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How Muralist Brandan 'BMike' Odums Transforms His Community Through Art


On the side of a 35,000-square-foot warehouse in the Bywater district of New Orleans is a larger-than-life portrait of a young, beautiful Black girl. Smiling, with her palms facing upwards, she looks ethereal. Her curls, painted in brilliant hues of purple, are speckled with crowns and encased in a glowing white halo. Her necklace spells the word “light.”

The Analytics of Hope

Data-driven community development in New Orleans

There was a time, just a few decades ago, when the Claiborne Corridor was bustling. The string of neighborhoods that cuts across New Orleans nurtured a world-renowned jazz scene. Hundreds of black-owned businesses dotted tree-lined avenues, selling everything from insurance to gumbo. In its mid-20th century heyday, the area was nothing short of the cultural and commercial epicenter of the city’s African-American community.

Using Data-Driven Insights to Help Revive a Historic New Orleans Neighborhood

Mastercard data-driven insights reflect consumer spending and store openings up sharply, proving that neglected neighborhoods warrant investment

Mayor Cantrell Welcomed the Johnson & Johnson Global Pro Bono Team to New Orleans

Johnson & Johnson, in Partnership With Pyxera Global, Launches Its Third Global Pro Bono Year With the New Orleans Mayor Engaged
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April 30, 2019 /3BL Media/ — The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, welcomed the Johnson & Johnson Global Pro Bono team to New Orleans for the program’s official kickoff event at City Hall on April 29. Johnson & Johnson has designed its Global Pro Bono program in collaboration with PYXERA Global to tackle healthcare and community issues by harnessing the power of its most powerful resource—its people. The mayor’s attendance shows that the city believes cross-sector partnerships are needed to improve the lives of the citizens of New Orleans.

Republic Services Joins New Orleans in Celebrating World Environment Day

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New Orleans was selected as the host city for World Environment Day. Community leaders and businesses, including Republic Services, came together for an educational summit followed by a traditional New Orleans Second Line Parade where groups then picked up recycling and garbage from the neighborhoods. Many members of Republic’s New Orleans team joined in the efforts!

Read more in the New Orleans Advocate

Cleaning the Built Environment After the Big Celebration

by Daniel Rosen

The city of Philadelphia’s football team won the big game for the first time ever and its long-suffering fan base celebrated the victory in kind. In February, the city held a massive parade for its football team, a turnout that some estimated teetered over 700,000 people (a spokesman for the City of Philadelphia did not have an official tally). With this great turnout came its inevitable byproduct: trash. Lots of trash.

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling Effort Targets Parade Trash

By Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers — and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins.

This year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change things with a pilot recycling project to collect cans, plastic bottles and that ubiquitous Mardi Gras accessory dangling from fences, trees and balconies: beads.

Continue reading on The Statesman

Cisco VIDEO | Empowering New Orleans’ Youth with Digital Skills

by Charu Adesnik, Deputy Director, Cisco Foundation

As Deputy Director of the Cisco Foundation, I am fortunate to be at the center of investing our technology, expertise, and cash grants to empower global problem solvers that make a positive impact on our world. Last year alone, our investments in innovative digital solutions positively impacted 154 million people in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world. We are committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025 and have reached 232 million people to date.  

Morgan Stanley Employees Build New Playground in New Orleans as Part of Healthy Cities Program

Healthy Cities initiative connects wellness, nutrition and play resources to give children a healthy start to life
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NEW ORLEANS, June 2, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced that over 200 Morgan Stanley and community volunteers will build a playground at Dunbar Elementary as part of the Morgan Stanley’s Healthy Cities initiative. Joining forces with Choice Foundation and KaBOOM!, volunteers will give area kids the play space they deserve. Having access to safe play spaces is at the heart of the Healthy Cities New Orleans program, which delivers integrated nutrition, health and play programming to local children and their families.

What Drives Urban Resilience? Two Cities That Bounced Back

by Richard Barkham, Global Chief Economist, and Matthew Walaszek, Senior Research Analyst, at CBRE

Every so often, cities face major shocks. These can be economic shocks, such as the decline of key markets; natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina; or political shocks, such as corruption or gross mismanagement. Larger cities can often deal with these events using their own ample manpower and by leveraging their relationships with national governments. Smaller cities have a greater need for outside resource, but often have to fall back on their own resources and creativity to survive.


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