Algiers Dev. Dist.

The Algiers Development District was created by State Legislation in 1992

The Algiers Development District (ADD) was created by State Legislation  in 1992 pursuant to ACT No. 242 (codified as La. R.S. 33:2730.27).
The ADD is a special taxing district (TIF)  to promote economic development within the city's 15th ward. Primary areas of focus for ADD include development of New Orleans Riverside at Federal City, combating blight and vacant property, facilitating road construction and repair and improving the quality of life for residents of the city's Algiers community.


ADD's 2017 Budget may be reviewed here.

ADD's 2018 Budget may be reviewed here.


ADD's 2016 Legislative Audit may be viewed here.


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Please note:  The ADD Scheduled Meetings, Agendas and Approved Minutes may be found on the EVENTS Calendar on the ADD Meeting Date. 

Our Mission

Advancing Algiers to be the best…for our residents, schools, businesses and community.

Our Vision

To provide professional leadership governed by the highest ethical principals in the development of a world-class community for Algiers residents, schools and businesses.

Algiers Development District Historic Timeline

2005

ADD successfully saved the Naval Support Activity military base from closure through the nationwide Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process.

2005-2008

ADD Board assumed costs, due to Post-Katrina delays, to keep project positioned for future investment.

2008

ADD signed a 75-year lease with the U.S. Department of the Navy for the former Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans West Bank property.

2008

Officials broke ground at Federal City ceremonially beginning construction. To date, it is one of the largest economic development initiatives in the State of Louisiana.

2008

Officials broke ground at Federal City ceremonially beginning construction. To date, it is one of the largest economic development initiatives in the State of Louisiana.

2008

ADD worked with NOFA, which agreed to run the day-to-day operations at Federal City.

2009

Monies for Federal City started to flow after lease was signed (late 2008).

2010

ADD secured state funds and partnered with the City of New Orleans for two new road extensions into the Federal City complex at Opelousas and Patterson.

December 2010

The President of the United States signed the NSA Fee Simple legislation that allowed the conveyance of the West Bank property to ADD.

July 2011

With help from ADD, Federal City opened the new national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

April 2012

ADD created the Algiers Development Corporation (ADC), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, to help fund the New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy (NOMMA), a charter school at Federal City for grades 9-12.

May 2012

The new fitness center funded by ADD and located at Federal City was dedicated.

October 2012

Joint Development Committee (JDC) formed to oversee Federal City day to day operations.

November 2012

Ground breaking ceremony for new Algiers Levee Bike and Hike path

May 2013

ADD acquired 118 acres of land on Federal City from the U.S. Department of the Navy, thus expanding New Orleans’ footprint.

2013

Phase 1 of the Federal City project, the Military Phase, was completed which included Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, gymnasium, child care center, parking garage, and new state-of-art 400-seat auditorium.

Summer 2013

Spurred by a motivated Federal City resident, the Federal City Community Garden (FCCG) hosted its inaugural garden build. The FCCG has since constructed twenty-nine (29) family beds where the community can grow their own nutrient rich fruits and vegetables.

October 2013

ADD held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate Phase 1 of the Bike and Hike path, which extends from the Algiers Ferry to the former Todd Shipyard, near Federal City.

January 2014

NOMMA officially moved into a $14 million complex (71,000 sq. ft.) anchored at Federal City and opened their doors to 360 students.

March 2014

NOMMA held a dedication ceremony for their new school building at Federal City.

March 18, 2014

ADD helped to resolve longstanding lawsuits between NOFA and HRI/ECC. NOFA retained two (2) positions on the Joint Development Committee and HRI/ECC agreed to help with property management to assist in the transition of the property through year-end 2014.

April 2014

ADD relocated their offices to the New Orleans Federal City campus, from their building on General DeGaulle Drive.

May – Sept 2014

ADD and JDC worked to select new Developer for the Federal City project.

June 2014

ADD closed on a $1.2 million purchase that transferred ownership of the former Navy Chapel at Algiers' Federal City to Delgado Community College, to be used as a student life center for the college's West Bank Campus in Algiers.

