The redevelopment entity for New Orleans which was transformed and propped up with millions in federal dollars after Hurricane Katrina is searching for PR agency support for a range of tasks from media relations to crisis management.
The agency, which has statutory power, received $30M from the federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in 2010 to revitalize housing and woo commercial real estate to the rebuilding city, funds which must be spent by 2013.
That infusion came just four years after Katrina ravaged the city and decimated the redevelopment agency down to a staff of three. The Times-Picayune earlier this year described the agency's transformation as one from "agency outcast to critical cog" in the city's future.