June 13, 2023

NEW ORLEANS – Thrive New Orleans joined New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) and Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways and AdvancingCities grant partners to announce a training and job placement opportunity for the city’s green infrastructure industry at a press conference on Tuesday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at the Parks and Parkways office.
The announcement was part of the AdvancingCities initiative, a $5 million grant program funded by JPMorgan Chase to strengthen the city’s economic and climate resilience. As one of seven selected cities, New Orleans is making a historic investment into blue-green infrastructure, providing pathways to new career opportunities for residents and contract opportunities for local small businesses.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell
NOLABA Interim President & CEO, Louis David
City of New Orleans Director of Economic Development, Jeffrey Schwartz
JPMorgan Chase Managing Director, Greg Rattler
City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways Director, Michael Karam
Delgado Community College Director of Workforce Development, Arlanda Williams, Ph.D. 
Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Director, Sunae Villavaso
Thrive New Orleans Executive Director, Chuck Morse

WHAT: Press conference announcing employment opportunity in green infrastructure industry.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, at 11 a.m.


About Thrive New Orleans
Thrive New Orleans is the City of New Orleans’ National Disaster Resilience Operator and the City’s convener for green workforce development. Thrive is a non-profit organization committed to racial equity by advancing new systems for economic opportunity, climate resiliency, and community stability. Thrive focuses on three areas of impact: developing a skilled green workforce, building the capacity of small businesses in green interventions, and engaging vulnerable youth and families. Thrive envisions an equitable New Orleans with living-wage jobs, critical infrastructure for climate change, and flourishing neighborhoods. Learn more at: www.thrivenola.org.
About New Orleans Business Alliance
One of fewer than 80 Accredited Economic Development Organizations worldwide, the New Orleans Business Alliance is the official public-private partnership created to increase economic gains for the city of New Orleans. Through a direct partnership with the City of New Orleans and strong connectivity with the business community, the New Orleans Business Alliance works to ensure the economic security of all New Orleanians by diversifying the local economy, developing local talent, and expanding entrepreneurial opportunity. Through an inclusive economic development strategy, we will create a more equitable and prosperous future for all. Learn more at www.nolaba.org.