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NEWS RELEASE: MARCH 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Planning Association (APA) announced today that Resilient New Orleans—the planning strategy by the city of New Orleans to make the city more resilient, sustainable and prepared to meet challenges and adapt to change—has received the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice.

APA's Best Practice award is given each year to a tool, project, or program exhibiting state-of-the-art planning methods and practices that help create communities of lasting value. Recipients of the Best Practice award demonstrate results and the importance of innovative planning in building and strengthening communities.

Having faced a variety of challenges and disasters in recent years—including hurricanes, an oil spill, and shifting geographic terrain, along with the struggles of chronic income inequality and financial recession—New Orleans created a comprehensive plan that focused instead on resilience, not rebuilding. The plan would strengthen the city to better manage risk and prepare for future challenges.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Water is central to the Crescent City's existence. It brings commerce to our area, but it also poses a threat.

Millions of dollars in federal funding will come to one section of our city to fight against flooding. Today residents learned what that means for their neighborhood.

Gentilly residents are excited HUD has awarded their neighborhood a $141 million grant. Saturday they learned exactly how that money could be used in what is being called the Gentilly Resilience District.

"We could have all the levees, we could have the best pumping stations. But learning how to deal with water in the neighborhoods - that's what we're going to talk about here today," said Jared Brossett.

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By Christy Lorio NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

on March 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM, updated March 24, 2016 at 7:03 AM

 

The day Elaine Vigne bought her Gentilly Woods home she told her husband she was going shopping, but she didn't specify what she planned to buy. "He thought I went shopping to buy a dress," she said. "He was like, 'I thought you went shopping today?' I said, 'I did. I bought a house.'"

Elaine bought the property at auction on Oct. 25, 2014 through the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. Construction began in March 2015, and the couple moved in this past December. 

She had attended a class about auctions, but a nephew's wedding in Houston kept her from attending the open house, so she bid on the property sight unseen. 

At the auction, "I put the sign up, and they said, 'Sold,' and I said, 'Oh my God!' " Elaine said. The sale price was about $17,000. "I called my best friend from high school, and I said, 'I think I just bought a house.'" 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/25/2016

Contact: Hayne Rainey
For Media Inquiries Only
communications@nola.gov
(504) 658-4945

NEW ORLEANS AWARDED OVER $141 MILLION
FROM HUD'S NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION

New Orleans award is the second largest nationally

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was joined by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and City, State and Federal officials to celebrate the City of New Orleans award of $141.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). HUD's competition is designed to help state and local communities recover from past disasters while improving their ability to withstand future extreme events through strategic community investments.

New Orleans is one of only 13 jurisdictions out of 67 eligible applicants to be awarded funding from NDRC and the award is the second largest nationally.

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