June 2014

ADD announced William A. "Bill" Oliver as the new Chairperson of the Joint Development Committee.

June 2014

Little Learners Federal City, LLC, a class A early learning center for infants through five-year-olds, relocated and opened its doors at Federal City.

September 2014

The perimeter fence surrounding Federal City came down, resulting in a more inviting presence for the community and improved traffic flow at Federal City.

September 2014

ADD and JDC members voted to offer Vista Trust a contract as the new Master Developer to complete the unsecured facility portion of the Federal City project (approximately 118 acres).

October 2014

Federal City hosted 2014 Night Out Against Crime in partnership with the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), and Algiers Development District (ADD).

November 2014

Phase 2 of the Patterson Road extension completed.

November 2014

Federal City Auditorium named the recipient of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Award, which recognizes a high-performance building that addresses best-in-class business strategies.

January 29, 2015

Vista Louisiana, LLC officially signs a contract to become the new Master Developer for the Federal City Project.

January 31, 2015

Federal City hosts New Orleans Backs the Blues, a community event to show appreciation and support for the men and women of the NOPD.

May 27-29, 2015

Vista Louisiana, LLC, and commissioned architect Steven Oubre of Architects Southwest, conduct a series of Integrated Design Workshops seeking community input.

June 1, 2015

Ochsner Health System takes over as the operator of the fitness center at New Orleans Federal City.

September 22, 2015

Delgado Student Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

September 26, 2015

The first annual Algiers Fall Fest is held at New Orleans Federal City.

December 22, 2015

Federal City infrastructure transfer to the Sewage & Water Board executed.

Jaunary 6, 2016

Entergy service side connections for the electrical power and meters for the Federal City historic buildings completed.

July 22, 2016

Pool at the OCHSNER Fitness Center opens.

September 17, 2016

The second annual Algiers Fest held in Federal City.

November 1, 2016

The Green Park in Federal City, a public park that is available for scheduled events, opens.

Upcoming Algiers Development District Board Meetings

 

There are no upcoming events at this time.

ADD Board of Commissioners

 

Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Louisiana State Senator – District 7
P. O. Box 50730
New Orleans, LA 70150
Phone: 504-302-3682
Legislative Aide: Winfred Warrick

Troy A. Carter is the youngest of six children. He was educated in the Orleans Parish Public School system and matriculated at Xavier University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration.  Troy Carter has also studied at Carnegie-Mellon’s Graduate School of Urban and Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct instructor of Political Science at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He was awarded a Green Foundation Fellow to Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

In June of 1990, than Council member Carter was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYL) to participate in an economic study tour of China as a National Delegate representing the United States.

Troy Carter has enjoyed a distinguished career in virtually every level of local and state government.  In 1991, Troy A. Carter became the first African-American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District of New Orleans (Algiers).  He served on the Education Committee, Municipal Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Transportation & Highway Committee and served as the youngest Floor Leader representing the City of New Orleans in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In 1994, Troy Carter was elected to the New Orleans City Council representing District C, which includes the historic French Quarter and the New Orleans Westbank – once again, the first African-American to be elected to the position.

During his six years on the City Council, Council member Carter served with distinction and was a driving force in the renaissance of New Orleans with an enviable record of achievement.

  • District C enjoys the largest decreases in crime rates.
  • Large buses have been banned from the French Quarter.
  • The Historic Treme Villa restoration.
  • The Creation of the Jazz Walk of Fame in historic Algiers.
  • Restoration of Streetcar service to Canal Street has begun.
  • Led the efforts to battle homelessness in New Orleans.
  • Secured more than one hundred million dollars in street repairs, parks, playgrounds and other capital projects for the district.
  • Revitalizing Canal Street through Major Street and Sidewalk rehabilitation and development of the Ritz-Carlton and Canal/Bourbon Streets hotel projects.
  • Development of Wal-Mart Super Center in Algiers.
  • Expansion of Woldenberg Village in Algiers
  • Renovation of Washington Artillery Park and The Moonwalk.

