Studies and Plans

Working on the Water 2016

e purpose of this project was to provide continued education and outreach that supported the individuals and businesses engaged in commercial fishing, coastal restoration, eco-tourism and disaster response in Southeast Louisiana.  The project built on findings of the EDA-sponsored “Fisheries Moving Forward” project which identified re-employment opportunities for fishermen disrupted by the BP Oil spill and ways they can continue to work on the water in the New Orleans region.  The initiative provided outreach and assistance in conducting several workshops during 2015 that provided hands-on assistance to commercial fishermen, and culminated in an all-day summit (WOW II) in the spring of 2016.

Infrastructure Inventory and Condition Assessment, Veterans Boulevard Corridor

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located in Kenner, is constructing a new passenger terminal on the north side of its campus that will create a new entrance/exit to the Airport.  Because the current south-facing entrance is on US 61 (Airline Highway) and the new north-facing terminal will be oriented toward Veterans Boulevard and Interstate 10, it is anticipated that the study area will experience transformational redevelopment and greatly increased density of commercial uses to support the new terminal and its new northern entrance.  This project assessed current and anticipated infrastructure needs along the Veterans Boulevard commercial corridor located immediately to the north of the Airport, including utilities, streets, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, signage, sewer and drainage

US 61/Tulane Avenue Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment

The FHWA has determined that this project will not have any significant impact on the human environment. This Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is based on the Environmental Assessment which has been independently evaluated by the FHWA and determined to adequately and accurately discuss the environmental issues and impacts of the proposed project. It provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining that an environmental impact statement is not required.

Closing the Loop on University-Industry Collaboration for Innovation in New Orleans

The Closing the Loop initiative provides a strategy for building the New Orleans Innovation Economy by reviewing the innovation capacities and functions of the area’s universities.  The initiative created an asset inventory database of university programs, resources and personnel of relevance to key industry clusters. A series of workshops and facilitated discussion were also held amongst the area’s universities about how to build on the research and entrepreneurial innovation already occurring within universities and foster innovation within various disciplines (such as coastal restoration, life sciences and advanced manufacturing) in coordination with the business community and students. This work resulted in a set of recommendations for strengthening innovation collaborations between universities and resulted in this study summarizing recommendations to enhance an innovation friendly environment in New Orleans educational institutions.

New Orleans Medical District Strategic Integration Plan, 2008
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The New Orleans Medical District Strategic Integration Plan (2008) builds upon the New Orleans Regional Biosciences Initiative (2007), by providing a physical development blueprint for the heart of the medical district – the New Orleans Regional Medical Complex (NORMC). Existing conditions and summary of past campus-planning efforts are provided with an analysis of existing and future land use, transportation and infrastructure conditions for all medical campuses. This analysis assists in providing a more seamless integration with the downtown area and adjacent communities.

New Orleans Regional Biosciences Initiative Strategic Plan, 2007

Leadership from the region’s academic institutions, government, philanthropic organizations, and the private-sector collaborated in the development of a vision for “building a globally competitive innovation economy for the New Orleans region by building on the region’s knowledge institutions.” The strategic plan focuses on two facets - regional biosciences growth and urban place redevelopment – through the simultaneous execution of four strategies: innovation, marketing, physical development, and leadership and management.

During the development of the strategic plan, stakeholders participated in a professional peer exchange with colleagues in St. Louis to learn more about the process of building the foundation for an innovation economy focused on life sciences and bio-sciences.

Issue Papers (2006): Eva Klein & Associates, Ltd.

Analysis of the Economic Impact of the Biosciences and Healthcare Sectors in the New Orleans Region, 2009

RPC commissioned the University of New Orleans, Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate to evaluate the impact of the biosciences and healthcare sectors in the regional economy in terms of jobs and associated economic benefits. The analysis provides historic data and analysis as well as a range of growth scenarios associated with the reestablishment of the Downtown Medical District through the construction of institutions such as the new VA Medical Center, the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Bioinnovation Center, and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

St. Louis Biosciences Experiences January 2007

Presentations of Panelists Presenting to the Biosciences Stakeholder Group in St. Louis


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