the visual art community in New Orleans, this year’s biennial will feature work by several artists who live and work in the city, as well as a variety of site-specific projects inspired by the city’s distinctive
history and culture and conceived specifically for the city of New Orleans.

The duties and responsibilities of the Hospitality Coordinator are as follows, with time proportioned roughly according to the following percentages:

40% will be devoted to organizing and managing travel arrangements, flight and
hotel reservations, for all guests of Prospect.2 New Orleans, especially artists but also including VIPs, Trustees, and media. This includes overseeing the actual
expenditures and bookkeeping for travel, maintaining regular contact with the
hotels/b&b’s/guest houses and coordinating with the New Orleans CVB and
NOTMC.

30% will be spent working with the Development Director of U.S. Biennial to
identify and coordinate all travel requirements for Patrons, Museum Groups and
other VIP visitors during the Prospect.2 Inaugural Events, and to make sure that all activities involving those guests are coordinated with appropriate staff and liaisons.
This includes preparing a centralized list of all dinners, private parties and other
events not open to the public. 30% will be spent supervising and training the Prospect.2 ticketing system and staff and, in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteers who will assist in visitor services.

Qualifications for this position include a master’s degree or equivalent
professional background in the field of tourism. Candidate must have a basic
competence level within the field of contemporary visual art, and to have had at least one full year professional experience working in the New Orleans hospitality industry. Candidates are required to provide at least two letters of recommendation attesting to interest, skills and experience, one of which must be from a previous employer.

The fee for this position is $12,000. Because this is a limited time contract,
candidates are required to arrange their own health insurance and payroll tax deductions.

For more information please contact Ashley Chavis at .

August 31st 2011

ACCION Texas-Louisiana needs state manager

ACCION Texas-Louisiana
JOB OPENING

State Manager for Business Support and Compliance
The State Manager will have responsibility for managing a state-wide business support program including implementing a system to monitor and manage federal funds; and develop, cultivate, and grow business lending for ACCION Texas-Louisiana (ATL) in Louisiana. The position will report to the VP of LA
Operations.

Background:
ACCION Texas-Louisiana is a non-profit micro enterprise development program based in San Antonio with operations in Texas (Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Laredo, McAllen)
and in Louisiana (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport). ACCION Texas-Louisiana is dedicated to increasing incomes and creating jobs in low-income communities by providing micro-entrepreneurs with access to
credit and business support services not available from the commercial banking sector.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Passion for microfinance and the organizational mission of providing credit to small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources
• Bachelors degree; Masters degree desired
• Minimum 5 years experience in a business or non-profit organization, to include demonstrated leadership and extensive skills pertaining to grant, foundation, and writing
• Experience managing government grants, specifically CDBG funds; familiarity with operational, financial and quality assurance procedures and regulations
• Understanding of the fundamentals of business, business finance and business lending
o Skilled at writing and formalizing business, marketing and strategic planning
o Ability to analyze and reconcile business financials
o Ability to provide guidance on cost and pricing products and services, market research and financial forecasting
o Ability to plan and conduct business workshops (financial management, marketing, managing cash flow, business credit, business plan development/implementation, human resource management, operations, tax issues, certification and contracting, etc.)
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management skills
• Problem-solver and results-oriented producer
• Capacity to manage relationships with a diverse audience, including staff, clients, bankers, consultants, foundation representatives, community leaders, and donors
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as experience with public speaking and facilitation of meetings required;
• Computer proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Ability to work flexible hours to identify time sensitive issues, work within time restraints and consistently meet all deadlines, and travel throughout Louisiana.
• Committed to excellence and continuous improvement
• Supervisory and teamwork experience.
• Bilingual fluency (English/Spanish) a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary; medical, dental and vision insurance; advancement opportunities, 401(k)

Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:
ACCION Texas / Human Resources email:
2014 S. Hackberry fax: 210-533-2940
San Antonio, TX 78210 website: http://www.acciontexas.org

August 31st 2011

Job Openings

Federal Jobs:
http://www.USAJOBS.gov

New Orleans Jobs:
http://www.workNOLA.com
http://www.nola.com/jobs/

Textron Jobs:
http://www.textronjobs.com

Blade Dynamics Jobs:

http://www.bladedynamics.com/jobs.html

City of New Orleans Jobs:

http://www.nola.gov/HOME/Job%20Opportunities

McDonald’s:
http://www.MCSTATE.COM

Jacobs Technology (Michoud):

www.cytiva.com/jacobs/jolts/tpl.asp

Department of Agriculture, Office of the
Chief Financial Officer jobs are located
at the Michoud Assembly Facility in
eastern New Orleans.

August 31st 2011

RSD Rebuilding Projects

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is pleased to announce its partnership with the Recovery Schools District in the rebuilding of New Orleans schools. As the mission of the Urban League is to assist African Americans and other underrepresented populations to achieve economic self-sufficiency and parity, our aim is to facilitate participation among minority, women-owned and other small firm contractors in the rebuilding of New Orleans area schools.

The RSD has put forth diverse “School Stabilization” projects that small firms can readily compete for. The Urban League’s Business Resource and Entrepreneurship Center is working with area contracting firms, providing training workshops and other business resources to aid these firms to gain access to the many upcoming schools rebuilding projects.

We encourage contracting firms who are interested in bidding on the upcoming RSD rebuilding projects, or those who are interested in increasing their organizations’ capacities to compete for future projects, to contact the Business Resource and Entrepreneurship Center at (504) 620-9647 or 620-2332 or email .

August 31st 2011

City Planning Commission Sept. 27 Public Hearing Notice

Written comments on the dockets below must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. to be included with the staff report.

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

PUBLIC HEARING:
1:30 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
(CITY HALL -1E07)

THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 16 OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE #4264 M.C.S., AS AMENDED, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER (CITY HALL -1E07) ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING LAW OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for additional accommodations or any assistance to participate may be directed to the Office of Constituent Services at 504-658-4015 (voice), 504-658-4002 (facsimile), or the City’s TTY 504-586-4475. This communiqué is available in alternative formats upon request.

ZONING DOCKET 90/11 – Request by CITY COUNCIL MOTION M-11-385 for an amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, No. 4264 M.C.S., as amended, to amend Article 18, Section 18 to establish the District D Urban Corridor District IZD, to expand the area of applicability of Article 10, Section 10.1.2 Urban Corridor District to include all property zoned C-1 General Commercial District in the area generally bounded by Lake Pontchartrain, Downman Road, Chef Menteur Highway, Interstate 10, Seagull Lane, Dwyer Road, Crowder Boulevard, Morrison Road, and Shubrick Street within Council District D, not currently within the Urban Corridor or Highway Urban Corridor District boundaries.

ZONING DOCKET 91/11 – Request by THE JOINT ON POLAND, LLC for a Conditional Use to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises at a standard restaurant in a B-1 Neighborhood Business District on Square 181, Lot A Pts. 1 thru 19, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Dauphine, France, Royal, and Mazant Streets. The municipal address is 701 MAZANT STREET. (ZBM E-14/PD 7)

ZONING DOCKET 92/11 – Request by FAUBOURG SAINT CHARLES, LLC for a Conditional Use to permit a parking lot in a CBD-7 Central Business District on Square 181, Lots 3 and 4, in the First Municipal District, bounded by St. Charles Avenue, Julia, Camp and St. Joseph Streets. The municipal address is 829 CAMP STREET. (ZBM C-14/PD 1A)

ZONING DOCKET 93/11 – Request by AUDUBON BEHAVORIAL HEALTH, LLC for a Zoning Change from an RD-2 Two-Family Residential District to a B-1 Neighborhood Business District, on Square 99, Lot 4, in the Seventh Municipal District, bounded by Cherokee, Burthe, Hillary and Maple Streets. The municipal address is 7513 MAPLE STREET. (ZBM A-14/PD 3)

ZONING DOCKET 94/11 – Request by 1522 ROBERT E. LEE, LLC for a Conditional Use to permit a fast food restaurant in a B-1 Neighborhood Business District, on Square C, Lot C-1, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Hamburg, Aviators, and Perlita Streets. The municipal address is 1522 ROBERT E. LEE BOULEVARD. (ZBM D-10/PD 6)

ZONING DOCKET 95/11 – Request by M-LUND ENTERPRISES, LLC for a Conditional Use to permit a fast food restaurant in a C-1 General Commercial District and within the Inner-City Urban Corridor District, on Square 405, Lots J, I, H, G, F, E, L and X, in the Fourth Municipal District, bounded by South Claiborne and Washington Avenues, Sixth and Willow Streets. The municipal address is 2800 SOUTH CLAIBORNE AVENUE. (ZBM B-14/PD 2)

THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 16 OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE 4264 MCS AS AMENDED, WILL HEAR ALL PROPONENTS AND OPPONENTS TO THE ABOVE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING LAW OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND ALL RELEVANT COMMENTS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CHANGES ARE ENCOURAGED. YOU MAY ALSO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN ADVANCE BY MAIL (1340 POYDRAS STREET, SUITE 900, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112) OR FAX (504-658-7032). ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE HEARING DATE.

