City of New Orleans, Neighborhood Summit, Dec. 2, 2017

Dear All,

I hope this email finds everyone well. I am writing to personally invite you all to be part of this year’s Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Please see attached flyer for more information.

I know some of you have already registered. I am asking that you please share and extend this invitation with all of your contacts.

The theme of this year’s summit is Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future.

Attendees can choose to participate in a variety of skill building workshops and panel discussions on public safety, affordable housing, building a more resilient New Orleans as well as working strategically with government. The Summit will also feature a resource fair that includes city agencies, local non-profits and community groups. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is open at:  or call 504-658-4980. I know some of you have already registered. I am asking that you please continue to share and extend this invitation with all of your contacts.

The Summit is being held in partnership with J.P. Chase Morgan, NOLA for Life, National Wildlife Federation, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED), and Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA).


Neighborhood Summit (Saturday, December 2, 2017)

Over the past six years, Neighborhood Engagement has produced the  Neighborhood Summit, our one-day professional development conference for residents. The annual event brings neighborhood leaders and City agencies together to share information, develop new skills, and strengthen their relationships. This day-long event promotes meaningful partnership between residents and local government, partnerships that when supported have the power to weaken entrenched cynicism and disengagement, providing a different paradigm for the public working with government. The Summit also serves as the  year-end event, celebrating the work and initiatives of the Neighborhood Engagement Office and our partners.  This year’s theme Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future is centered on celebrating the impact and investment that neighborhood leaders have contributed to build a more resilient city. As we approach the City’s 300 anniversary, we want to acknowledge how far our neighborhoods have come and focus strengthening resident’s capacity to build a stronger more resilient city.

Please REGISTER TODAY if you have not done so yet.

See you all then!!!



Lisbeth L. Pedroso

Neighborhood Liaison | District C – West Bank

Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office | City of New Orleans

1300 Perdido Street | Suite 8E15 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | (o) 504-658-4933 | (c) 504-623-5697

2017 Neighborhood Summit Photo Contest

How did your neighborhood begin?  Who are your neighbors?  What makes your neighborhood unique? What makes your neighborhood/community special?  What does your neighborhood mean to New Orleans? Tell the story of your neighborhood (association) in pictures.
Getting Started:  

All associations wanting to participate in the photo contest must register for the contest here.

A link will then be emailed to you where you can submit photos.

Photo submissions must:

  • include youth and seniors
  • include a community/neighborhood activity
  • include pre/post Katrina photos
  • highlight key projects, landmarks within the neighborhood, favorite things/places (scenery, favorite neighborhood spot, church/school, etc.)
  • not be stock photos, photo-shopped, or have filters or borders

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Contest begins Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  All submissions must be uploaded and submitted by midnight Saturday, November 18, 2017.
  • Contest open to all neighborhood associations in Orleans Parish.
  • No fee to enter.
  • Must have at least 5 residents from neighborhood association register to attend Summit to be considered.
  • An association may only enter the contest once.  Multiple submissions will be disqualified.
  • Can submit up to 10 photos.
  • Photo submissions must be original as NEO will have permission to print and display photos at the Neighborhood Summit.
  • Winners will be selected by contest committee and will be announced and displayed at the 2017 Neighborhood Summit.
  • One association per council district will win.
  • Prizes: $100 gift card

Questions? Call (504) 658-4980.



GNO Fair Housing Action Center: 10th Annual Fit For A King Fair Housing Summit, January 13th

Please join the GNO Fair Housing Action Center on January 13, 2017 for our 10th annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit. This year’s theme is “Defending the Dream: The Future of Fair Housing.” As we prepare for what will very likely be a challenging four years, now is the time to come together to strategize about how we can protect the gains of our movement and continue pushing forward.

Fit for King is held each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King weekend to honor Dr. King and all of the heroes of the Chicago Freedom Movement, which laid the groundwork for the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Their vision and courage continue to inspire us, and their example can help strengthen us for the work ahead.

We are excited to announce that award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will deliver the keynote address. Ms. Hannah-Jones writes about racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, focusing particularly on policies that create and reinforce segregation in housing and schools.

Fit for a King will take place Friday, January 13th at Delgado Community College from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Summit panels and sessions will discuss the landmark adoption of a non-discriminatory criminal background policy at HANO, the historic commitments the City of New Orleans has made to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, upcoming threats at the local, state and federal level, and the tools we have to advance housing justice in these uncertain times.

