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SBA Offers Help to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

If you’re a homeowner, renter or business owner facing the overwhelming task of cleaning up water-logged debris and starting over again, the Small Business Administration has five steps to help you recover.

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South Louisiana Gets DoT Funding for Regional Airports

Rep. Charles Boustany, (R-LA) this week told his constituents in south Louisiana to expect a series of grants from the Department of Transportation to support local and regional airports.

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City Starts Community Building Program

The City of New Orleans uses a $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch Welcome Table New Orleans, a three-year initiative focused on race, reconciliation and community building.

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Long-Planned Development Finally Underway In Rural Louisiana

A development initiative launched in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to help Gulf Coast communities recover has finally broken ground in New Iberia, LA. The new development, dubbed Teche Ridge, will bring 600 new residences to rural southwestern Louisiana.

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Public-Private Partnership Creates Housing in New Orleans

The renovations are the first underwritten by an $18 million fund that provides construction loans for new and renovated homes for low- and moderate-income families in New Orleans.

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Federal Money Continues Funding Storm-Related Repairs in Louisiana

Despite his complaints about the size of the federal government, Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently believes Uncle Sam needs to be big enough to continue funding storm-related damage repair and revitalization efforts in Louisiana.

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Tool Lets Citizens Track Blighted Properties in New Orleans

The project serves as an extension of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's (D) strategy to reduce blight by 10,000 properties.

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HUD Speeds Transfer of CDBG, HOME Funds for Disaster Aid

HUD is talking with Louisiana and Mississippi development officials and entitlement communities about how it can speed reallocation of CDBG and HOME funds to help repair and replace housing in 69 parishes suffering damage from Hurricane Isaac. President Obama's recent disaster declaration gives pa...

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Tax Credits Vital to New Orleans Mixed-Use Development

New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) and Historic Tax Credit funds are providing most of the financing to rehabilitate two buildings into a single mixed-use development in New Orleans' Lower Garden District. Enterprise Community Development, Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corp. (RNDC) and US Bank ...

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House Boosts Funding for Appalachian Regional Commission

The House passes a FY 2013 Energy & Water Development appropriations bill increasing funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), while keeping current funding levels for  the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Denali Commission. The groups are federal-state regional partnerships ...

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