September 6, 13 and 20, 2011

Yolanda Rodriguez, Executive Director

Paul Cramer

Planning Administrator

New Orleans City Planning Commission

1340 Poydras Street # 900

New Orleans, LA 70112

August 31st 2011

Neighbors United needs support for upcoming events

Neighbors United is pleased to announce two fantastic events coming soon to our neighborhood. On Sept. 24, we will participate with the City of New Orleans for a “Fight the Blight Day” at Samuel Square Playground (Napoleon Avenue and Loyola Street).

On Oct. 11, we will hold our annual celebration of “Night Out Against Crime” in front of Samuel J. Green Charter School.

We hope to get 100 volunteers to Fight the Blight Day and 200 to 300 neighbors to attend Night Out Against Crime. We are very proud of these two events. We have been acknowledged as one of the biggest and best “Night Out Against Crime” block parties.

Neighbors United is a neighborhood organization for the Freret and Milan neighborhoods. Our funding comes primarily from membership dues. We can only do these events with help from merchants like you!

We would like each of these events to be a huge success. Please help with donations of food, door prizes, school supplies, live music, or other sundry party supplies. Please let us know what you can contribute. Contact or Dean Gancarz-Davies at
504-895-9481. We shall be following up if we don’t hear from you.

We are sincerely grateful for all of your support for our neighborhoods, our organization, and these fine events.

Sincerely,

Dean Gancarz-Davies
Neighbors United

August 29th 2011

It's not too late to join UNCF on October 1!

With just over a month to go, we’re coming into the homestretch! The UNCF Walk for Education will take place on Saturday, October 1. It’s easy to get involved and show your support by starting a Walk for Education team. Together with our community partners, we’ve already raised $67,000 of our $200,000 goal.

Registration is only $30, and it includes a race t-shirt, free pass to Audubon Zoo, free refreshments and a morning of great entertainment for the whole family. UNCF provides scholarships, internships and even helps to keep costs low at Louisiana’s very own member institutions, Dillard and Xavier Universities. I encourage you to ask your neighbors, family and friends to join you – you never know whose life your $30 can change. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Just have a look at this list of just some of our notable UNCF alumni who were helped by the generosity of people just like you:

Ø Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Activist & Humanitarian

Ø Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor

Ø Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General

Ø John Mims, Sr. Vice President Starwood Hotels & Resorts

I invite you to support the amazing achievements of UNCF alumni and help to ensure our next generation of leaders can carry on the tradition. To register your Walk for Education team, please visit http://give.uncf.org/NewOrleansWalk or contact the UNCF office at 504-581-3794.

Remember: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Mr. Jermaine L. Smith

Development Associate

August 23rd 2011

ORLEANS PUBLIC DEFENDERS JOB OPENINGS

Staff Interpreter – The OPD is looking for someone who is fluent in Spanish, able to provide simultaneous Spanish/English interpretation, interested in pursuing certification in Spanish/English legal interpretation, and willing to work regular evening and weekend shifts and supervise interns. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Benjamin Plener, or call 504-827-8242.

Immigration Staff Attorney – OPD is seeking an immigration attorney to launch OPD’s Immigration Services Project. OPD’s Immigration Services Project will be a critical element of our client-centered, community-oriented vision of public defense. The Immigration Services Project will advise OPD’s non-citizen clients of the full range of immigration consequences associated with their criminal cases, work with OPD defenders to mitigate negative immigration consequences, and provide direct representation to non-citizen clients in removal proceedings and affirmative applications for immigration benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to CJ Hunt, or by calling 504-827-8250.

August 23rd 2011

Sankofa Farmers Market New Home, Events

August 27- Sankofa Farmers Market moves the Holy Angels Complex at St. Claude Avenue and Gallier Street in the Upper 9th Ward. The market will continue to offer local foods from farmers, fishers, and bakers every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the new location in the Upper 9th Ward.

September 10-Grand Opening for the Sankofa Farmers Market’s new location- 3500 St Claude at the Holy Angels Complex from 10am-2pm.

Along with the usual array of fresh local foods, the grand opening will feature live music from New Orleans funk band Yo Jimbo, health screenings with Daughters of Charity Health Center’s Mobile Unit, nutritional cooking demonstrations and tastings with LSU Ag Center, children’s art activities, and information on a variety of community services.

August 23rd 2011

Open Letter from Sankofa Market

On Saturday, August 27, the Sankofa Farmers Market will move from its current location at 5500 St. Claude Ave to the Holy Angels Complex at 3500 St. Claude Ave. (corner of St Claude Avenue and Gallier Street). As many of you are aware, we began the monthly Sankofa Marketplace during August 2008 as a
group of community organizers and residents interested in progressive development in the Ninth Ward.

We transitioned into a weekly farmers market on November 20, 2010 for more farmers and fishers to offer fresh local produce to residents of the Ninth Ward and surrounding areas. We will be relocating to the Holy Angels Complex to expand our reach for both the vendors and market goers, and also provide a
sustainable space of business for local farmers and fishers.

The mission of Sankofa Community Development Corporation is to revitalize the New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and provide economic advancement, community engagement, healthy food access, arts and culture, education, and organizational partnerships. In addition to the Sankofa Farmers Market, we
operate the Sankofa School Garden, a nutrition, gardening, and financial literacy education project at KIPP Renaissance High School at Frederick Douglass. Furthermore, we are in discussions with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to develop an urban agriculture site in the Lower Ninth Ward to
revitalize vacant and blighted land and improve access to healthy food for residents.

Please join us at our new location on Saturday August 27, from 10AM to 2PM and also celebrate the grand opening with us on Saturday, September 10, in keeping with the Sankofa Farmers Market’s tradition of 2nd Saturday’s at the Market. Along with the usual array of fresh local foods, the grand
opening will also feature live music from New Orleans funk band Yojimbo, health screenings with Daughters of Charity Health Center’s Mobile Unit, nutritional cooking demonstrations and tastings with LSU Ag Center, children’s art activities, and information on a variety of community services.
In addition to our community partners and supporters, we would like to especially thank All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center for their consistent support through sharing their building space and hosting the Market in their parking lot since 2008. We look forward to remaining in touch
with you about the move and seeing you on Saturday, August 27 at the Holy Angels Complex!

Please feel free to contact us at or at 504.875.4268 if you have any questions or need further information.

Sincerely,
Rashida Ferdinand
Executive Director
Sankofa Community Development Corporation
PO Box 775070
New Orleans, LA 70177

August 22nd 2011

Career Opportunity: Executive Director For 21st Century Foundation

Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
FLSA Status: Exempt
EEOC Job Code: Executives
Supervisor: Yes No
Prepared Date: 08/04/11

