A friend of no notes passes along a little information about an effort in New Orleans to “keep 23- to 35-year-olds who came to the city to help rebuild it after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans longterm,” as the T-P puts it.
The effort comes from Idea Village, and involves a business contest under the auspices of a program called 504ward.
The competition… offers a package worth more than $200,000 — including cash and professional services — for the winning idea.
Applicants must meet certain criteria, including being a for-profit with “high potential” for long-term sustainability and demonstrated ability to hold onto that prized demographic. Just what they propose — and how broad their reach may ultimately be — remains to be seen.
Pitches for the initial round must be submitted by Dec. 4 and can be made on YouTube. There will be three rounds, with five finalists brought here in March.
I’m not really in a position to give this a thumbs up or thumbs down, but in a broad way I’m interested to see an effort to keep newcomers in the city. When we lived there, most of the attention of the “young” business community, or whatever you want to call it, was focused on keeping natives in the city — or bringing home natives who had left. It seems smarter to me to encourage those who although drawn to the place, might have a different perspective that has value precisely because they are relative newcomers.
So we’ll see.