The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be remembered next week. Many individuals from government agencies, national philanthropies, centers of academic study and the media will be in our city. The focus will be on the loss, the progress, the lessons learned and the future of New Orleans as a resilient city. Three key staff members of Providence have been invited to serve on panels next week to share their insight, their expertise and their work in bringing New Orleans people, neighborhoods, and communities back.
Home Sweet Home: Strengthening Neighborhoods for Everyone
Tuesday, August 25th – 3:00pm – 3:50pm
When the levees protecting New Orleans failed in August 2005, approximately 80 percent of the city was flooded and vast expanses of many New Orleans neighborhoods were inundated.Now, with over $1.63 billion invested in the long-term neighborhood revitalization, there is construction in every neighborhood in New Orleans. Roads, schools, community centers and libraries. Recreation centers, parks, playgrounds, pools and athletic stadiums. Police and fire stations, and hospitals and clinics. Recreation facilities alone represent a $151 million investment. Hear from state and local leaders on the initiatives that have strengthened neighborhoods across New Orleans.
Government: A Force for Good
Tuesday, August 25th 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Following Hurricane Katrina, the government was in the driver’s seat – pushing innovation and tough, sometimes disruptive, changes across the board. This led to an unprecedented transformation in the education system; breakthrough change with public housing and healthcare; and a complete overhaul of City Hall. As a result, City government in New Orleans has now become America’s laboratory for innovation and change. During this discussion, panelists will explore government as a strong disruptive force for good.
Urban Revolutionaries: The Rockefeller Foundation CUREx Fellows and the Revitalization of New Orleans
Wednesday, August 26th 11:00 am
An oral history discussion of the CUREx Rockefeller Redevelopment Fellows and Scholars in New Orleans post-Katrina. Discussion will include panelists scope of work in the city’s rebuilding post-Katrina.