Organization Description:
Founded in 1971 during an era of intense political conflict, dramatic economic transformation, and pivotal
development, Twenty First Century Foundation (21CF) was envisioned as a permanent funding vehicle for
programs supportive of the development of the black community. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to support
black community change nationally by:
􀁸 Infusing a strong racial, systemic, and power analysis to issue identification, message framing and solution
development
􀁸 Increasing sustainability and effectiveness of poor & working class Black communities
􀁸 Strengthening organizational capacity with knowledge and skills in the areas of organizing, alliance-building,
fundraising, communications, research, policy advocacy & evaluation
􀁸 Creating mechanisms for donor education, engagement and investment to increase the health and well-being
of Black communities
􀁸 Increasing alliances and diverse constituencies for community and policy change
􀁸 Achieving policy wins that improve social and physical conditions of Black communities
􀁸 Leveraging new resources to 21CF and grantee organizations
For more information, visit http://www.21cf.org.
Position Summary:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for shepherding the vision, mission, and
overall health (financial and otherwise) of the Foundation. The Executive Director is supported by a senior
leadership team that includes a program director, a development director, a finance manager and an
administrative director. The position calls for a creative and bold leader with outstanding strategic, communication
and fundraising skills, as well as thought leadership, political savvy, and an enterprising spirit. Demonstrated
passion for 21CF’s mission and vision is essential, as is a record of effective collaboration and inclusive staff
management.
The Executive Director is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and
necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
In 2011, 21CF set forth a new Strategic Plan. The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are as follows:
􀁸 Lead the Foundation’s new strategic plan, heightening visibility and branding
􀁸 Diversify revenues and catalyze the Foundation’s role as long-haul connectors and investors of pipeline
Black organizations
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Provide Strategic and Visionary Leadership.
􀁸 Develop a bold, clear vision and mission for 21CF as it enters its next phase of investment and
programming. Translate that vision into focused strategies
􀁸 Articulate the concrete, specific policy and culture changes the Foundation will pursue and how it will
rigorously track progress and measure success
􀁸 Ensure that the organization is agile and strategically responsive to changing conditions, new trends, and
unexpected challenges
􀁸 Renew a powerful, long-term mission and vision for 21CF building on and leveraging the current strategic
plan and previous successes of the organization
􀁸 Serve as the organization’s leading public representative, funding /business development executive, and
spokesperson for the 21CF “brand” to key constituencies
􀁸 Develop an annual plan (to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval), and lead the
organization’s long-range strategic thinking, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of
impact.
Raise the Profile and Visibility of the Foundation.
􀁸 In addition to spotlighting the work of grantees, assertively promote the expertise, brand, and voice of the
Foundation itself
􀁸 Reach out to broad audiences through traditional and new avenues
􀁸 Ensure that the Foundation takes best advantage of new media, social networking, and other
technologies
􀁸 Take informed stands on relevant public policy issues and position 21CF as a “go-to” resource around
issues of equity and inclusion
􀁸 Consider mounting one or more public education campaigns around timely issues
􀁸 Serve personally as a dynamic spokesperson for the Foundation and its vision and mission.
Increase and Diversify Funding in a Changing Landscape for Philanthropy.
􀁸 Lead the Foundation’s fundraising through personal efforts, Board engagement, and through a strong and
well supported development team
􀁸 Pursue creative new avenues for revenue generation
􀁸 Articulate and define the strategic, bold, and clear niche and value added service 21CF provides in the
sector in the changing landscape larger funding organizations are going through
􀁸 Work to ensure the Foundation clearly defines its leverage points to make a clear case of support for
21CF
􀁸 Cultivate and steward the Foundations’ traditional base of individual supporters and reach new supporters
who are more diverse in age, race, and ethnicity than in the past
􀁸 Spearhead work to identify new revenue sources beyond traditional philanthropic channels
􀁸 Strategically leader Foundation’s fundraising and development efforts to include donor cultivation and
stewardship, particularly major individuals, corporate partnership/sponsorship, social venture, and
earned-income opportunities
􀁸 Identify potential (national and local) new initiatives and partnerships that help strengthen the Black
community and help generate revenue for the purpose of enhancing the mission and goals of 21CF
􀁸 Leverage the relationships and resources of the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff.
Build Strong Partnerships and Strategic Alliances.
􀁸 Reinforce and strengthen relationships with other racial/social justice and policy organizations, and other
stakeholders/partners at the local, state and national levels
􀁸 Pursue strategic partnerships with these allies, and with new, less apparent, partners.
Serve as a Unifying and Decisive Staff Leader.
􀁸 Attract, lead, and retain the strongest possible staff and hold them to clearly defined, high standards of
excellence and accountability
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􀁸 Sustain a supportive, collaborative and equitable working environment that encourages creativity at all
levels
􀁸 Ensure open channels of communication; align work across departments, transparency of decisionmaking
􀁸 Implement effective staff development programs
􀁸 Hold full authority to lead and manage the Senior Leadership Team
􀁸 Recruit and appoint; delegate appropriate operating authority to supervise, coach, develop and support;
and regularly monitor the performance of the Senior Leadership Team.
Develop and Manage Strong Operations and Fiscal Oversight.
􀁸 Establish an efficient, effective, entrepreneurial organizational structure and spirit, with clearly defined
responsibilities and lines of authority and accountability
􀁸 Ensure that appropriate fiscal controls and procedures are in place to assure transparency and
accountability. Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements
􀁸 Effectively structure budgets that reflect and integrate annual and multi-year operational plans, goals, and
strategic objectives
􀁸 Ensure that 21CF has a smooth and effective transition in Executive Director leadership.
Board Interface and Accountability for Performance.
􀁸 Work in partnership with the Chair of the Board to develop the Board meeting agendas and reports for the
Board
􀁸 Serve as a non-voting Director on the Board of Directors, and contribute to their governance as requested
by the Board
􀁸 Support the Nominating Committee “ex officio” and help to evaluate, recruit, and nominate new directors
for appointment by the 21CF Board
􀁸 Along with the Board Chair, develop the Board culture to one with a stronger fundraising and governing
capacity
􀁸 Inform staff of board policies and decisions and ensure that they are implemented in a timely and
consistent manner.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
􀁸 Proven ability to lead and grow a complex organization through the full spectrum of the business cycle
􀁸 Demonstrated track record in building strategic partnerships and ability to compete for and win
philanthropic support or partnerships from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations
􀁸 Working knowledge of Black community issues (historical and current), progressive issues, the political
landscape, and the implications of new developments
􀁸 Ability to appreciate unique roles in the racial and social justice sector and has the ability to clearly
communicate an organization’s mission and work to external stakeholders
􀁸 Ability to work with a Board of Directors with a history of strengthening proper governance guidelines and
building the consensus necessary to ensure organizational success
􀁸 Creativity and innovation in assessing and identifying opportunities, partnerships, programs, and resource
development
􀁸 Able to facilitate competing interests and priorities to arrive at positive outcomes
􀁸 The proven ability to create constructive partnerships among diverse constituencies, to strength
consensus building, collaboration, and communication
􀁸 Effective verbal and written communications, including excellent public speaking skills for formal and
extemporaneous presentations. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to use diplomacy
effectively both internally and externally
􀁸 Integrity and high ethical standards with a reputation for fairness and transparency
􀁸 Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
􀁸 Strong sensitivity and commitment to cultural, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity
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􀁸 Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice and civic engagement, especially in connection
with low-income Black communities
􀁸 Ability to get individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level of accountability
and productivity
􀁸 Ability to manage change for oneself and others
􀁸 High emotional intelligence and consistent ability to act in line with a clear and visible set of values and
beliefs.
Education and Experience:
􀁸 5+ years of demonstrated experience that embraces the following combination of relevant areas:
fundraising and/or business development, including successful record in cultivating and engaging
individuals, small businesses and corporate support, and institutional funding support
􀁸 An undergraduate degree is required. A graduate degree in a relevant field of study such as nonprofit
management, business or an MBA is highly preferred.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Must be able to clearly communicate with others to understand them and to be understood
• Must be able to read and compose documents so that their intent is easily understood
• Must be able to lift at least ten pounds from the floor to four (4) feet above the floor
• Must be able to effectively use a computer and telephone to conduct business
• Must be able to maneuver between two (2) floors and within small office spaces
• Must be able to handle a heavy travel schedule averaging 3-4 out of town trips per month as well as local
New York City public transportation.
Application Instructions:
Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered. Your resume MUST INCLUDE A
COVER LETTER EXPRESSING YOUR INTEREST IN WORKING TO SUPPORT 21CF AND WHY YOU ARE
QUALIFIED FOR THIS JOB. Please submit your application to . No phone calls please!
Equal Employment Opportunity:
21CF is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of
color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin,
ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical
condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.
Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application
process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

August 22nd 2011

Transport for NOLA is hiring an Executive Director

We’re Hiring!
We are excited to announce, thanks to the generosity of the Metropolitan Opportunities Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Transport for NOLA is hiring an Executive Director. Please forward this email to anyone you know that is:
Enthusiastic about alternative forms of transit
Excellent at organizing individuals and groups
Possesses interest in and willingnesss to learn about transit issues
Ready to make a difference here in New Orleans
View the full job description here.

Why work for Transport for NOLA? Here are a few of the exciting things we are working on this fall:

Neighborhoods Partnership Network Capacity College

TfNOLA is working with NPN developing a curriculum to educate community leaders about transit planning, operations decision-making, and long-term funding opportunities. The partnership kicks off this month with a Transit Summit with local transit decision makers from the City, RTA, RPC and non-profit organizations meeting the Capacity College members and explaining their agencies roles. Keep an eye out for future events!

Neighborland

Our friends at Neighborland have created a great platform for connecting with neighbors around issues that are important to you. Four of the top five most popular ideas on the site are transit related. In an effort to connect their users with tools to advocate for transit needs in their neighborhoods, we are helping develop a transit installment in their Neighborland Handbook.

Transit Week 2011

Mark your calendars! Transit Week 2011 is scheduled for November 6th – 12th. This year we are excited to be partnering with a number of local organizations including the RTA, the Monumental Task Committee, and Yelp. Look for event announcements over the next few weeks – and start putting a team together for the scavenger hunt on November 12th!

August 22nd 2011

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA, AUG. 23

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING AGENDA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011
1:30 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
(CITY HALL 1E07)

A. PUBLIC HEARING:

THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 16 OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE NUMBER 4264 M.C.S., AS AMENDED, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER (CITY HALL 1E07), ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING LAW OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for additional accommodations or any assistance to participate may be directed to the Office of Constituent Services at 504-658-4015 (voice), 504-658-4002 (fax), or the City’s TTY 504-586-4475. This communiqué is available in alternative formats upon request.

