“New Orleans East Matters,” is a community grassroots leadership organization of residents, homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, and other community organizations formed under the Nola East Economic Development Focus Group, to assist in the rebuilding and restoration of New Orleans East, to provide input to city, and state officials, business alliances, and other economic development organizations regarding business attraction, development and retention in New Orleans East.
New Orleans East Matters because we represent the largest and fastest growing community in the city of New Orleans, with a population of more than 88,000 residents, inclusive of the largest percentage of homeownership, 60% of the land mass, 45% of the tax base, rich in natural resources, and boasts of an internationally acclaimed business industrial corridor, home to NASA, Folgers Coffee, National Finance Center, and others. Our mission is to reclaim the vitality of the economic development sustainable community, that New Orleans East once was, and even better, by attracting new commerce, particularly in the categories of retail, dining and entertainment, by supporting existing and prospective businesses, assisting small business growth and retention. We are proud to stand together with our community as advocates focused on sustainable economic development, that is job creating, revenue generating development.
New Orleans East Matters is a movement that highlights the strengths of the fabric of our community, particularly advocating for the return of a new plaza, with retail, dining and entertainment, Six Flags, and Lincoln Beach. While the impact of Hurricane Katrina is still evident nearly 18 years later, so too is our strength and resilience. Our coalition has established partnerships with Friends of Joe W. Brown Park, New Orleans Business Alliance(NOLABA), Greater New Orleans East Business Alliance(GNOEBA), PJ’s Coffee, Neighborhood Associations, Hands On New Orleans, Universal Printing, New Orleans East Hospital LCMC Health, New Orleans East Library, and others, working together to restore the economic vitality that our East community so richly deserves.