What's Up Downtown
11 November 2016 Issue

The New Orleans Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America hosted the 2016 Fleurish Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Among several honors, Spears Group took home the coveted Silver Anvil, the industry's highest honor, which recognizes the best integrated public relations campaigns. Spears Group received the Silver Anvil for its work with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National Urban League on the RISE: Katrina 10 Commemorative Conference, a three-day conference in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina.


Join the BioInnovation Center at the Joy Theater on Wednesday November 16  for two special events:
Louisiana University Technology Showcase
9:00 - 11:00am
Learn about advanced new technologies in healthcare, advanced materials, and
other industries developed at universities around the state.
5th Annual BioChallenge Startup Competition
11:00am - 1:00pm
Four life science startups from New Orleans and Shreveport will pitch for over $50,000 in prizes.
Click here for details and to rsvp.

NOLA PAY IT FORWARD Fund Raises Additional $82,000 for Louisiana Flood Relief

Thursday, Mayor Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, will donate $82,000 in grants through the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund to community organizations that are helping those affected by the major flooding that occurred in Louisiana in August 2016. Previously, Mayor Landrieu announced two rounds of grants totaling in $170,000 to more than 15 community organizations providing immediate response and relief support. In August, Mayor Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund for New Orleanians to contribute to early recovery efforts following major flooding that started in early August 2016 across 22 parishes. Click here to donate.


The New Orleans Business Alliance has launched the #WhyNOLA! Campaign. It's a new series on why New Orleans is a great place to build a business or a career. The campaign will promote how New Orleans offers the ideal intersection of commerce and culture. The new initiative is aligned with ProsperityNOLA, the city's five-year strategic plan for facilitating job growth and spurring economic development, which was launched in 2013.  Click here for more information or to share your story.



December 8 & 9

The Greater New Orleans Foundation and City of New Orleans in partnership with the Surdna Foundation present the Urban Water Series: Technical Master Classes, a series of lectures and workshops which aim to deepen the technical knowledge of private and public sector professionals and improve their ability to design, install, and maintain green infrastructure. The first free public lecture will be held on December 8th, 5:30-7pm when Danish architect Flemming Rafn Thomsen, co-founding partner of the trailblazing design firm THIRD NATURE (Tredje Natur), will discuss ways that humans and nature can thrive together-rather than apart-in hybrid urban/natural environments he calls "Third Nature."  Click here for information on the series.


Tuesday, November 29

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation with partners Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Louisiana Department of Economic Development invite you to sharpen your business skills through the first Creating Profits with Passion Boot Camp! Develop Strategies and learn best practices for building a successful Cultural Business. This 12-hour (four 3 hour sessions) boot camp is specifically designed for small businesses in the Creative Industries.
All businesses MUST be SEBD certified to participate. Visit ledsmallbiz.com for details. 


Be sure not to miss this year's Downtown holiday extravaganza!!


 Art Downtown


Christian Marclay's The Clock
Now - December 4

24 hours. 8,000 film clips. 3 years to make. From now - Dec. 4 at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Prospect New Orleans will host the Southern premiere of Christian Marclay's groundbreaking 24-hour video masterpiece, The Clock. The Clock samples thousands of film excerpts from the history of cinema that indicate the passage of time that edited together unfold on the screen in real time as a 24-hour montage. The event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule and live updates on visiting The Clock, visit ProspectNewOrleans.org.
900 Camp Street
Click here  for a listing of exhibits.

LeMieux Galleries

Bombay Sapphire¬© Artisan Series New Orleans
Now - November 15

332 Julia St.
Click here for a listing of exhibits.

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Artist - Peter Sarkisian
Title of show - Recent Video Works
Description - Video projection installations
Now -  Dec. 31
Artist ::: Carmon Colangelo
Title of show - Here Be Dragons
Description - New monotype relief prints
Now -  Dec. 31

400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

City of New Orleans Recreation and Leisure Survey

The City of New Orleans needs to hear from you!
New Orleans offers many recreation and leisure activities throughout the city. Let them know which activities you already enjoy, what else should be offered, and the best days and times for you and your family to participate in free or affordable recreation and leisure activities.  
All responses are completely anonymous and will help expand and optimize recreational programming, improve facilities and engage residents.

Click here to complete the survey.

ONA New Orleans: Lightning Talks

November 17, 6:30 - 8pm, ByWater Institute
ONA Local is coming to New Orleans, and want to celebrate by spotlighting the best digital storytelling innovations going on in the city right now with a Lightning Talks session. Come tell us about a data journalism project you've been working on, a new app or tool you're developing to get information into the hands of residence, how your team rocked election coverage, or how you've been experimenting with a new platform. Tell us about a time you failed and what you learned from it. Tell us about how you're engaging your audience in new ways. We want to hear it all - in 5 minutes or less.


Picayune Pl.

Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours while crews perform exploratory excavation work. Due to underground utility conflicts, the Sewerage and Water Board must redesign placement of the new waterline prior to installation. Once exploratory excavation work is completed, the street will be temporarily asphalted and open to vehicular traffic until waterline replacement work begins.
Waterline replacement work is expected to be complete sometime this summer. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.

For more information about these projects, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at  kksawyer@nola.gov or 504-658-8483.


View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.



Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


Don't miss this opportunity to let us help promote you!


And be sure to follow us on Twitter @DDDNewOrleans & Instagram @DDDNewOrleans and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/DowntownNola


Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.


Glass Recycling Included 

Citizens in Downtown New Orleans can call 311 to request delivery of the blue recycling bins if their property is eligible for collection by the City.
Residents and small businesses can recycle paper, small metals, cardboard and plastics (#1-#7) on Tuesday of each week. Glass will be collected on Thursday.
Collection of recyclable materials operated by Empire Services. For more information visit www.nola.gov


The RTA Board of Commissioners has increased bus service by over 11 percent to support more job access and make weekend and late evening travel more convenient. Click here for the new schedule.
These changes include 5am start times and 24 hour service on many routes used by commuters to access Downtown employment centers, education facilities, and medical care.
These service enhancements are designed to restore weekend service in many areas, improve neighborhood access, provide connectivity to major transit lines, and increase frequency on many lines. Additionally, an express line has been added to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to provide access to jobs at the airport and at the new terminal construction site.