1. ZONING DOCKET 79/11 – Request by POYDRAS HOME for an amendment to Ordinance No. 18,858 MCS (ZD 39/98, a Conditional Use to permit a monopole), to permit the expansion of an existing home for the aged greater than 25,000 square feet and within 150 feet of a residential district in an MS Medical Service District, on Square 186 on an undesignated lot, in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Jefferson Avenue, Magazine, Leontine and Laurel Streets. The municipal address is 5354 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3)

2. ZONING DOCKET 80/11 – Request by ARABELLA STATION, LLC for an Amendment to Ordinance No. 20,253 MCS (ZD 34/01, a Zoning Change from a B-2 Neighborhood Business District and RD-4 Two-Family Residential District to a C-1A General Commercial District and a Conditional Use to permit a retail use greater than 10,000 square feet in floor area and a mini-warehouse), to modify provisos to permit expanded hours for loading and trash pickup, an increase in the number of eighteen wheel trucks permitted to deliver merchandise to the site in a calendar day, expanded hours of operation, the display of merchandise outside the building, and live entertainment on the premises, on Square 26, Lot 1-A in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Magazine, Joseph, Constance and Arabella Streets. The municipal address is 5600 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3)

3. ZONING DOCKET 81/11 – Request by ST. CLAUDE/ST. ROCH REVITALIZATION, LLC and RICHARDS VS, LLC for a Zoning Change from an HMC-2 Historic Marigny/Treme Commercial District to an HMLI Historic Marigny/Treme Light Industrial District and a Conditional Use to allow commercial activity permitted in a C-1 General Commercial District, on Square 370, Lots 101, B and C, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Saint Claude and Saint Roch Avenues, Spain and North Rampart Streets. The municipal address is 2372 SAINT CLAUDE AVENUE. (ZBM D-13/PD 7)

4. ZONING DOCKET 82/11 – Request by MONTGOMERY VENTURES, LTD for an amendment to Ordinance No. 20,062 M.C.S. (ZD 99/00, a Conditional Use to permit an automobile service center in a B-2 Neighborhood Business District and within the UC Urban Corridor Overlay District) to permit a medical clinic having between 2,500 and 5,000 square feet of floor area, on Square 205, Lot 1, in the Fifth Municipal District, bounded by General DeGaulle Drive, Bender Boulevard, Behrman Place and Memorial Park Drive. The municipal address is 3801 GENERAL DEGAULLE DRIVE. (ZBM E-16/PD 12)

5. ZONING DOCKET 83/11 – Request by TUMBLEWEED PROPERTIES, INC for an Amendment to Ordinance No. 23,630 M.C.S. (ZD 14/09, a Conditional Use to permit the expansion of an existing bar and to include restaurant service in an existing structure in a B-2 Neighborhood Business District), to permit the expansion of the restaurant space and a second floor addition for office and storage space, on Square 26, Lot B-C & D, in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Magazine, Constance and Webster Streets and Henry Clay Avenue. The municipal addresses are 6100-6108 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3)

B. PROPERTY ACQUISITION PUBLIC HEARING:

THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF THE REVISED STATUTES OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND THE CITY CHARTER REGARDING PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 FOLLOWING THE ZONING PUBLIC HEARING, IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER (CITY HALL 1E07)ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED PROPERTY ACQUISITION.

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for additional accommodations or any assistance to participate may be directed to the Office of Constituent Services at 504-658-4015 (voice), 504-658-4002 (fax), or the City’s TTY 504-586-4475. This communiqué is available in alternative formats upon request.

1. PROPERTY ACQUISITION 1/11 – Consideration of the acquisition of Lots 5, 6, 7, 8-A, 8-B, 14, 15, 16 and 17, Square 682, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Caffin and N. Claiborne Avenues, Lamanche and N. Robertson Streets for a new fire station.(ZBM E-14/PD 8)

C. ZONING MEETING: Follows Public Hearings

1. Adoption of the Zoning minutes of the August 9, 2011 Zoning Meeting.

2. FURTHER CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 63/11 – Request by CITY OF NEW ORLEANS for a Conditional Use to permit a neighborhood center in a C-1A General Commercial District and an RD-3 Two-Family Residential District on Square 350, on an undesignated lot in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Saint Claude and Poland Avenues, Lesseps and North Rampart Streets. The municipal address is 4300 SAINT CLAUDE AVENUE. (ZBM E-14/PD 7) (EA/KC/CM) (DEFERRED FROM THE JULY 26, 2011 MEETING)

3. FURTHER CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 73/11 – Request by CITY COUNCIL MOTION M-11-256 for a Conditional Use to permit increases in height and floor area ratio and a non-accessory parking garage in a CBD-3 Central Business District on Square 95, Lots A, B, 2, 8 or G, H, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, and alley in the Second Municipal District, bounded by Canal, North Rampart, Iberville and Burgundy Streets. The municipal address is 1031 CANAL STREET. (ZBM C-14/PD 1A) (SCK/EA/LM/CM) (DEFERRED FROM THE AUGUST 9, 2011 MEETING)

4. CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 79/11 – Request by POYDRAS HOME for an amendment to Ordinance No. 18,858 MCS (ZD 39/98, a Conditional Use to permit a monopole), to permit the expansion of an existing home for the aged greater than 25,000 square feet and within 150 feet of a residential district in an MS Medical Service District, on Square 186 on an undesignated lot, in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Jefferson Avenue, Magazine, Leontine and Laurel Streets. The municipal address is 5354 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3) (EA/KC/DT)

5. CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 80/11 – Request by ARABELLA STATION, LLC for an Amendment to Ordinance No. 20,253 MCS (ZD 34/01, a Zoning Change from a B-2 Neighborhood Business District and RD-4 Two-Family Residential District to a C-1A General Commercial District and a Conditional Use to permit a retail use greater than 10,000 square feet in floor area and a mini-warehouse), to modify provisos to permit expanded hours for loading and trash pickup, an increase in the number of eighteen wheel trucks permitted to deliver merchandise to the site in a calendar day, expanded hours of operation, the display of merchandise outside the building, and live entertainment on the premises, on Square 26, Lot 1-A in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Magazine, Joseph, Constance and Arabella Streets. The municipal address is 5600 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3) (SKK/JT)

6. CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 81/11 – Request by ST. CLAUDE/ST. ROCH REVITALIZATION, LLC and RICHARDS VS, LLC for a Zoning Change from an HMC-2 Historic Marigny/Treme Commercial District to an HMLI Historic Marigny/Treme Light Industrial District and a Conditional Use to allow commercial activity permitted in a C-1 General Commercial District, on Square 370, Lots 101, B and C, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Saint Claude and Saint Roch Avenues, Spain and North Rampart Streets. The municipal address is 2372 SAINT CLAUDE AVENUE. (ZBM D-13/PD 7) (EA/KC/CM)

7. CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 82/11 – Request by MONTGOMERY VENTURES, LTD for an amendment to Ordinance No. 20,062 M.C.S. (ZD 99/00, a Conditional Use to permit an automobile service center in a B-2 Neighborhood Business District and within the UC Urban Corridor Overlay District) to permit a medical clinic having between 2,500 and 5,000 square feet of floor area, on Square 205, Lot 1, in the Fifth Municipal District, bounded by General DeGaulle Drive, Bender Boulevard, Behrman Place and Memorial Park Drive. The municipal address is 3801 GENERAL DEGAULLE DRIVE. (ZBM E-16/PD 12) (MM/LM/LF)

8. CONSIDERATIONZONING DOCKET 83/11 – Request by TUMBLEWEED PROPERTIES, INC for an Amendment to Ordinance No. 23,630 M.C.S. (ZD 14/09, a Conditional Use to permit the expansion of an existing bar and to include restaurant service in an existing structure in a B-2 Neighborhood Business District), to permit the expansion of the restaurant space and a second floor addition for office and storage space, on Square 26, Lot B-C & D, in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Magazine, Constance and Webster Streets and Henry Clay Avenue. The municipal addresses are 6100-6108 MAGAZINE STREET. (ZBM A-15/PD 3) (SKK/LM/DT)

D. PLANNING MEETING:

1. Adoption of the Planning minutes of the August 9, 2011 Planning Meeting.

PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS/DISPOSITIONS:

2. CONSIDERATIONPROPERTY ACQUISITION 1/11 – Consideration of the acquisition of Lots 5, 6, 7, 8-A, 8-B, 14, 15, 16 and 17, Square 682, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Caffin and N. Claiborne Avenues, Lamanche and N. Robertson Streets for a new fire station.(ZBM E-14/PD 8) (DT)

3. CONSIDERATIONPROPERTY DISPOSITION 3/11 – Consideration of a sale of a 5 ft. by 50 ft. portion of McKenna Street adjacent to Square 143, Lot 45-A-1, Burtheville, in the Sixth Municipal District, bounded by Versailles Blvd., MeKenna, Calhoun and York Streets.(ZBM B-14/PD 3) (CM)

STREET NAME CHANGE:

4. CONSIDERATIONSTREET NAME CHANGE 3/11 – Consideration of a street name change from Girod Street to Dave Dixon Drive between LaSalle Street and West Stadium Drive. (ZBM C-14/PD 1) (CM)

5. RATIFICATIONS:

i. CONSIDERATION – Ratification of the Executive Director’s Actions Relative to Certified Subdivisions. (AB)

ii. CONSIDERATION – Ratification of the Executive Director’s Actions Relative to Personnel Matters. (YR)

6. OTHER PLANNING MATTERS:

i. Executive Director’s Reports on Various Activities. (YR)

ii. Committee Reports.

iii. Announcements by Chairman. (CM)

iv. Adjournment – the next meeting is scheduled for September 13, 2011.

