The Joint Development Committee is a public-private partnership created in February 2013, to oversee the project at New Orleans Federal City and is comprised of appointees of the Algiers Development District (ADD), the New Orleans Federal Alliance (NOFA), Greater New Orleans, Inc., and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Members of the JDC are now engaged in the important process of interviewing company applicants for the role of master developer of the 156-acre site on the city’s West Bank. Selection of a master developer is viewed as a major step forward in a coordinated effort to market Federal City and bring more of this important project into commerce.

Please note:  The JDC Meeting Agendas and Approved Minutes may be found on the EVENTS Calendar on the JDC Meeting Dates. 

Upcoming Joint Development Committee Board Meetings

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Board Members


William A. Oliver (Chairman)

William A. Oliver (Chairman)

William A. Oliver is Owner and President of William A. Oliver Enterprises LLC, established in 2010 to provide consulting and management services for business development, government relations, media relations, external affairs, philanthropy and organizational design. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Joint Development Committee (working for the development of Federal City) and as Chairman of the Board for the Louisiana Health Cooperative. Mr. Oliver is a registered lobbyist for local government as well as the Legislative and Executive branches of government in Louisiana and has previously been registered as a Federal lobbyist.

Mr. Oliver retired as an AT&T Officer in December 2009, after 36 years, 8 months of service. He served as the State President for Louisiana for 8 years 6 months. His entire tenure was in the state of Louisiana. He was directly responsible for all state, local and municipal government relations, external affairs, regulatory activities and Political Action Committee activities. In addition, he had oversight responsibilities for service, revenue, expenses and media activities for the State of Louisiana.

Mr. Oliver was directly responsible for lobbying the Louisiana Congressional Delegation from 1994 through 2001. The major legislation during this time frame was the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Mr. Oliver worked closely with both Senator John Breaux and Congressman Billy Tauzin.

He was directly responsible for the Louisiana Public Service Commission from 2000 through 2002 providing leadership for BellSouth’s efforts to obtain approval to enter the interstate, interLATA long distance business from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Louisiana was one of the first two states granted authority in BellSouth. The Louisiana PSC is an elected, five member, constitutionally established body, autonomous from the Louisiana Legislature, and represents a fourth arm of government in Louisiana.

Legislative successes include passage of the Fair Competition Act, establishing rules for local government to enter into the telecommunications business and the Statewide Cable Reform Act, establishing authority for Cable and Telecommunications companies to provide video services under a statewide franchise.

He has lead task force efforts in organizational design for BellSouth’s Corporate and External Affairs Organization and performance management alignment and improvement for AT&T’s External Affairs Southeast Region.

In 1987 and 1988, Mr. Oliver was responsible for all telecommunications services to support the Republican National Convention in Louisiana. His duties included the planning and forecasting of all services, sales, engineering, ordering, servicing and billing. The customer base was national and worldwide media, government and political organizations, and federal, state and local law enforcement.

During his career, Mr. Oliver has had responsibility for media relations and advertising, marketing and sales for commercial accounts, sales to all Louisiana State Government accounts, all College and University accounts and all Enhanced 911 Districts. In addition, Mr. Oliver spent his early career in the Engineering Department, responsible for the engineering and installation of digital equipment and facilities and fiber optics, cost study analysis for digital facility modernization and central office switching center replacement.

His outside activities have included 21 years in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1991 as a Major. His area of expertise was logistics and transportation. He held Command responsibilities in three different units. Major Oliver was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions and dedication to duty when his unit was activated for Desert Shield in 1990.

His civic activities include the Louisiana Health Cooperative, currently serving as Chairman, and the Joint Development Committee. In addition, he has a 20 year tenure on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts, serving two years as Council President, six years on the Board for the Greater New Orleans United Way, serving one year as Campaign Chairman and one year as Board Chairman, twelve years on the Board of Greater New Orleans, Inc., serving one year as Chairman and three years on the Louisiana Board of Regents. In addition, he has served multi year terms on boards for Blueprint Louisiana, the Committee of 100, SECURE, PAR, CABL, the New Orleans Business Council, BGR, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, LSU School of Journalism Board of Visitors, NOCCA, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Louisiana Museum Foundation.