In 1997, Troy Carter again made history by becoming the first incumbent District C Councilmember in modern history to be re-elected without opposition.

Councilmember Carter has been featured in a number of National and State publications.

  • EBONY Magazine, JET Magazine, Kappa Alpha Psi Journal, The Louisiana Political Review.

Troy Carter has received numerous commendations for his outstanding contributions to encourage community empowerment and for his efforts to eradicate urban blight.  In September 1992, during his first year as State Representative, Troy Carter was recognized by the Louisiana Municipal Association, which awarded him the Outstanding Legislator of the Year.  He was also named to the “All Rookie Team 1993” by Louisiana Political Columnist John Maginnis.  During his tenure as a State Legislator, Troy Carter authored and/or cosponsored more than seventy-five bills, which have become law.

Troy Carter is committed to the community and serves on a number of civic associations.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; has served as a member of the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater New Orleans, and is a charter member of 100 Black Men of New Orleans; a member of the Board of Directors of Touro Infirmary Foundation; The New Orleans Police Athletic League; Total Community Action; a member of theAdvisory Board for Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)and The Light House for the Blind in New Orleans.  He is a Mason, in thePride of Algiers Lodge; a member of the Kiwanis Club; the Lyons Club; association of Public Works Administrators (APWA); The Jugs Social Aid and Pleasure Club; Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club; and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; a member of theNational Forum Committee; former Executive Officer of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus; a member of the African-American Professional Alliance; and a member of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. He was elected as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

As a Council member, Troy Carter served as Chairman of the City Council Special Development Projects Committee and the Ground Transportation Committee, the Utlities, Cable/Telecommunications, and the Budget Committee. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board where he served as Chairman of the Operations Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of The French Market Corporation, the Upper Pontalba Building Restoration Corporation; the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the

Great New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission, The Canal Street Development Corporation and the Rivergate Development Corporation.

On January 11, 2016, Troy Carter was sworn in as the first African-American Louisiana State Senator for District 7. Troy Carter is also a successful entrepreneur.  He is founder and President of News N’ Brews, Incorporated, which operated three successful gourmet coffeehouses in New Orleans and Policy & Planning Partners.

Troy Carter is the proud father of Troy Carter, II and Joshua Carter.

Col. Dell Dempsey

Col. Dell Dempsey

Dell M. Dempsey
Col USMC (Ret)
Appointee of Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Col. Dempsey has over 28 years of military experience. As the Executive Director of the Belle Chasse Academy Educational Foundation since 2015, she has been responsible for all aspects of the Belle Chasse Academy Educational Foundation.

Col. Dempsey has served in numerous positions of great responsibility:

• Assistant Program Manager, Innovative Strategic Advanced Solutions, she was responsible for administration/oversight as the Prime Contractor providing financial, programmatic, and technical programmatic services in support of Marine Forces Reserve General Staff selections.

• Executive Director, Lower Mississippi Port-wide Strategic Security Council (PSSC), she was responsible for all aspects of administration/oversight for PSSC activities and projects, including the management of over $130,000,000 in Department of Homeland Security Port Security Grants.

• Director Military, Defense & Homeland Security Affairs, Department of Economic Development, State of Louisiana. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Economic Development and the Governor on matters regarding Federal/ Department of Defense (DOD) and matters involving the Military/DOD presence in Louisiana. Responsible for all aspects of the state-wide Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) strategies for the state and executed a statewide BRAC strategy that resulted in a net gain of military jobs for Louisiana at the conclusion of the 2005 BRAC actions. She was also instrumental in organizing the New Orleans Federal Alliance with key members of the community. This group led the BRAC strategy that resulting in the construction of the Marine Corps Support Facility and was instrumental in the planning of the Federal City concept and articulating the vision that created Federal City. During this time, she made numerous successful business and political contacts across the state and in New Orleans that resulted along with my BRAC efforts, in my nomination to be woman of the year in 2008.

 

MARINE CORPS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• Marine-Forces Reserve Director of Public Affairs.

• Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration, Marine Forces Reserve

• Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

• Training Analyst - Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
• Executive Officer for the Reserve Support Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
(Deployed to Desert Storm)

 

EDUCATION
• Master of Science, Management - Salve Regina, University, Newport, RI

• Master of Science, Strategic Decision Making - National Security & Naval War College, Newport, RI.

 

CIVIC CONTRIBUTIONS/AWARDS
• New Orleans City Business Women of the year 2008

• Sheriff Harry Lee Leadership Award 2001

• New Orleans Federal Alliance

• Belle Chasse Academy Foundation

• FBI Citizens Academy

• Board of Directors National Association of Defense Communities

• New Orleans Professional Women’s Council

• Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council

• Governor’s Military Advisory Committee

Daniela Rivero Bryant

Daniela Rivero Bryant

Daniela Rivero Bryant is an Economics PhD Candidate at Tulane University and the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her work relies on economic theory and statistical science to measure resilience, quantify the impact of natural disasters on cities and individuals, and analyze recovery policy.
Before joining the PhD program at Tulane, Daniela was part of the Louisiana Land Trust’s executive team, where she coordinated the statewide disposition and reuse of thousands of Katrina-damaged properties. Prior to that, she used her engineering skills to support the post-Katrina housing recovery in New Orleans. Her efforts as Field Operations Director and later Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together resulted in the reconstruction of over one thousand homes in the city’s most vulnerable communities. Daniela Rivero Bryant is City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer's representative.

Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Appointee of the Assessor

Mark A. Major joined Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana, Incorporated (TMSEL), in service to the
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) August 1983 as an Investment Analyst. Major has held numerous
positions within the financial management structure of the Authority. He coordinated with bond counsel
and investment bankers for the issuance and management of over $275 million of Sales Tax Revenue
Bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms that enabled the RTA to acquire buses, paratransit
vehicles, facilities and made possible the refurbishment of the historic St. Charles Streetcar system and
the construction of the Canal and Loyola Avenue Streetcar Lines. From 1984 to 2012 Major served in the
capacity of Chairman or Vice Chairman of the TMSEL Defined Benefit Retirement Income Plan and during
his leadership plan assets grew from $50 million to $167.2 million. On October 22, 2002, Major was
promoted to Deputy General Manager of Finance and Administration. In this capacity, his team included
Human Resources, Procurement, Public Affairs, Budget, Grants, Accounting and Treasury. For the
calendar years 2002-2005 the annual $130 million operating and capital budget of the Authority
supported a workforce of 1,352 employees.

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina severely damaged most of the RTA's facilities, buses, streetcars,
paratransit vehicles and other critical equipment; Major developed the proposal and led the RTA teams
that successfully negotiated a total of $67.4 million FEMA-funded emergency public transportation
contracts with the Federal Transit Administration to operate bus, streetcar and paratransit services in the
City of New Orleans and supplemental bus and paratransit services in the City of Baton Rouge. On June
16, 2006, Major was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana
(TMSEL), in service to the RTA. Major secured $55 million of Community Disaster Loan (CDL) proceeds for
the RTA, for which the Authority borrowed $47.2 million. His team developed a "Restructuring the RTA"
strategic business recovery plan, which was approved by the Louisiana State Bond Commission and the
Office of Community Development/Disaster Unit and resulted in a $35.8 million debt service assistance
loan. As CEO, Major organized and implemented the reduction-in-forces and "right-sized" TMSEL in
service to the RTA from 1,352 pre-Katrina employees to 530 post-Katrina employees. Funded by a $14
million Federal Transit Administration grant to replace the entire catenary and the power rectification
system. Major's team re-opened the entire "iconic" St. Charles Streetcar Line. Major successfully
negotiated with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to operate, utilizing RTA
vehicles and TMSEL personnel, the LASWIFT Service (daily round-trip commuter transit service between
New Orleans and Baton Rouge) from December 2006 through July 2007, marking the only time a public
transit authority has operated inter-city public transit service in the State of Louisiana. In March 2007
with 100% Federal Transit Administration grant funds secured by his team, Major introduced and ordered
39 35' Low Floor Bio-diesel Orion buses with the option to take delivery of 200 additional vehicles. During
his tenure as CEO Major's team successfully negotiated $120 million of FEMA grant funds to procure 94
fixed-route buses, 29 paratransit vehicles, rehabilitate 30 Canal and Riverfront Streetcars, renovate all
RTA flood-damaged facilities and replace customer transit shelters.

