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Paved front yards are illegal, Urban Conservancy representative tells Gentilly residents

Jul 9, 2014

The UC has been visiting neighborhood organizations around town to get the word out on the problems related to excessive yard paving in New Orleans and our work to curb the troubling practice. The Times-Picayune reports on our presentation at a neighborhood meeting in Gentilly.

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Urban Conservancy is Out to Lunch

Jun 24, 2013

How can New Orleans achieve sustained economic growth and stronger infrastructure and institutions? The Urban Conservancy suggests we turn more of our investment dollars away from Wall Street and towards home on today’s Out to Lunch business show with Peter Ricchiuti.
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Urban Conservancy on All Things Local

Jul 27, 2013

Can New Orleans diversify its economy? Yes! Guests include Mark Moseley of the Lens, Mark Strella and Dana Eness of Stay Local!, and call-ins from representatives from Equity Endeavor. The show is jam-packed with great information about ProsperityNOLA and local investment opportunities. Tune in to the podcast of WGSO 990AM’s All Things Local show hosted by Kevin Fitzwilliam that aired on July 27.

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IBERIABANK and FHLB Dallas Award $10K Grant to Assist a Nonprofit that Promotes New Orleans Business Development

With the help of $10,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds, The Urban Conservancy will bolster its workshop series for local businesses, lenders, and community banks. The workshops teach innovative ways to reinforce the local economy through investing in local businesses.

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IBERIABANK and FHLB Dallas Award $10K Grant to Assist a Nonprofit that Promotes New Orleans Business Development

The Urban Conservancy will use the grant funds toward a workshop it conducts for local businesses, lenders, and community banks to teach creative, innovative ways to reinforce the local economy through investing in local businesses.

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Local, National Retailers Show Commitment to Lafitte Greenway

Sep 19, 2012

“The Lafitte Corridor and Greenway promises to be an economic driver as well as a recreational amenity for New Orleans,” says Dana Eness, Urban Conservancy director.

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Locally Grown Businesses Are a Strength

Misguided commercial real estate brokers who advise the city to “keep any potential opposition” to national retailers “in check by remembering that protests often come from a vocal minority” need to know that the residents of New Orleans are not opposed to retail options.

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The Urban Conservancy Releases Plaquemines Parish Local Business Study: My Heart is Tied Up in This Place

Apr 20, 2012

Joined by citizens, researchers, and Plaquemines Parish officials, The Urban Conservancy released its study, “My Heart is Tied Up in this Place: Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Plaquemines Parish’s Local Businesses,” at Seedco Financial’s office space in Belle Chasse.

A proponent for the importance of vibrant local business communities, The Urban Conservancy’s report addresses the lasting impacts of the spill on parish businesses, even two years later.

Published by The Lens on April 20, 2012.

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Giving is Receiving: From the West Coast to The Gulf Coast, Looking Local Gives More Back

Nov 25, 2011

There’s turkey and yams, pumpkins and pies, dressings and gravies. And then there’s Black Friday, Super Sunday, and Cyber Monday. Thankfully, chain stores, big boxes, and internet retailers have left one little gap in the holiday hubbub and local businesses have taken the initiative to to claim it as their own. Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to shift their focus to local stores and shops, augmenting the stimulation of the local economy. As multiple studies report, including one by The Urban Conservancy, significantly higher revenues are reciprocated throughout local communities when consumers shop, buy, and stay local.

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Live Local. Love Local. Stay Local!

Nov 25, 2011

This year, the impact of small, locally owned and operated businesses reaches far and wide. Reflecting both an international and community-oriented awareness, New Orleans businesses like Baba Blankets and Gifts and the Community Book Center in Treme get some deserved recognition for their wide-ranging benefits and a lot of support from StayLocal! and The Urban Conservancy, who urges us to live local, love local, and StayLocal! during the holiday season. See the full story as reported by WGNO, and kindly re-gifted by Mideast and North Africa Financial News and Bayou Buzz.

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Forum Outlines Opportunities for Public Input in Louisiana Coastal Restoration

Jun 16, 2011

The Delta Discussion Group and The Urban Conservancy will host “Getting it Done Together: The Public’s Role in Shaping Our Coast’s Future” on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA. This panel of experts will detail the opportunities for public input in long-term state and federal processes critical to the future of coastal Louisiana.

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NOLA’s Urban Conservancy Acts as Conduit to BP Oil Spill-Affected

With Oilspilldonation.org, Urban Conservancy was able to “create something that would allow people to follow their heart and donate - whether that meant to coastal, marine, or other sources. This would [facilitate donors to] cut through [red tape].”

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Commentary: Local Business Growth Attracts Outside Interest

Oct 5, 2009

To attract new capital to New Orleans, we tend to market the city’s assets - its distinctive character, its beautiful architecture, its port facilities. Meanwhile, the underlying deficiencies that keep investors away - crime, poverty, low literacy - continue unabated.

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Study Touts Impact of Local Merchants

Sep 22, 2009

Every $100 spent at a locally owned business on Magazine Street recirculates an average of $32 through the local economy, according to a study released Tuesday. The same amount of money spent at a national chain recirculates an average of $16 back into the local economy.