Mr. Oliver holds a BS in Mathematics from McNeese State University and an MBA from Tulane University. He was recognized by his Tulane classmates with the prestigious Vorholt Award for Business Leadership in 1990 and by McNeese as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 2005. He has been recognized by the Boy Scouts with both the Silver Beaver award and the Distinguished Citizen Award and the YLC as an Outstanding Role Model. He was selected to reign as King of Washington Mardi Gras by Congressman Jim McCrery in 2004.

Address: 345 Harbor Drive
Old Hickory, TN 37138



Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary Carter, Jr.

Representative Gary M. Carter, Jr. Bio
Louisiana House of Representative
3520 Gen. DeGaulle Dr., Suite 3071
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-361-6600



Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson

Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson

Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson (born January 17, 1936) is a former president of the New Orleans City Council and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

She represented District C on the New Orleans City Council from 1990 to 1994 and from 2002 to 2006, as well as District 102 at the Louisiana House of Representatives.

During her second tenure on the council, Clarkson advocated a cleaner and safer French Quarter and attempted to restore the Jackson Square Artists Colony, established by the Constitution of the 1920s.

She is married to Arthur Clarkson and they have five daughters, including Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson. Before entering politics she was in real estate and president of the Louisiana Realtor Association.

Address: 2448 Chelsea Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
Telephone: 504-361-6600



Bill Detweiler

Bill Detweiler

Mr. Bill Detweiler, Consultant to the National World War II Museum President on Military & Veterans Affairs, was appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his staff to serve as a member of the JDC. In addition to the JDC Board, Detweiler has also served as national commander of the Legion from 1994-1995 and is the owner of a private practice law firm in New Orleans. In May 2013, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Detweiler to serve as a representative of The American Legion on the Louisiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission, an organization that serves to advise the Louisiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the governor on matters relating to the welfare of veterans.

His arrival on the JDC board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Federal City project which seeks to honor the proud history of the site, a former Naval Support Activity (NSA) military base saved from closure through the nationwide Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. Since his arrival, Detweiler has proven to be an instrumental figure in seeing that the Federal City project continues to progress as planned.

Address: Consultant for Military & Veterans Affairs
The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-527-6012 or 504-834-1700



Bob Farnsworth

Bob Farnsworth

Bob Farnsworth is the Senior Vice President for Capital Projects for The National WWII Museum and manages all facets of the Museum’s $350M capital expansion program.  He is responsible for working with City and State regulatory agencies on issues impacting the capital expansion, negotiating the design and construction agreements, supervising the architects and contractors, developing and managing the comprehensive capital expansion budget and working with the Executive Director and the CFO to develop annual budgets and the cost reporting program.  Bob has 30 years experience as a general contractor and 20 years experience representing owner’s interests in major developments.  He was Director of Design and Construction for development of the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.  Following that he went to work for Columbus General Properties as Executive Vice President for Design and Construction and managed the development of the Navy Information and Technology Center at the UNO Research and Technology Park and the Belle Chasse Academy School, the first charter school on a military base.  He is past president of the Associated General Contractors of Louisiana and a former member of YPO.  He served on the Boards of Ideal Savings and Loan, Metairie Park Country Day School, the Louisiana SPCA, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the New Orleans Federal Alliance (Federal City.) and Belle Chasse Academy Charter School and is currently on the Board of Ursuline Academy.  He has a B.S. in business and a Juris Doctor degree.

Address: The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-528-1944, ext. 345



Rick Legendre

Rick Legendre

Rick Legendre began his career in government as an interim appointment to the Jefferson Parish School Board. Upon conclusion of his appointment, Rick then worked as Administrative Assistant to Jefferson Parish Councilman-at-Large Lloyd Giardina. He furthered his career in the United States House of Representatives as the District Representative for Congressman Bob Livingston. Rick was then one of four founding partners of The Livingston Group and helped grow the firm to one of the top lobbying firms in Washington, DC. Rick sold his equity in the firm in 2009 and joined the staff of Congressman Steve Scalise. During his governmental career, Rick served on numerous boards and commissions including the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana State Police Commission, the West Jefferson Medical Center Board and the Delgado Community College Foundation Board.  He was appointed to the Joint Development Committee in 2013.

Address: 1320 Clyde Drive
Marrero, LA 70072
Telephone: 504-717-3238



Edward D. Markle

Edward D. Markle

Mr. Edward “Ed” D. Markle
James Carter & Associates, LLC
1100 Poydras St., Suite 1160
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: 504-324-4400

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