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Louisiana Culturepreneur Fund invests in our state's creative endeavors

If you are an individual or small business in the arts, cultural, music, culinary or creative industries located in the Greater New Orleans and Acadiana areas, the Fund offers accessible capital and business training. Loan funds can be used in many ways to support your business — from marketing and advertising to purchasing equipment and supplies, to building your capacity to create long-term projects.

FFL partners with City of New Orleans to enhance broadband access in City and Sewerage and Water Board Facilities

Foresite Group and FFL are designing a fiber-optic network that will enable the City of New Orleans to offer a new range of services to meet the growing expectations of citizens in vibrant urban environments. These services could range from new Smart City capabilities that improve public safety, allow for better communication with residents and improve energy efficiency to innovative ways to approach the digital divide.

LA SAFE launches series of parish-wide public meetings for coastal parish residents

The public meetings, coordinated by LA SAFE and partners including Foundation for Louisiana, help give coastal residents a broad and often historical overview of how the coastline has come to suffer from the kind of erosion that's threatening the economic, cultural and social fabrics of diverse communities. But then as the meetings continue, residents learn how they can become participants and leaders in their own future as they learn to recognize and adapt to challenges by recognizing opportunities.

FFL and Propeller form new loan fund with $500,000 from Living Cities

Through this effort, Propeller and Foundation for Louisiana will make loans to non-profit and for-profit social ventures that are solving pressing issues in food access, water management, educational equity, and health. The partnership will seek to address funding gaps faced by New Orleans’s small businesses, particularly those owned by women and entrepreneurs of color, by offering loans with favorable terms and providing ongoing mentorship and guidance to borrowers.

UNO class offers Certificate in Community Development Finance for working adults

The program will focus on real estate finance, financial analysis and real estate development to support stronger, more resilient and equitable communities. Due to a short launch period and strong demand, the program will start on Jan. 11, 2017. This will allow more time for applicants to plan and prepare for the upcoming coursework. Registration is open through Jan. 6, 2017

Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors present 'Roll with Me, Walk with Me' second line

The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors are concerned citizens and your neighbors who have participated in a 10-week training facilitated by Bike Easy, and they organized this demonstration event to highlight potential road safety improvements and engage even more community members in supporting more transportation options.

Wanted: Consultant to help design fiber network in New Orleans

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) seeks a qualified consultant to plan an institutional fiber network for possible future construction in the City of New Orleans. If built, this network would help meet New Orleans’ goal to serve city-owned and operated buildings and facilities located throughout the 350-square mile city. This new network also would allow the City to: 1) expand its provision of online services to residents; 2) support implementation of Smart City applications; 3) achieve cost efficiencies in daily operations; and 4) help disadvantaged residents to bridge the digital divide via high-speed internet access in city owned and operated facilities.

FFL, ChallengeNOLA coalition named finalist in $90 million SPARCC grant competition

SPARCC is a three-year, $90 million initiative that challenges the six final cities to create more just outcomes for all residents while focusing on three key areas of need: racial equity, climate resiliency and health. The ChallengeNOLA coalition represented New Orleans as one of 10 cities in the U.S. invited to compete in the first stage of the competition which narrowed the field to eight cities. The final results will be announced in December.

HousingNOLA appoints Andreanecia M. Morris as executive director

"Foundation for Louisiana is pleased to be a founding partner in the work of HousingNOLA and their mission to provide sustainable, affordable housing for the people of New Orleans since the organization's inception," said Flozell Daniels Jr., President and CEO of Foundation for Louisiana. "We are thrilled to see that Andreanecia Morris will be leading this effort to implement the strategic housing plan that hundreds of residents helped to develop toward the actualization of their mission."

Ride New Orleans Coalition for Quality Transit revs up

The event marked not only the formation of a coalition of transit supporters but also the recent completion of RTA service improvements that took effect on (April 17). Foundation for Louisiana is one of the funders of the project.

Blight Organizing Toolkit

Developed by the Blight Working Group formed by Broadmoor Development Corporation, New Zion City Preservation Association (NZCPA) and Miller Urban Consulting as part of Foundation for Louisiana's 2013 TOGETHER initiative.

FFL's Flozell Daniels, Jr. to moderate 2015 Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water Showcase

FFL's Flozell Daniels, Jr. will help to kick-off New Orleans Entrepreneur Week by moderating the Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water Showcase at Water Challenge Day on Monday, March 23rd. Water Challenge 2015 is free and open to the public, including a $25,000 civic design competition, presentations from Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and agencies like the Sewerage & Water Board and the Data Center, and a $10,000 live business pitch.