Fit for a King is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated as space is limited. We hope to see you there.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) September 14, 2016

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you guys are having a fantastic day. It is my pleasure to invite you to the next event that Puentes will co-convene with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to take place on September 14th, 2016. This is the time that Puentes is participating in a event of this magnitude and we would love to have you join us at Crowne Plaza on Canal Street.

Please register to come and take advantage of the various panel discussions we will have at the event for you to make a difference in the way we help our communities prosper. Use the link here and keep in mind that this summit will address many issues our community member face, besides housing challenges. Small business opportunities for minority owned business will also be discussed, as well as education, community efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe, etc.

If you have any difficulty registering, please let me know right away to assist you.

PS: Scroll below to learn more about what will be discussed at the summit. Hope to see you all there showing your support to Puentes!

Wednesday, September 14
12:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal St at Bourbon
New Orleans, LA 70130

Special $10 rate, regular $50 (please use this link)

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is becoming a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. But while the resilient Bayou State is in the midst of economic growth, not every resident is benefitting. NCRC’s Louisiana Reinvestment Summit will bring together community-based organizations, financial institutions and public officials to collaborate on strategies to open doors to economic opportunity for all Louisianans.

Community wealth building
Environmental impacts on housing
Healthy communities
Overcoming barriers to banking services
Capital & credit for minority businesses
Foreclosure prevention
Workforce development for returning citizens
Community reinvestment
Community development partnerships
Faith based community development

Advocacy and organizing groups working on economic justice issues
Community leaders and faith-based institutions
Affordable housing and housing counseling organizations
Fair housing and civil rights organizations
Community Development Financial Institutions
Neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization groups
Academics and foundations
Social service providers and government agencies
Local small businesses and business development agencies
Bank Community Reinvestment and Community Development Officers

Foundation for Louisiana
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance
Multi – Cultural Development Center
Neighborhood Development Foundation
Northwest Louisiana CDC
Puentes New Orleans

Scarlet E. García
Housing Programs Director|Directora de Programas de Vivienda
(504) 821-7228 OFFICE
(504) 491-4520 CELL
4205 CANAL STREET, New Orleans, LA 70119
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3rd Annual Quality And Patient Safety Summit

The 3rd Annual Quality and Patient Safety Summit will be held Friday, September 9, 2016 at The Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA. The purpose of this summit is to highlight all of the Quality and Patient Safety work being done throughout the system.

Come see guest speakers Mark Chassin, MD (CEO, The Joint Commission), John Howard (Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP) and Kenny Cole, MD (CTO, Baton Rouge General Hospital).

Register online
The Ochsner Clinic Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Ochsner Clinic Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note: Refunds will not be issued after any conference has begun. For refunds to be made in advance of a conference please contact All refunds must be made 24 hrs. in advance of the specified conference in order to be able to process accordingly. Please be aware that all refunds are subject to cancellation charges which vary dependent upon the specified conference.

New Orleans Family Justice Center and the New Orleans Health Department are co-hosting a Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

Good Morning:

I thought that this would interest you. The New Orleans Family Justice Center and the New Orleans Health Department are co-hosting a Sexual Assault Prevention Summit. This event will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Sanchez Multipurpose Center in New Orleans. There is no cost for attending this event. Teachers, school administrators, community members, mentors and coaches are invited to attend.

Registration is now open (click on the link below to register). Space is limited!

Please refer to the email and flyer for additional information. Feel free to share this information with others who work with children and teens.

You may Click here to begin the registration process.
Jennifer Taylor
Community Educator
Speak Up! Teen Program Coordinator
New Orleans Family Justice Center
504-355-0831 (direct)

NOMA Teen Summit

Hola foro latino!

I wanted to reach out and let you know about an event I am working on here at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). On Saturday, February 27th we are inviting local teens to come and tell us what they want from us with regards to youth programming. I’ve attached the flyer for you and hope that you might share it with your colleagues and anyone working with young people. For those teens who don’t want to or are unable to come to the event, would you mind encouraging them to fill out our brief online survey (so that we can still capture their feedback)?  You can find the survey here. Hope to see you there!

All best,

Fari Nzinga, PhD
ACLS Fellow
Public Policy Officer
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 658-4154


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