The DDD is Your Partner from the ground up. The professional staff of the Downtown Development District offers project facilitation, expertise, contacts and an access point for the array of economic development tools, incentives and programs available.

Downtown is Growing

Downtown is experiencing continued growth, and real estate development opportunities still exist to take advantage of the rich architectural fabric of the economic center of New Orleans. The DDD currently boasts 6,300 apartments and condos, 115 hotels, and 22,399 hotel rooms. Read more about active developments in our quarterly Market Reports.

Business & Industries

New Orleans, with a unique opportunity to restructure its economy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, embraced the cutting-edge industries that rely on highly-committed, enthusiastic thinkers who are ready to move past brick and mortar. These industries, Digital Media, Arts-based businesses, and the Biosciences, are at the frontier of the new American economy, and companies in this industry are uniquely equipped to serve their customers from anywhere in the world using digital communication. This versatile new economy is perfect for a versatile “new” New Orleans.

Downtown Office Space & Opportunities

Downtown New Orleans offers an affordable Class-A office market totaling 9.2 million square feet. Office buildings are primarily clustered along the Poydras Street corridor, but towers can also be found on Canal Street, Saint Charles Avenue, and Loyola Avenue.

Retail Development

Since 2007, the Downtown Development District has managed a robust retail attraction and development effort. Within its retail program, the DDD will assist local, regional, and national retailers with site selection, permitting, HDLC regulations, connections with local brokers, real estate managers and property owners, and construction firms and architects. The retail effort also actively researches and pitches Downtown New Orleans to the industry, with staff attending ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) events each year. The organization is at the forefront of property trends in Downtown, is keenly focused on the Canal Street historic core and manages the Canal Street Merchants Association.