Letter from the 2017 Chairman

East New Orleans is a jewel and has so much potential for growth and development.  The East New Orleans Business Development District is committed to fostering economic developments through advocacy and promoting assets in the East New Orleans.  As a community, we will continue to work hard to restore this gem that we all love and adore…East New Orleans.  Despite challenges we have faced in the past, we will collaborate to create an actively productive community for our children.

 As the Chairman for the East New Orleans Business Development District, I am vested and will continue to work with our elected officials and community leaders to create strong economic developments and improvements.  I encourage you to be hopeful and to work with the East New Orleans Business Development District to bring positive and meaningful projects to the East.

I have been a lifelong resident of East New Orleans, and I remembered how the East used to be “the place to go.”  We can have those happy days again by working together as a team in supporting strong economic developments.  We have rebuilt our homes from the worst hurricane ever in history.  We are builders, and we can rebuild our community to support the quality of life that we deserve.  In the next few months, the East New Orleans Business Development District will host series of community outreach events that will engage community members to develop the East Economic Development Plan. I hope that you will attend to provide your feedback and to help us create a strong community economic development plan that can be used by elected officials and community leaders to bring back the East.  

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Sean Bruno

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About East NOLA BDD

The East New Orleans Business Development District (East NOLA BDD) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 established to foster, coordinate and catalyze initiatives that improve the business climate and quality of life in East NOLA through business development, infrastructure improvements, and image enhancement, in order to grow good jobs, investments and tax revenues in the City of New Orleans. The 13 member Board of East NOLA BDD is comprised of a cross section of credible and respected business and civic leaders with a track record of garnering the support, partnerships and resources to implement a targeted economic revitalization strategy.

Catalyze the growth of retail and commercial developments along existing corridors integrated into unique, interesting and pedestrian-oriented centers of neighborhood and destination- based retail, office, residential and entertainment uses.

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Improve the attractiveness and marketability of major commercial corridors through the elimination of commercial blight, infrastructure improvements, increased code enforcement and public safety measures.

Improve business competitiveness and opportunities in East New Orleans through business education, training and marketing initiatives. Launch a communications campaign that educates key stakeholder groups on the economic assets, successful business investments and market opportunities in East New Orleans (monthly E-News, website, Facebook, Twitter). East NOLA BDD hosts special events (e.g. food festivals, mural art competition, business briefings) that build awareness of the positive developments and market potential of East New Orleans.

Executive Commitee & Board Members

Sean M. Bruno,
Chairman 2017, Sean M. Bruno CPA & Cyndi Nguyen, Vice-Chairperson, VIET

Larry Johnson
, Secretary, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church & J.C. Celestin, Treasurer, Whitney Bank

Anthony Bridges,
Board Member, Fidelity Bank & Brian Egana, Board Member, Circular Consulting

Dwight Barnes,
Board Member, Crescent Crown Distributing & Henry L. Coaxum
Board Member, Coaxum Enterprises, Inc.

Lynette White-Colin, Board Member, New Orleans Business Alliance & Marc Leunissen, Board Member, Cox Media (Ret.)

Mtumishi St. Julien, Board Member, The Finance Authority of N.O. (Ret.) & Troy Henry, Board Member, Henry Consulting, LLC

Wade Verges, Board Member, Wade T. Verges Construction Co. & Kelly Derbigny Warren, Executive Administrative Assistant

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