Yolanda Rodriguez
Executive Director

Paul Cramer
Planning Administrator
New Orleans City Planning Commission
1340 Poydras Street # 900
New Orleans, LA 70112

August 22nd 2011

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: YOUTH ORGANIZER

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: YOUTH ORGANIZER

The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reforming Louisiana’s juvenile justice system. Since 1997, JJPL’s successes include: driving all private, for-profit juvenile prisons from the state, the shut down of two juvenile prisons including the infamous Tallulah facility, a successful campaign to pass Act 1225 – the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003 – legislation committing Louisiana to reducing its reliance on secure care and increasing alternatives to incarceration close to children’s homes, and helping to lead the revision of the Recovery School District (RSD) school discipline code to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in New Orleans . JJPL’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities in order to instill hope and to ensure that children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and to thrive. One of our primary objectives to achieve our mission is increasing the power of communities most impacted by the juvenile justice system. JJPL’s youth organizing program, Young Adults Striving for Success (YASS), was founded in 2008 as a membership led-project to amplify the voices of youth in public policy and to provide a space for young people, many of whom have been court involved, to develop leadership skills and to empower their communities.

YASS/JJPL is a member of The Power of a Million Minds Youth Collaborative (POMM), a city-wide coalition of five different youth organizations. The Collaborative is an equal partnership between YASS and four other youth organizations, including:

Fyre Youth Squad
Fyre Youth Squad (FYS) is a diverse group of self determined youth ages 14-24 living in the greater New Orleans area who want to effect positive educational change and create a “world-class” learning environment in all New Orleans Public Schools. FYS is a youth led, youth governed organization that meets twice a week after school to discuss pertinent issues plaguing the New Orleans educational institutions. FYS actively seeks to create solutions for the many problems facing New Orleans’ public school students, advocates for accountability of elected officials and policy makers, and promotes awareness and activism among the children and youth of New Orleans.

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA-NO) is a youth-led community-based organization that focuses on youth organizing and development in New Orleans. VAYLA-NO is dedicated to empowering Vietnamese-Americans and underrepresented youth through services, cultural enrichment, and social change. Young community leaders founded VAYLA-NO in 2006 as a means to reach out to the larger community to create a voice and organize to address the needs in the local community. Committed to youth development, community empowerment, higher education, and cultural awareness, VAYLA-NO is composed of young leaders, high school and college students who want to engage and empower others educationally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually.

Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (Rethink) is a civic engagement program for middle school youth who want a voice in the rebuilding of New Orleans public school system. Rethink has six after-school clubs at public schools and a citywide program which includes a summer program and weekend action committees. Rethink works to inform polices that ensure excellence in education for all New Orleans youth.

LatiNOLA Youth Leadership Council
The LatiNola Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) is a group of inter-ethnic, primarily Latino, high school students who promote leadership development and civic engagement among their peers at their schools and in their communities, and who work to improve conditions for all of New Orleans’ diverse youth, especially its growing immigrant populations.

JJPL is currently hiring a Full Time Youth Organizer, whose time will be split equally between supporting YASS and developing POMM. Responsibilities of the position will include:

· Connect with, engage, community members from a wide range of background, experience, and capacities.

· Field organizing/field canvassing experience.

· Participate in regular base meetings and trainings

· Base-building and outreach to increase membership in YASS and POMM as needed

· Develop and maintain systems for keeping accurate lists and reports about contacts, events, and etc.
· Responsible for Logistics for YASS and POMM
· Development of outreach materials for YASS and POMM
· Point on facilitating in the development of an organizing campaign with POMM through strategic planning.
· Supervision of youth members of YASS and POMM on all activities including but not limited to out of city trips, enrichment activities, and out of state.
· Full integration of YASS members within the work of Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
· Manage implementation of Political/Social education of YASS members and POMM members.
· Facilitate planning of all events such as summits, actions, and learning circles for POMM

Qualifications:

Applicant should be a leader as well as collaborative worker. They should be highly motivated, have excellent written and communication skills and enjoy working with teenagers and young adults. Applicants should be self-motivated and willing to work long hours when necessary. Commitment to the youth of New Orleans metropolitan area and reliable transportation is a must, as is past experience working with youth. Community organizing experience is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

The position has full-benefits and provides salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Dana Kaplan, at . The position is open until filled, although we strongly recommend submitting application materials by September 15th, 2011 for maximum consideration. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept phone calls or answer questions regarding the position at this time.

June 14th 2011

HOMESTAY HOSTS NEEDED for Convergence Attendees on Wednesday, June 22

HOMESTAY HOSTS NEEDED for Convergence Attendees on Wednesday June 22

ENGAGE, a national network of organizers, educators, students, volunteers and citizens working for just and sustainable communities, will host its annual Convergence in New Orleans next week!

We are looking for 25 homestay hosts on Wednesday, June 22 with room for 2 people to sleep. We would like hosts to pick the two people at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and drop them off Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at 3043 St. Philip St. (N. Salcedo). We can provide transportation either way if needed.

We welcome neighbors and homestay hosts to join us for the Welcoming BBQ between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be by donation and please RSVP.

Contact David at 504-383-3636 or email to host someone and RSVP for the BBQ!

June 9th 2011

Come out and attend NPN's semi-annual Membership Meeting!

Neighborhoods Partnership Network

NPN Membership meeting – 6/14/2011 Come out and attend NPN’s semi-annual Membership Meeting! Not only will we be voting on very important bylaw changes, but also the City’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will be in attendance, to introduce themselves, discuss what they will be doing for neighborhoods, and fielding YOUR questions! Bring your entire neighborhood! Food and drink will be provided! NPN Membership Meeting Location: Grace Episcopal Church Time: ‎5:30PM Tuesday, June 14th

May 19th 2011

Recycling in Broadmoor!

A message from community leaders in the Broadmoor Neighborhood

There’s been some confusion over when Richard’s Disposal collects recyclables in Broadmoor. Hopefully, this message will clear it up.

Subgroup A (borders: Northside of Fountainbleu Ave and South Broad St. to South Jeff Davis Pkwy. and Washington Ave): put your recyclables out on Thursday for Friday pickup.

Subgroup B (borders: Claiborne Ave, downtown side of Napoleon Ave to Toledano St. and south side of Broad St.): put your recyclables out on Tuesday for Wednesday pickup.

Subgroup C (borders: Claiborne Ave, Audubon Park side of Napoleon Ave to south side of Fountainbleu Ave to Nashville Ave): put your recyclables out on Wednesday for Thursday pickup.

If you have any questions about the collection schedule, please call Richard’s Disposal’s Customer Service at (504) 241-2142.

If you haven’t received a recycling bin, you can register here: http://www.nola.gov/RESIDENTS/Department-Of-Sanitation/Curbside-Recycling/

For a Broadmoor map with subgroups, click here: http://broadmoorimprovement.com/node/22

Broadmoor Improvement Association
4520 South Derbigny Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-309-2561

March 11th 2011

LAFITTE GREENWAY STEERING ADVISORY COMMITTEE-

Fellow LGSAC members and Lafitte Greenway community,
Please mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Lafitte
Greenway Steering Advisory Committee on Friday, March 11 (the Friday
after Mardi Gras). Please note that there will be no February meeting
for LGSAC. As you all are aware, we continue to await finalization of
a new contract for planning and design of the Lafitte Corridor
Greenway/Trail Design and Corridor Revitalization Plan between the
City of New Orleans and the selected planning team principals, Design
Workshop.
In other developments, the collaborative effort to create a series of
informational kiosks continues, as do plans to remove the FEMA trailer
infrastructure from the former LIFT site. Planning is also underway
for the sixth annual Hike the Corridor event later this spring,
organized by Friends of Lafitte Corridor.
The focus of the March meeting of the Steering Advisory Committee will
be environmental assessment and remediation. I am working to engage
speakers/participants who can update us on the City’s process for
assessing environmental conditions along the Lafitte Corridor, and who
can help us understand the types of environmental or cleanup
challenges that redevelopment of an inner city urban site like the
Lafitte Corridor is likely to present. Any and all suggestions for
whom to invite to help us address these issues are appreciated.
Hopefully there will also be good news to share on the contract to
start this project!
Attached please find the approved minutes of our October 2010 LGSAC
meeting.
Thank you for your continued engagement and support.

Sincerely,
Daniel Samuels
Chair, Lafitte Greenway Steering Advisory Committee

March 10th 2011

Trumpet Release Party TONIGHT! Join Us!

YOU’RE INVITED!

Come join the fun as we launch the March/April issue of The Trumpet! The theme is Neighborhood Revitalization and we will spotlight the Pines Village Neighborhood Association, Melia Subdivision and Rosedale Neighborhood Association. There will be lots of fish, seafood pasta to eat, plenty of drinks and local entertainment as we say goodbye to the Carnival season and hello to spring time in New Orleans!

Tell your neighbors, tell your family, tell your friends; come out and support The Trumpet Magazine“Community Voices Orchestrating Change.”

