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BGR Opens Nominations for 2020 Excellence in Government Awards

December 18, 2019

BGR is accepting nominations through February 14 for its 2020 Excellence in Government Awards. Don’t miss your opportunity to...

‘The Second Battle of New Orleans’ republished for 50th anniversary of end to Riverfront Expressway fight

By Sandra Stokes

Source: The Lens

December 17, 2019

If you’re really lucky, at least once in your life you cross paths with someone truly extraordinary. I was...

‘It will be a mess:’ Traffic headaches from Convention Center Blvd. not expected to go away when construction ends

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

December 12, 2019

Large portions of Convention Center Boulevard are closed for the entire month of December. It’s just the latest in...

Rear Admiral John Nadeau Discusses Coast Guard’s Work in New Orleans and Beyond

December 10, 2019

Today, Rear Admiral John Nadeau, the new commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eighth District, presented at a BGR...

Newell: Is New Orleans better off with one property tax assessor instead of seven?

By Newell Normand

Source: WWL Radio

November 25, 2019

Newell talks to BGR Vice President and Research Director Stephen Stuart and research analyst Jamie Parker about what’s changed...

Nell Nolan: Moonlight & Miracles, Victory Ball – WWII, BGR Luncheon

By Nell Nolan

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 24, 2019

The Bureau Brigade Count ‘em! Supporters of the Bureau of Governmental Research, about 800 of them, convened at the...

(Opinion) A Cautionary Tale: The New Orleans Office of Inspector General. Part 2: Facing Challenges

By Ed Quatrevaux

Source: The Lens

November 22, 2019

Read Part 1: Fulfilling the mission. The OIG faced a series of challenges beginning in 2015. While the Office...

Convention Center approves 2020 spending plan, defers vote on major architectural contract

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

November 21, 2019

The governing body of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center set its 2020 budget at its Wednesday...

Orleans Parish assessor’s budget, methods questioned by nonpartisan research group

By Jessica Williams

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 20, 2019

Property tax assessments in Orleans Parish have come a long way from the days when seven assessors with a...

(Opinion) Newell: Compromise, co-operation can’t be dirty words as Mayor, Council grapple with tax relief measure

By Newell Normand

Source: WWL Radio

November 20, 2019

The City Council has made a request to cut tax rates for property owners, and an agreement is under...