Forward New Orleans Coalition Releases Final Municipal Progress Report

Forward New Orleans Coalition Report

Forward New Orleans (FNO) is a broad coalition of 25 civic, neighborhood, and business organizations. The group is tasked with creating an issues-based platform designed to educate voters and engage candidates for mayor and city council in seeking to identify and implement best practices that will improve opportunities and the quality of life for the people of New Orleans.

The coalition secured dozens of pledges from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans City Council members more than three years ago around a long list of important goals for the city’s civic life. This week, it issued a scorecard showing that city officials have lived up to more than half of their promises and are making progress on most of the rest. Of the 102 objectives listed for the candidates in 2014, the winners have fully met or are deemed highly likely to meet 54. Another 44 are in the works, while four were listed as unfulfilled.

The final report measures performance and progress in 11 different categories, including criminal justice and law enforcement, city finance, blight removal, economic development, and infrastructure. It highlights successes, such as NOPD’s use of advanced technology to help increase public safety and officer efficiency, teamwork between the Department of Public Works and Sewerage and Water Board to track a $2.4 billion infrastructure improvement plan through the interactive website, and renewed focus on economic opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. But the coalition is also clear in its call for additional progress toward curbing violent crime, coordinating criminal justice agency resources, and implementing civil service reforms.

Click here to view an interview with FNO representatives on WWL-TV.

“Clearly, overall progress has been made, and a solid foundation has been laid on many fronts,” said Gregory Rusovich, Past Chair of the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region and a Forward New Orleans coalition representative. “This progress is the result of a resilient and tenacious citizenry partnering with committed and dedicated political leadership.”

The report issued this week marks the group’s final scorecard for the current political cycle, as New Orleanians will be choosing a new mayor and council in October. Forward New Orleans will create a new agenda for the next four years. Stirling Properties’ President & CEO, Marty Mayer, will be participating on the task force to compile the new plan.

Forward New Orleans coalition members include Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, Broadmoor Civic Association, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Louisiana, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, GNO, Inc. and the Young Leadership Council, among others. 

Read the full report HERE.

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About Marty Mayer

Marty Mayer has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Properties since 2002. Stirling Properties is one of the most diversified full-service commercial real estate companies in the country, utilizing a team of trusted experts in brokerage, development and redevelopment, acquisitions and investments, and property and asset management over a wide array of property types to deliver long-term value to our clients across the Gulf South region. Mr. Mayer currently serves on the Worldwide Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is a member of its Executive Committee as the Vice President of the Southern Division. He is also on the ICSC Government Relations Advisory Committee and the ICSC Open Air Center Committee on which he served as Co-Chairman from 2008 to 2010. He has previously served as the ICSC Louisiana State Director and the Louisiana State Operations Director. Mr. Mayer is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and served as Chairman of its Small Scale Development - Silver Council from 2007 to 2009. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the ULI Louisiana District Council. Mr. Mayer is a former Chairman of Greater New Orleans, Inc., (GNO, Inc.), the economic development alliance serving the 10 parishes of Greater New Orleans. He currently chairs its Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy and the Super Region Committee. In 2015, Mr. Mayer was elected to the Board of Directors of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors for the Bureau of Governmental Research, an independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy-making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area. He is also a member of the IV 100—a group of individuals, foundations and corporations helping to drive The Idea Village’s efforts to create a self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans by 2018. Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, is a former Commissioner on the St. Tammany Economic Development District and served as Chair on the St. Tammany Economic Development Task Force for Parish President Pat Brister. In 2013, Mr. Mayer was honored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans as one of the Top 25 Role Models of the Year. He is also a member of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Rathbone Society. Mr. Mayer received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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One Comment on “Forward New Orleans Coalition Releases Final Municipal Progress Report”

  1. bob manard Says:

    What about the failure of the City to pay its judgments against it? There are citizens who were crippled by the City’s negligence that the City promised and agreed to pay 15 year ago that are still waiting. Until the City does that it will remain a deadbeat.


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