February 23rd 2011

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Crescent City Connection Tolls, Algiers Ferry & General DeGaulle Drainage Project

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

AEDF in partnership with Sen. David Heitmeir, Rep. Jeff Arnold, Rep. Jim Tucker & New Orleans Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

DATE:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 TIME:

6:00PM to 8:00PM

LOCATION:

L.B. Landry High School

1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA

PRESENTERS:

Secretary Sherri LeBas and David Miller

of the Louisiana Department of

Transportation & Development

February 14th 2011

TFL announces 2011-2012 Community Advocacy Grants

TFL announces 2011-2012 Community Advocacy Grants

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) has released its 2011-12 Request for Application (RFA) for Community Advocacy Grants (CAGs). This grant is open until March 16.

The RFA can be viewed at: http://www.tobaccofreeliving.org/home5/ or at http://www.lphi.org/tflgrant. Details on upcoming information sessions are below. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

The purpose of these grants is to foster community involvement in carrying out TFL’s goals of reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, preventing tobacco initiation by youth, promote tobacco cessation among youth and adults, and reducing tobacco-related health disparities.

TFL CAGs assist in the growth and development of statewide capacity building and mobilization efforts for tobacco prevention and control. It is through the statewide coordination of these strengthened efforts that the goal of prevention is met through policy change. The three areas that the RFA will focus on are youth, young adults (college/university), and priority populations.

Grantees must be one of the following:
• 501©3 status, or
• be a native American tribe
• or be a college or university

The CAGs funding period will be from July 1, 2011 to June 15, 2012 (FY 11/12).
Benefits to the TFL Community Advocacy Grantees include:
• Funding for staff support stipends
• Funding for community capacity building and staff professional development
• Networking opportunities through membership in your regional coalition

For those interested in learning more about the RFA, technical assistance (TA) calls regarding the scope of work (sow) for the grants are scheduled.
Please contact Cassandra at (504) 301-9839 for information on how to participate.

February 10th 2011

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice empowers minority and low-income populations

Contact:

Chris Brook, attorney

Southern Coalition for Social Justice
(919) 323-3380

Paul Barth

President, New Hill Community Association
(919) 539-8736

New Hill Community Association Settles Litigation For More Than $500,000 in Community Benefits

New Hill, NC—The New Hill Community Association has settled its litigation against the Western Wake Partners over their decision to site a wastewater treatment facility in their community. Represented for the past two years by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the Association received $500,000 to build a community center, a long-held goal of New Hill residents.

“During the course of our efforts, our community has come together as never before with neighbors becoming friends,” said Rev. James Clanton, Pastor of the First Baptist Church New Hill. Rev. Clanton, who serves as New Hill Community Association Secretary and was recently awarded the Florenza Moore Grant Community Environmental Justice Award, continued, “These efforts will help mitigate impacts to our community.”

The Partners will also connect the community center to the new wastewater treatment facility free of charge as well as constructing two bus stops for community children as part of the settlement.

The Partners had already agreed to hook up individuals living closest to the facility to water and sewer, improving upon their original plans by clarifying they would handle all expenses and pay directly to water and sewer contractors instead of requiring residents to wait for reimbursements.

SCSJ staff attorney Chris Brook echoed Rev. Clanton’s sentiments saying, “SCSJ was proud to work with NHCA in their quest for environmental justice and know the settlement represents a huge step to realizing the New Hill community’s goals.”

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice empowers minority and low-income populations to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights.
115 Market St., Suite 470
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 323-3380

February 10th 2011

Support Quality Higher Education In Louisiana

Support Quality Higher Education In Louisiana

We have a failure in leadership and vision for higher education. The chaos and confusion created by the impending doom of budget cuts, frantic university mergers, the push for a single board are not improving the outcomes for education. With all the challenges for quality information and data to support policymakers, it is nearly impossible to make reasonable strategic decisions. All at the same time, we have too much information, but not enough of the right information in a format that promotes rational planning for the future. Many of these short term decisions will have lasting impact on the future of education in the state and our ability to educate and train our workforce and leaders of the future.

The Real Questions:

Do we have the right mix of educational opportunities? Do students have accurate information to make the right choices?

The Center for American Progress released a report in December by Dr. Bridget Terry Long, from Harvard University, Grading Higher Education:Giving Consumers What They Need, which outlines why consumers should be given the information they need to maximize their college investment and outlines a process of gathering and reporting information on higher education in a very useful and usable manner that can actually help drive the discussion forward.

Higher education is indeed a complicated domain with significant challenges, but there is hope that empowering consumers with better information might be an effective way to improve outcomes.

By Bridget Terry Long, Center for American Progress

A college degree bestows numerous benefits upon individuals and society, including higher earnings, a lower likelihood of unemployment, an increased tax base, and greater civic engagement. For many, postsecondary training is the gateway to a secure job, nice home, and good schools for their children.

The problem is that going to college is an expensive investment. The cost of four years of college can exceed $100,000, and over a quarter of four-year college students graduate with over $25,000 of student loan debt. Moreover, the college investment is a high-risk proposition. While the average return on a postsecondary credential is substantial, justifying the cost in most cases, there is no guarantee that a person will benefit. Only half of college entrants complete a bachelor’s degree and so many students forfeit the potential returns of such a degree.

At the same time, student needs are changing. A majority of those attending college are no longer the traditional students attending immediately after high school graduation who are reliant on their parents for support. Instead, many are working learners who are trying to gain a variety of college-level skills while balancing family and employment demands.

In addition to being a costly and uncertain endeavor, attending college also requires one to make a complicated set of decisions that must be done in the appropriate order and at the right times. These decisions include whether and how to prepare, where to apply, which institution to choose, and how to finance the costs. There are numerous resources to help students understand and improve their preparation for college, but there are far fewer tools or aids to help families navigate the college selection process.

Read more here.

Send a note to your legislators to encourage smart decisions to strentghen the future of higher education in Louisiana.

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February 10th 2011

2011 SENO Accelerator: Seeking Social Entrepreneurs! (due March 3rd

SENO (Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans) is currently seeking ten high-potential early-stage social entrepreneurs who are working to solve a pressing social problem in New Orleans (and beyond)! Please help us out by forwarding the announcement below far and wide. Also, if you can recommend anyone in particular who would be great for this program, please send me his/her name, so I can follow up with him/her directly.

Best,
Andrea Chen

*******************

Are you passionate about tackling our city’s biggest challenges?

Are you an innovator with an idea to solve a pressing social problem?

If so, SENO encourages you to apply online for the 2011 New Ventures Accelerator for early-stage social entrepreneurs!

SENO’s mission is to systematically cultivate bold and coordinated solutions to our city’s most pressing social challenges and to help social entrepreneurs who tackle these high-priority challenges take their ideas from vision to reality. We define “social entrepreneur” as an individual who develops an effective and efficient solution to a social problem and measures his/her success in social impact.

New Ventures Accelerator Overview:

Social entrepreneurs are innovators who are passionate about solving what others may see as intractable social problems. They play a tremendous and critical role in solving our city’s biggest challenges. The SENO New Ventures Accelerator was designed in partnership with globally recognized social entrepreneurship nonprofit Echoing Green and shaped by the needs of early-stage social entrepreneurs. The purpose of the Accelerator is to significantly accelerate an early-stage social venture’s impact and financial sustainability. SENO recognizes that early-stage social entrepreneurs are talented individuals but may not begin as experts in every aspect of running their new ventures. The Accelerator provides hands-on support from paid consultants in customized areas of need, pro-bono professional services, a large network of mentors and experts, timely connections, peer learning opportunities, and increased exposure for the venture.

* Paid Accelerator Consultants will spend 6-8 hours per week working hands-on with social entrepreneurs in areas of need determined by the social entrepreneur. Past areas of need have included writing business plans, market analysis, financial management, and executive coaching. * Pro-bono technical assistance will be customized to each social entrepreneur and may occur in areas such as legal, financial management, quantifying impact, fundraising, accounting, communications, back-office, marketing, and social media. * Executive Mentors and SENO will help participants make timely “people connections” to help the social entrepreneur build a larger network of supporters and resources. * Our goal is for over 80% of social entrepreneurs in our cohort to reach their top social impact and financial sustainability goals.

Past deliverables in our pilot program have included: developing a business plan, new funding for the venture through fund development coaching, the establishment of effective financial and back office systems, market and feasibility analysis for a new earned income venture, and executive coaching for management challenges.

What past social entrepreneurs have said…

On Accelerator Consulting: “The consultant SENO provided to us as part of the Accelerator program was a former nonprofit Executive Director who was so experienced and knowledgeable and saved us hours that we could have spent looking for training, making mistakes, and still would not have ended up with the kind of result we had. She helped us recognize that we needed to solidify our infrastructure before we launched our new line of business, then proceeded to help our relatively young staff in refining our programmatic design to reflect the needs of our constituents, in revising our staffing plans, in implementing organizational processes and procedures for our organization, and re-aligning our program goals to qualify for additional streams of revenue.”

