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DDD Announces Enhanced Security and Code Enforcement Initiatives

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The New Orleans Downtown Development District Announces Enhanced Security and Code Enforcement Initiatives

NEW ORLEANS (August 30, 2022) – Honoring its commitment to enhancing security and addressing blight in Downtown New Orleans, the New Orleans Downtown Development District (DDD) has announced two new initiatives to bolster its current advocacy efforts.

Vets Securing America Awarded Private Security Contract Valued at Approximately 1 Million Dollars

After a competitive Request for Proposal process, the DDD has awarded nationwide security firm Vets Securing America a contract for private security services valued at approximately 1 million dollars.

Beginning in October 2022, the one-year contract will fund two shifts of two armed security officers, 365 days per year, to patrol Downtown New Orleans. The veteran-focused firm will augment Pinnacle Security’s existing private security patrols.

Citizens are advised to continue to call 911 for any emergency services and (504) 415-1730 for non-emergency services within Downtown New Orleans.

DDD Signs Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans to Fund Dedicated Code Enforcement Staff

The DDD is proud to announce the signing of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans to fund the salaries of a Code Enforcement Inspector and Title Researcher dedicated to enforcing building codes exclusively for buildings in Downtown New Orleans.

Both employees will be managed by the City’s Department of Code Enforcement, and recruitment will begin immediately after the approval of the Agreement by the New Orleans City Council.

Said DDD President Davon Barbour, “The DDD takes our responsibility to serve as advocates for the interests of our Downtown stakeholders very seriously. We have heard the concerns of Downtown property owners, business owners, residents, and visitors; that crime and blight are among their top concerns, which is why we have undertaken these initiatives and believe they will have an immediate impact on improving the vibrancy of Downtown New Orleans’ and its stature as the economic hub for the great City of New Orleans and the great State of Louisiana.”

 

About the New Orleans Downtown Development District

Created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 (LA Rev Stat § 33:2740.3) as the nation’s first assessment-based Business Improvement District, The Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans (DDD) provides enhanced economic development, cleaning, and safety services to Downtown New Orleans. It accomplishes its mission through various initiatives such as employing dedicated City Planners to assist Downtown property and business owners, administering multiple grant programs, employing 25 Public Service Rangers and 30 Clean Team sanitation workers, and providing significant funding for private security and outreach to the homeless. The DDD services the area bounded by Iberville Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, Claiborne Avenue, and the Mississippi River.

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