As is the case in all pilot cities, New Orleans faces considerable levels of distress, including high rates of crime, poverty, and blight, and low levels of educational attainment. Unlike other pilot cities, though, New Orleans has been hit by recent natural disasters that dramatically affected its population, housing stock, and infrastructure. The city continues to face challenges related to neighborhood revitalization, growing the economy, and connecting low-income residents to economic opportunities.
Despite these challenges, New Orleans enjoys significant assets that can position the city for economic strength, including its status as a port city and a tourist destination, and home to a robust energy industry. Furthermore, Post-Katrina New Orleans has received significant attention and resources from the federal government and national philanthropy. This has brought funding and energetic people to the city, bolstering the city’s internal capacity in ways not experienced by other SC2 pilot cities.