~John Thompson, Executive Director, Resurrection After Exoneration, Echoing Green Fellow

On pro-bono professional services: “How do we set up payroll? What do you do about health insurance?…When Rethink became an official non-profit in Janaury 2009, we needed really expert advice on how to structure our finances. We were told by our fiscal agent that the best thing we could do was to get great advice up front. We were confronted with the idea of paying a lot of money for this. However, through SENO’s program, SENO recruited a technical assistance provider for us, a CPA, who set up our books free of charge. She was a godsend for us at a critical moment and treated us as if we were a client.”

~Jane Wholey, Executive Director, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

Selection Criteria:

The ideal candidate is a high-potential early-stage social entrepreneur who has needs in specific areas and is interested in external assistance to accelerate his/her venture. We select social entrepreneurs based on three main criteria:

1. Entrepreneurial/leadership qualities

• Demonstrated leadership potential
• Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles
• Strong passion and commitment for the program area in which they plan to work
• Practical skills, including problem-solving, strategic and organizational abilities
• Personal integrity

2. Plans for organizational sustainability

• Plan for financial sustainability and growth

3. Innovation/potential for significant social impact in an area of high need.

• Clear and compelling mission and objectives
• Sound strategy and plan for program development and delivery
• Plan for evaluating success and performance
• Seriousness of the social problem to be addressed
• Innovative idea and approach
• Potential for tangible impact to the beneficiary population
• Potential for replication and growth
• Potential for effecting systemic change (e.g., policy change, societal change, influence in the field)

Please see attachments for full program details and application questions. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Andrea Chen at .

February 10th 2011

NU meeting 2/8/11 Freret Neighborhood Center Minutes

NU meeting 2/8/11

Freret Neighborhood Center

Creating a volunteer opportunity calendar for the neighborhood 33 volunteers coming to clean out storm drains March 19-26 11 students from CT looking for Green My Home project starting up with Salvation Army, Global Green, and Lowe’s Ecobaskets to help green, energy assessments from Global Green, looking to help 25 families to cut down on their utility bills. Deadline to apply is March 1. Planning FNC Field Day is in progress. FNC burglar has been arrested. Yay! Van has been the Hand On New Orleans coordinator for the neighborhood, and now he’s working with New Orleans Food and Farm Network. Investigating food issues for the neighborhood. If interested, contact . Renata – Crime walk on Jan 26 in Milan neighborhood. 60-100 people showed up. Biggest one yet. Milan group meeting is 2/9/11 at the Tennis Center.

Property Campaign

Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. At the last meeting, we found out from Jeff Hebert that because code enforcement is such a soup sandwich that all judgments to date have been wiped out, and the process must start over for everyone. Priority is to main streets. Patrick: seems like he’s an honest guy trying to fix the process, we just need to keep on them Andy: funding is in the same problem as NORD, up in the air. City intake # is 658-4300, in case you want to report a property. Jane: The city needs six months to get their system fixed, but we need to keep compiling data. The city is in the process of merging three departments. Upcoming Code Enforcement hearings: 2/9 4620 Willow (10 a.m.) 2021 Gen Taylor (11:30 a.m.) 2/16 2708 General Pershing (9:15 a.m.) 2617 General Pershing (1:30 a.m.) 2/23 2800 Milan (10 a.m.) 2828 Upperline (1 p.m.)

Check out whodata.org for lots of fun blight info.

Officer Staehle

Sgt Ernie Joseph (), supervisor of the QOL officers. Contact us if you have any problems. A sex offender has moved into the neighborhood and put an invalid address. Who to call? Sex Crime Unit. Dean: been lots of neighborhood presence at NONPACC meetings, and we’re seeing lots more police presence in the area, so thanks, you all. Next NONPACC meeting is next Tuesday (2/15) at 6 p.m. @ Touro.

Feb Service Project – Tree Planting Feb 12

Meet at the Neighborhood Center Saturday at 10 a.m. 80 trees to plant, so we need lots of help. Call Dean at 895-9481 for more info. Dean: We want to Eva: next Hands On service projects are March 19 & March 26. Looking for projects to do.

Skate Park @ Samuel Square?

Calling all Thrashers: Tony Hawk Foundation helps set up skate parks. If anybody wants to write a grant for one in our neighborhood, contact Dean.

Night club @ NHS?

Like the new paint job at NHS? Send an e-mail to to thank her. Dean: thanks to Kim & Eva for “donating” part of their salaries for the paint. The Fat Tuesday folks want to put a club in the lower level of the NHS building.

Nominations for new officers

Andrew: proposing that we break up officer positions into other positions, such as technology officer, planning, area coordinator, etc. Think about ideas.

New Business

New Freret streetscape is starting in April. Grate repair, new trees, neighborhood sign at each end of the street, lighting, ADA ramps, bump-outs in street. Anybody know what it looks like? Go to the 6th floor of City Hall. Development update: Freret & Jena – Pizzeria, Deli, sit-down catfish place restaurant, Wagner’s – Fitness place, gourmet burger place The old Las Accacias – Deep Dish pizza Dat Dog – gourmet hotdogs will open on Sunday The owner of the building of Friar Tucks is selling it, so FT is no more. Reaching saturation point on restaurants. What else do we want on Freret? Movies, bank, family entertainment, retail, bookstore, fresh food Any suggestions? Contact Greg at

Freret Market will be producing Freret Street Festival this year. Four stages, 15 bands, 200 vendors, everything in Freret Street proper, not in the parking lots. Event will end with a roller derby match. Sat April 2.

4516 Freret – between Sarita’s & boxing gym. Rankin Hickman wants to open a Jazz venue. Fits into the Arts & Cultural overlay, but he wants to make sure that we’ll be OK with it. It’s located on a Barecca property, sale pending until he gets neighbor approval (75% of 9-block area of residents). Needs to work things out with the schools, too. Might be open during the day as well; still planning going on. Hoping to start construction in 5 months, six months of work.

Jane has been keeping up with the health clinic plans in the NU/Broadmoor/Gert Town area. Proposed location is at Washington & Broad, trying to get it done before the tax credits expire. Long range plan is to get this to be a Federally designated health center. Working with Tulane. Want to start construction later in the year, opening next year.

Speeding camera @ Upperline & Freret.

Next meeting is April 12, 2011, 6 p.m. bring something yummeh!

February 10th 2011

New Schools for New Orleans, Innovative Thinking on a National Level

New Schools for New Orleans, Innovative Thinking on a National Level

2011 promises to be an exciting year as New Orleans continues to influence the national conversation on innovative education reform. In August of last year, a Fordham report named New Orleans the number one city for education reform in the nation – a strong indication that what we’re trying to accomplish in New Orleans can be a model for other cities across the country.

We’re off to a notable start in January and February and look forward to not only building existing relationships, but also looking for new resources, partnerships and audiences that will maintain momentum in our city.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and input. We look forward to additional discussion and are happy to respond.

All the best,
Sarah

Evidence of National Focus at Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund Project Directors Meeting

In January, the NSNO i3 Team participated in the first ever Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Project Directors Meeting in Washington D.C. The event, held over 2-days by the U.S. Department of Education, provided an opportunity for NSNO to collaborate, engage and train with other project teams. The New Orleans initiative continued to illustrate the truly unique level of forward thinking necessary to effect change on a national level.

The translation of the 5-year New Orleans process of virtually eliminating academically unacceptable schools into a usable roadmap for other urban school districts is critical. Ongoing assessment will be provided by the newly selected New Orleans i3 Project Evaluator, Stanford University Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), who joined NSNO in D.C. to launch the rigorous process for the 2011 school year and beyond. Click here for current information on The New Orleans i3 Project.
A Model of Citywide Collaboration at Teacher Incentive Fund Grantee Meeting

The New Orleans Teacher Incentive Fund Program (NOLA TIF) team joined fellow project teams at the annual USDOE Teacher Incentive Fund Grantee Meeting held in Alexandria, VA February 3-4, 2011. The NOLA TIF project will provide the opportunity for three independent charter management organizations (FirstLine, KIPP and ReNEW) to work in partnership with NSNO and the Recovery School District to design a performance-based compensation program for teachers and leaders. Going forward, success of the program will be measured in both impact of the additional incentives on student achievement and in long-term program sustainability. Click here to learn more about the NOLA TIF project.

New Orleans Showcased at Teach for America’s 20th Anniversary Summit

February 11-12, 2011, NSNO heads back to Washington D.C. to join some of the most powerful agents of change in education reform today to celebrate a significant 20-Year milestone with Teach For America’s leadership, current corps members and alumni. This year’s event showcases both New Orleans and Baltimore as models of urban reform. Sarah Newell Usdin, NSNO Founder and CEO, and 1992 TFA alumna, will be featured on two panel discussions.

The first, a “Special Session on Alumni Strategy for National TFA Board Members, Council Members and Investors“ will kickoff the Summit. Sarah, alongside Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Leslie Jacobs, and others, will share New Orleans specifics as evidence of and inspiration for sustained and systemic change. The second, “Changing Education Through Social Entrepreneurship,” will feature fellow social entrepreneurs, and will aim to inspire the kind of entrepreneurship and innovation we see in New Orleans every day.