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Give Local Retailers a Level Playing Field

Oct 2, 2009

Letter to the editor by Dana Eness and David Guidry:

Consumers are drawn to the convenience and savings that tax-free online shopping provides, but don’t realize that they pay for it in significant ways.

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Video Interview by Scout Prime

Mar 30, 2006

Scout Prime came to New Orleans to see first-hand how the city is doing. During her visit, she interviewed Geoff Coats.

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Grant Awarded for New Orleans Project

Mar 7, 2006

The Urban Conservancy and planners from the University of Missouri-Kansas City have been awarded a grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Monday HUD awarded a $274,000 grant to support efforts to study and plan for the recovery of a series of New Orleans neighborhoods.

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Many big visions for new Big Easy

Oct 12, 2005

Interviewed for The Christian Science Monitor, The Urban Conservancy argues for an inclusive and community-based approach to difficult land-use issues in the rebuilding after hurricane Katrina.

“It may turn out that there are areas where it was a bad idea to build in the first place, and there are going to be hard, painful decisions, but we as a community need to make those decisions together,” says Geoff Coats, cofounder of the Urban Conservancy, which works to protect New Orleans buildings and communities. “It’s very important that it not be some commission of 12 wise men.

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A Battle to Rebuild Looms in New Orleans

Oct 2, 2005

The Urban Conservancy’s Geoff Coats is interviewed for a Boston Globe story about the rebuilding of New Orleans.

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UC Articles and Publications

Nonprofit Honors 2012 Urban Heroes for Making Their Mark on New Orleans

Oct 12, 2012

The Urban Conservancy will honor the residents of Broadmoor and Massey’s Professional Outfitters in Mid-City as their 2012 Urban Heroes at its annual You Are Here fundraiser on Saturday, October 20. The event celebrates the unique aspects of New Orleans’ urban fabric—its local culture and economy, its low-impact transit options, and its distinct historic buildings and walkable neighborhoods— while showcasing individuals and organizations that share The Urban Conservancy’s commitment to fostering these assets.

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Local, National Retailers Show Commitment to Lafitte Greenway

Sep 19, 2012

“The Lafitte Corridor and Greenway promises to be an economic driver as well as a recreational amenity for New Orleans,” says Dana Eness, Urban Conservancy director.

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Locally Grown Businesses Are a Strength

Misguided commercial real estate brokers who advise the city to “keep any potential opposition” to national retailers “in check by remembering that protests often come from a vocal minority” need to know that the residents of New Orleans are not opposed to retail options.

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Plaquemines Parish Businesses Dealing with Spill Impact Two Years Later, New Study Shows

Apr 19, 2012

Local business owners join The Urban Conservancy to release new data demonstrating that local-serving businesses in Plaquemines Parish continue to suffer from the adverse effects of the April 2010 oil spill and from the claims and contracting processes that followed it. This event is held in conjunction with the Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center.

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Forum Outlines Opportunities for Public Input in Louisiana Coastal Restoration

Jun 16, 2011

The Delta Discussion Group and The Urban Conservancy will host “Getting it Done Together: The Public’s Role in Shaping Our Coast’s Future” on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA. This panel of experts will detail the opportunities for public input in long-term state and federal processes critical to the future of coastal Louisiana.

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Local Businesses, Councilmember Recognized for Going “Above and Beyond”

Oct 15, 2010

“These awards honor businesses and individuals who persevere in the face of adversity and are critical social and economic anchors within their communities and their industries,” said Dana Eness, executive director of The Urban Conservancy.

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New Web Portal Connects Donors to Local Gulf Groups

Jul 14, 2010

“The nature of the BP Gulf disaster—a man-made, corporate disaster aided and abetted by lack of regulatory oversight—makes fundraising a challenge,” says Eness. “People want to hold BP’s feet to the fire and demand it pay for remediation. But donors need to understand that there are limits to what BP will pay for. The work of independent nonprofits is critical to safeguarding the quality of life along the Gulf Coast and ensuring BP and government are held accountable.”

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Commentary: Local Business Growth Attracts Outside Interest

Oct 5, 2009

To attract new capital to New Orleans, we tend to market the city’s assets - its distinctive character, its beautiful architecture, its port facilities. Meanwhile, the underlying deficiencies that keep investors away - crime, poverty, low literacy - continue unabated.

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Give Local Retailers a Level Playing Field

Oct 2, 2009

Letter to the editor by Dana Eness and David Guidry:

Consumers are drawn to the convenience and savings that tax-free online shopping provides, but don’t realize that they pay for it in significant ways.

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Expanding the Frames: A Response to “Framing the Urban”

Aug 17, 2004

City and Community is an academic journal dedicated to publishing research and theory that explore the social aspects of the metropolis. In August 2004, City and Community published three articles exploring the controversial redevelopment of the St. Thomas housing development in New Orleans.

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Wal-Mart: The Nature of the Problem

Jan 31, 2002

Written for The Rogue, Wal-Mart: The Nature of the Problem explores the choice facing New Orleans as the community debates the introduction of a Super Wal-Mart into the urban core of the city. The focus is on the long-term economic impact of the development. Read it here

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