In summer of 2008 after the Mayor of New Orleans declared a mandatory city-wide evacuation, under
Major's direction, the RTA effectively provided emergency round-trip transportation to 20,000 residents

in accordance with the City of New Orleans City Assisted Evacuation Plan from 17 strategic locations to
and from the Union Passenger Terminal prior to and after Hurricane Gustav. Major successfully organized
and accompanied food, water and ice missions in September 2008 by RTA/TMSEL employees to CATS in
Baton Rouge and Houston METRO following the impact of Hurricane Gustav on those communities.

In September 2009 Major became Senior Advisor for Veolia Transportation in service to the RTA. In April
2010 at the request of Veolia's President and Chief Operating Officer, Major served as CEO of the Phoenix,
Arizona 400 fixed-route and bus rapid public transit system and completed this special assignment in
January 2011. During his tenure in Phoenix, Major managed over 1,000 represented and non-represented
employees with an annual operating budget in excess of $75 million. In January 2011, Major returned to
New Orleans to serve as the Chief Investment Officer for Veolia Transportation in service to the RTA,
where he was responsible for innovative financing; the investment of the Authority's $100 million
operating, reserves and bond funds and debt management. On behalf of the RTA, in 2012 and 2013 Major
secured a $47.2 million CDL loan cancellation from FEMA. In 2013 Major was strategic member of the
team that successfully negotiated and transitioned the New Orleans ferry operations from the Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development to the RTA/Veolia. On behalf of RTA/Veolia Major was
responsible for RTA's Infrastructure Department and the entire ferry operations.

In July 2018 the Board of Directors of Family Service of Greater New Orleans recruited Major to become
the non-profit's President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity he is responsible for all strategic
management and operations of the 122 years old agency.

Major current board memberships include the Algiers Development District, Algiers Development
Corporation and the Good Shepherd Nativity School.

Major is a native New Orleanian and received a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of
Business Administration in Accounting degrees from Loyola University. He is married to Sharon Jagers-
Major and they have a daughter, Hunter.

Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary M. Carter, Jr. – Bio
Louisiana House of Representatives
District 102
3520 Gen. De Gaulle Dr., Suite 3071
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-361-6600

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Appointee of Representative Chris Leopold, District 105

Paul Collins is a national Healthcare Information Technology Consultant assisting healthcare organizations with EMR Conversions. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Southern University. Mr. Collins began his professional career as a management trainee at Whitney National Bank in 1996 before eventually becoming a business banker in the Greater New Orleans Area. After his seven-year career as a commercial lender Mr. Collins founded real estate investment and real estate development firms specializing in community improvement across Southeast Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina he returned to New Orleans in October of 2005 and assisted the recovery effort providing fiscal management services to the local non-profit industry. He co-founded Collins CPA, Accounting and Consulting Services in 2007 specializing in providing Accounting, Auditing, Fiscal Management Consulting, Information Technology and Tax Services serving both profit and non-profit entities nationally. In 2008, he returned to the financial industry when he accepted a position with Seedco Financial – a national Community Development Financial Institution. Most notably, Mr. Collins managed Seedco’s involvement in Phase 2 of the State of Louisiana’s Business Recovery Grant and Loan Program, the Baton Rouge Small Business Loan Program and the Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center. These efforts assisted small businesses and organizations in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes in recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the BP Oil Spill by providing over twelve million dollars in financial assistance and specialized technical assistance in the aftermath of the crisis. He currently resides in the Algiers section of New Orleans with his wife LaKenya, daughter Taylor and son Paul II.

