On January 30, the New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu announced plans for what they are calling Contractor's College. This cutting edge program will aid Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in becoming educated so as to allow them to compete in the market place with other more established construction companies. Mayor Landrieu is quoted as saying:
"Contractor’s College is another great example of how we can build capacity among local businesses by removing obstacles that have prevented their inclusion in local opportunities in the past," “I am confident that this program will put DBE firms on equal footing with other companies as our City continues to recover and rebuild.”The program is funded by a $1.042 mm grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is another step whereby the Landrieu administration has taken positive action to see to it that our business community is more competitive and fair. The Office of Supplier Diversity will oversee the allocation of the funding and run the Contractor's College. Those parties interested in participating in the Contractors College will need to fill out the Contractor Contact Form on the city's website. From there you will receive further information on the program. Further information can be found at the city's web-site or nola.com.