Special Projects

Algiers Educational Summit

AEDF hosted the 1st Algiers Educational Summit in 2010. The summit allowed education leaders, elected officials and the community to discuss the facilities master plan for Algiers schools, academic improvement and school selection for parents.

Algiers Strategic Alliance

AEDF is working in partnership with the Westbank Redevelopment Corporation, Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council and Old Algiers Main Street on a community strategy and engagement process directed at strengthening the economy and quality of life in Algiers.

Collectively, the alliance and community will craft an action plan for achieving targeted goals that will impact the economic health of Algiers based on a shared vision for the community’s future.

NFL/LISC Grassroots Program

The NFL/LISC Grassroots Program granted AEDF $200,000 to renovate the football and soccer field at Behrman Stadium. AEDF is working closely with the NFL, New Orleans Saints, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the City of New Orleans, NORD and the New Orleans City Council to coordinate the project, which is the result of a strong partnership between AEDF, New Orleans City Councilmember Kristin G. Palmer—District C and New Orleans City Council President Jacquelyn Clarkson.

P-Tech at L.B. Landry

Workforce Development is one of AEDF’s core programming initiatives.  On a regular basis, AEDF serves as a conduit between the business community and education or training initiatives. In 2011, AEDF partnered with L.B. Landry High School, the Louisiana Department of Education Nunez Community College, Nunez’s Industrial Technology Advisory Committee, ConocoPhillips and the Orleans Scholarship Foundation to bring and sustain New Orleans’ first Process Technology dual enrollment initiative at L.B. Landry.

Project Grad

Hosted an education focused business mixer to bring exposure and business connections to Project GRAD New Orleans—nonprofit education agency that currently serves 4,000 public school students in New Orleans and offers scholarships to participating high school seniors.

Westbank Coalition of Business & Civic Organizations

AEDF’s leadership mobilized regional business and civic organizations and formed the Coalition of Business and Civic Organizations for the west bank. As a result, coalition members, in 2011, successfully lobbied the Louisiana legislature to pass SCR 47, which authorizes the creation of a task force to explore CCCD operations. The task force will present its findings in 2012.