Unified New Orleans Plan Community Congresses

Sponsor:
The Rockefeller Foundation, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Topics:
Disaster Recovery
Location:
New Orleans, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Houston
Date:
December 2006, January 2007
Participants:
4,000

A City Reunites, Rebuilds and Regains Hope

The Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) process, which included dozens of public meetings at the neighborhood and city-wide levels, was established by Mayor C. Ray Nagin, the New Orleans City Council and the New Orleans City Planning Commission to prioritize rebuilding projects. Two of the three Community Congresses were facilitated and managed by AmericaSpeaks and reached out to thousands of citizen’s displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The Community Congresses engaged 4,000 citizens across the country in developing collective recovery priorities for New Orleans.  Interactive TV and satellite was used to link thousands of participants attending events in New Orleans, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Houston, and in community forums in more than 16 cities nationwide. Citizens discussed how to ensure safety from future flooding, empower residents to rebuild safe and stable neighborhoods, provide incentives and housing so people could return, and establish sustainable, equitable public services.  At the end of the deliberations, 92% of participants agreed that the Unified Plan should go forward.

In June 2007, the New Orleans City Council and Louisiana Recovery Authority approved the Unified New Orleans Plan. The $14.5 billion plan anticipates spending about $4 billion in the first two years on infrastructure, utility repairs, schools and flood protection. The first steps in implementing the plan will use $216 million in mostly federal funds, announced in October 2007.

  • December, 2006 Community Congress II (2,500 citizens)
  • January, 2007 Community Congress III (1,500 citizens)
Impact

In June 2007, the New Orleans City Council and Louisiana Recovery Authority approved the Unified New Orleans Plan. The first steps in implementing the plan will use $216 million in mostly federal funds, announced in October 2007.