February 10th 2011

Want to fight crime? Hunger for Literacy

http://business.fsjna.org/2011/02/hunger-for-literacy/

Check out the video in the link above.

It’s an excerpt of a film from 2cent.com

You can see the entire video in the link below:
http://tinyurl.com/4mmsmpd

Want to change the world? Read to a child. Give them a book.

Hunger for literacy.

http://business.fsjna.org/2011/02/hunger-for-literacy/

January 26th 2011

BEFORE THE FORUM: Come to the Advocacy Task Force Meeting

Please come to the Advocacy Task Force meeting from 5pm to 6 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne in New Orleans, which is also the location of the town hall forum.

January 24th 2011

Come out to the Capacity College Information Session

NPN is preparing for its winter 2011 session of Capacity College! This program will include core and intermediate classes on a monthly basis starting in mid-February.

If you are a seasoned neighborhood leader or if you want to learn how to be a capable leader in your community, this is the program for you.

Come out to our information session to get your application and learn how to apply online, too. You will also have a chance to learn about our course offerings.

RSVP to attend this session at .

Information Session
Monday, January 24, 2011
NPN
4902 Canal Street
Suite 301
New Orleans, LA
504-940-2207

Refreshments will be served.

April 2nd 2010

NPN's "The Trumpet Magazine" seeks distribution contractor

NPN seeks a highly organized, dependable individual with a flexible schedule to be our new Trumpet Magazine Distribution Contractor.

Job Requirements:
-manage spreadsheet of distribution locations
-physically distribute The Trumpet Magazine to all locations (every two months; must be available on at least one week day (Friday or Monday) as well as the full weekend for delivery).
-return checked off spreadsheet of locations that have been distributed to, as well as gas receipt and invoice for stops.
-contractor is responsible for his or her own transportation
-must be able to lift magazine bundles – approx. 20lbs

Strong Candidates will posses the following skills:
-highly organized
-extremely dependable
-self-motivated
-Excel spreadsheets
-Google Docs
-good written and oral communication skills

To apply, please send your resume along with a brief statement on why you would like to apply for this job and why you are qualified to . The subject line should say “Distribution Applicant.” Very strong candidates will additionally submit a recommendation from a former employer or coworker.

November 11th 2009

NPN Trumpet Editorial Board Seeks New Board Member

The Trumpet Editorial Board meets every other month on a Wednesday morning at 8a.m. at the NPN offices.

Duties:
-Brainstorming on story and theme ideas for future issues of The Trumpet
-Make calls/send e-mails on behalf of The Trumpet Magazine
-Attending and volunteering at Trumpet Release Parties (every other month)
-Editorial oversight for Trumpet Content
-Submitting one piece of content for each issue (either that you write or have someone write)

The ideal candidate should be familiar with or interested in learning about The Trumpet Magazine. Journalism background is a plus but not necessary.

Candidate must be a member of their neighborhood association and that neighborhood association must me a member of NPN for applicant to be considered.

November 11th 2009

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans Supports Extension of Homebuyer Tax Credit

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2009
Contact: Lauren Anderson, 504.899.5900 × 105 or

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans Supports Extension of Homebuyer Tax Credit
Urges Homebuyers to Seek Homeownership Education Prior to Home Purchase

New Orleans, LA — Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans (NHS) applauds the decision by Congress and President Obama to renew the homebuyer tax credit and make it available to both first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners. In addition, NHS joins with other regional housing advocates to call for a clarification of Congressional intent to make eligible those homeowners who, due to the storms and the federal levee failures of 2005, have not lived continuously in their homes for five years.

“Whether a first-time homebuyer, someone moving back who’s ready to repurchase in the greater New Orleans region, or even someone looking to upgrade, NHS urges all homebuyers to seek homeownership education – ideally from NHS – but definitely from a HUD-approved nonprofit member of the Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative, before purchasing a home,” encourages NHS CEO Lauren Anderson.

Participation in homeownership education helps homebuyers determine if they are ready for homeownership. Through homeownership education, potential homebuyers will:

* Assess their financial situation and determine if their financial house is in order; * Decide how much home they can afford, in terms of both cost and size; * Understand responsible home financing and which loan products are most appropriate for them; * Learn how to adequately maintain a home after purchase.

For over 30 years, NHS, a local NeighborWorks organization, has worked with homebuyers to help them achieve their dream of long-term homeownership. We have trained counselors on-staff ready to advise families one-on-one and help them make the right homeownership choices for them. To find out more about our homeownership education courses, please call (504) 899-5900 today.

About NHS

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, Inc. revitalizes communities by increasing the number of homeowners and transforming vacant or substandard properties into sustainable homeownership. We improve quality of life through informed community development initiatives, leadership development, education, outreach & collaboration.

October 1st 2009

Crescent City Celebration Call for Vendors

CLICK HERE FOR VENDOR INFORMATION

The annual Crescent City Celebration will take place Saturday, November 7th at Harney Elementary in Central City (map: http://tinyurl.com/yaa973o) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We will have live music and other entertainment, vendors, a raffle, and a cook-off.

For more information, or if you have interest in performing at, vending at or sponsoring the Crescent City Celebration: A Taste of New Orleans Neighborhoods, please contact Kelly at either or (504)940-2207.

May 6th 2009

NPN Seeks Office Assistant!

Job Title: Office Assistant
Position Reports to: Executive Director

POSITION OVERVIEW

Provides administrative and clerical support to Executive Director; serves as administrative point person for the network

DUTIES

Administrative

-Manages day-to-day operations of Neighborhoods Partnership Network’s office and oversees efforts to locate new office and residential space.
-Prepares newsletter layout, assists with copy editing, and oversees printing and mailing.
-Serves as site liaison with vendors, including landlords, repair companies, and utility companies.
-Maintains supplies and replenishes stock.
-Screens telephone calls, answers routine questions, and takes messages.
-Assists in coordination of logistics for annual event, programs, and meetings.
-Performs administrative and clerical duties including preparation, photocopying, and dissemination of correspondence, reports, minutes of Board meetings, and membership acknowledgments.
-Updates and maintains Salesforce database.
-Performs any other operational-related duties or special projects as directed by management.

Financial

-Tracks monthly expenses, donations, and reimbursement utilizing the Quickbooks system.
-Processes checks and bills. Maintains, tracks, and replenishes petty cash.

Programmatic

-Work with Community Programs Manager to book and schedule programming events.
-Assist or lead event set-up as needed by Programs Manager.
-Serves as first touch for potential members. Provides them with relevant membership information.
-Assists Community Programs Manager with intern/staff/volunteer orientation and retreats.

QUALIFICATIONS

-Excellent administrative and organizational skills; strong attention to detail.
-Excellent facility with or ability to learn Microsoft Office products, Quickbooks and Adobe Suite.
-Familiarity with Salesforce or similar database, preferred.
-Strong writing and editing skills.
-Team player, with a positive attitude.
-Ability and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
-Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Please send a cover letter and resume to to apply.

April 16th 2009

NPN Seeks Trumpet Editor!

The Trumpet Editor Position:

Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN) mission is to improve our quality of life by engaging New Orleanians in neighborhood revitalization and the civic process. The Trumpet is looking for the next Editor. It is a great opportunity to lead an authentic and growing community publication. The Editor is a part-time position. Help carry the torch of community writing.

Job Duties

-Reach out to community residents, students and non-profits and work with them on their submissions.
-Edit and manage the design of the print edition of The Trumpet which is published 6 times during the year, with one of the editions being the “The Trumpet Anniversary Edition” – January issue.
-Act as a liaison with the Times-Picayune, the Gambit, and other local papers
-Coordinator graphic layout and printing of the Trumpet to ensure execution of the magazine
-Ensure the sustainability by researching potential underwriters.
-Collaborate with established leaders in the non-profit, community organizing, and government sectors
-Write editorials, give presentations, or undertake such additional tasks as may be requested by the Executive Director or the Board which are conducive to marketing New Orleans neighborhoods and promoting NPN events.

Skills and experience required:
-Excellent writing and editing skills
-Computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office and programs such as Adobe Photoshop and In-Design (preferred)
-Graphic design skills (preferred)
-Experience with use of the Internet
-Organized and ability to meet deadlines

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and design examples to

Timolynn Sams
Executive Director

July 26th 2008

Small Grants, Big Change

Small grants for unexpected emergencies. Modest Needs offers grants of up to $1000 to help people meet unexpected expenses such as auto repair, medical bills, or an unusually large utility bill.

For further information please go to modestneeds.org

Project Home Again applications

Project Home Again is accepting applications for the new homes that we are building on St. Bernard Avenue in Gentilly. These homes are being built for families who earn less than 80% of the area median income. The families must own a damaged home or vacant lot in Gentilly that they are willing to swap for a new home. Two, three and four bedroom homes are available.

Applications are due by August 21st.

Forms can be found in the resources section.