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Mayor Cantrell And State, Local Public Safety Leaders Discuss Hurricane Preparedness

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and members of the Louisiana National Guard and local public safety leaders recently met to discuss preparedness.  The meeting took place at Jackson Barracks.

Immediately following the meeting, a press conference was held. Mayor Cantrell stated her confidence in local, state, and federal partners working together. She also urged citizens to have their own hurricane plan in place.

“Evacuation is the best rescue,” she said.

The mayor was joined by Collin Arnold, Director of New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP), Superintendent Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department, Superintendent Tim McConnell of the New Orleans Fire Department and New Orleans EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols among others.

“Today we reviewed our plans and reaffirmed our partnership in response, should a hurricane come our way,” said Arnold. “The National Guard is there to support us in three main hurricane response functions, if necessary, including evacuation, supply distribution, and security. While we hope these things to be unnecessary, we know we’re prepared for whatever comes our way. Ready.nola.gov is our hub for emergency preparedness and response.”

Hurricane season officially begins June 1.

OPSO Hosts Job Fair in Late May

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is recruiting deputy sheriffs to work at the Orleans Justice Center. A job fair takes place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Thursday, May 31, at 2800 Perdido St., 3rd Floor.

Potential deputy recruits must be at least 20 years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Interested applicants are asked to bring a valid, state-issued identification card to the job fair.

The job fair takes place in the midst of two scheduled pay increases in 2018. In January, deputies received a $2,000 annual pay increase. On July 1, deputies will receive an additional $1,500 annual pay increase. Starting in January 2019, deputies are expected to receive a $3,500 annual pay increase.

The pay increases mean a sheriff’s deputy who starts with the agency today and becomes Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified could earn $39,000 annually by the end of 2019.

More information about the deputy sheriff position is posted at www.opso.us.

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Rebrands Itself as New Orleans & Company

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has been rebranded and is now officially known as New Orleans & Company. For 58 years, the NOCVB has been one of the largest drivers of the New Orleans economy and has produced millions of jobs, billions of dollars of city revenue, and sustained the creation of thousands of small businesses. New Orleans & Company will focus in its new iteration not only on growing the cultural economy and hospitality enterprises, but on continuing its evolution as a thought leader and partner with the local workforce, local government and all of New Orleans’ citizens.

In fact, the NOCVB, now New Orleans & Company, recently announced a May Job Fest that will take place from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 730 N. Broad St.

“We believe that our culture is our greatest strength and that the people of New Orleans create that culture,” said Stephen Perry, president & CEO of New Orleans & Company. “As New Orleans & Company, we are committed to our core mission of ensuring that we are a catalytic force for our industry and drive business growth for thousands of small business owners and significant business enterprises. But, we also have a new mission of connecting with the broader economy, partnering with government on finding solutions to move our city forward, and improving the lives of all of our workforce and all residents in every neighborhood of our city.”

New Orleans attracts more than 17 million visitors annually, and tourism revenues generate 43 percent of the city’s operating budget though sales tax and property tax, not counting the taxes paid by tens of thousands of hospitality and tourism industry employees as their indirect spending ripples through every facet of the community.

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