Slow Moving Hurricane Isaac

As Hurricane Isaac plowed into South Louisiana it decided that it wanted to hang around for a while. Currently the center is just above Baton Rouge, La and has been moving at 6mph all day. Essentially the City of New Orleans has been dealing with 40mph + sustained winds for the past twenty-four hours. The […]

Hurricane Isaac – Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall today in Louisiana over Plaquemines parish and then it took a turn to the west whereby it went back over open water. As of 11:30 CST the storm is still over the water and the rain bands are pelting the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. For those who own […]

Around the Web: New Orleans Receives $40 million FEMA Grant

Guest Post: Sarah Smith - legal assistant at Wolfe Law Group, LLC. It’s been seven years since devastating Hurricane Katrina destructed the City of New Orleans, and in that time the city has joined together to move forward in a positive direction to help rebuild the historical attraction. The pride and persistence of the residents […]

NOLA Contractor’s College

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 […]

Movers & Shakers in New Orleans Solar Market

As Portland is in love with its green roof program, so too is New Orleans in love with Solar energy. And why not? We have lots of sun in the South, a very impressive tax rebate program (for now), and the city has been named as one of 25 American Solar Cities. We've talked about […]

New Orleans Declares Felons Not Responsible Bidders on Public Projects and Washington Contemplating Similar Rule

Mike Purdy's Public Contracting Blog is so awesome, he got to this unique story that touts a legal link between Seattle, WA and New Orleans, LA before I could.    Before getting to the article, let me comment that if your company does public contracting work anywhere in the nation, Mike Purdy's blog is going […]

New Orleans Awarded Grant to Expand Streetcar Line

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded TIGER Grants last week to cities across the country, funding projects that "foster job creation, show strong economic benefits, and promote communities that are safer, cleaner and more livable."    New Orleans shared in the pie of funding, getting a $45 million grant to pay the full cost of […]

Mayor Mitch Landrieu May Help New Orleans Get Greener

Earlier this year, I attended a seminar promoted by the Louisiana Chapter of the USGBC with guest speaker John Moore from the New Orleans Office of Environmental Affairs.    Under the Nagin administration, this office has taken a bit of a beating, getting separeted and consolidated from other departments so often...they haven't even had time […]

4 Years Post-Katrina Construction Outlook in New Orleans is Optimistic

Just last week, New Orleans marked the 4 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Coverage of the anniversary looked back on the somber experience, and then looked forward to the city's continued progress. Construction Outlook is Optimistic The construction market in New Orleans has managed to largely avoid the national recession, giving Hurricane Katrina a silver […]