Senator Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell

Senator Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell

Louisiana State Senator – District 3
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. Suite 221
New Orleans, LA 70126
Telephone: 504-284-4794
Legislative Assistant: Krystal Diaz

 

JP was first elected to public office as a state representative in 2006, where he served until joining the Senate in 2008. He is a constant advocate for well-paying jobs, quality schools, safe streets, and accountable government. One of his top priorities has been the battle against sexual assault, and he has developed an entire package of legislation to address the issue.

JP’s education includes graduating from Spring Hill College with a degree in Political Science. He later went on to Tulane University Law School, where he was elected as the first African-American President of the Tulane Graduate and Professional Studies Association (GaPSA), the governing student organization over all Tulane Graduate Programs. He graduated from Tulane Law School with a Juris Doctorate and Certification in Civil Law.

Throughout college, JP spent his summers working with the Art without a Roof Program, part of the New Orleans Public School Homeless Education Program, where he taught creative writing to homeless children.

JP began his law career at Morrell & Morrell, LLC, which he co-founded with his father, Arthur Morrell. During this time, he also worked as a member of the Orleans Parish Office of Indigent Public Defender Program (OIDP), serving as the Public Defender for Magistrate Court until his election to the Louisiana State Legislature. Today he is Of Counsel to the Middleberg Riddle Group, a New Orleans-based law firm.

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Meet The Staff

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Kathy Lynn Honaker
Executive Director
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 7011
Phone: 504-367-3331

Vanessa Duplessis
Office Administrator
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-367-3331

Bill-Garrett

Bill Garrett
Assistant Executive Director
2500 General Meyer Ave., Bldg. 415
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-367-3331

Message From Your Chairman: Senator Troy A. Carter

Let me begin by saying that it is a great honor to serve as Chairman of the Algiers Development District (ADD), an organization that represents and serves the economic interests of the people of Algiers. Algiers is an outstanding community with a rich history and traditions that deserve the attention of a fully dedicated board. Serving you, the residents of Algiers, is a responsibility that none of us on the board takes lightly. I am humbled by the opportunity and wholeheartedly promise to invest the time and resources necessary to bring about much needed change and progress. My fellow board members will hold themselves to the same standards.

As your new Chairperson, there are three pressing items that I intend to address immediately.

First, I have ordered a forensic audit of all the district’s contracts past, present, and future. We will solicit bids from professional firms to review every dollar that has been spent along with monies earmarked for future expenditures. This information will be made available to the public as soon as it becomes available, as part of my commitment to total transparency. To be clear, the call for an audit follows standard processes and protocols for a transition of this magnitude and certainly does not cast aspersions on past leadership. As leaders in the community, however, we are committed to constant improvement and will hold ourselves to the highest standards as we move forward in serving the residents of Algiers.

Second, I along with State Representative Gary Carter reaffirm this board’s priority to continue the positive track record of successful legislative audits held by the past regime. As a special taxing district that deals with taxpayer money this board is subject to regular state audits and we must continue to be held accountable for every dollar spent and every action we take. The bottom line is that we must be efficient in maximizing the resources available to us in order to make meaningful progress.

Third, I will make it my duty to ensure that ADD board meetings occur regularly in a well-advertised fashion. This board and every action we take will embody transparency. Public access is a priority and public input will be sought. There will be accountability. Make no mistake about it: this board belongs to the residents of Algiers. Period.

I have learned many things in my 25 years of service to the State of Louisiana. Given the constant of finite resources, I have learned that expectations and reality must align. The Algiers Development District is adjunct to many public works projects and, like most public entities, our funding and resources are finite. That is not, and will not be used as an excuse, yet it is a reality we will have to deal with when making decisions on behalf of the community as a whole. We can assure you that this board is 100% committed to the Algiers community, and our actions will underscore that fact.

On behalf of my fellow board members, we look forward to continuing our commitment to the people of Algiers. You are in good hands.

Sincerely,

T Carter Signature

Senator Troy A. Carter

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