Mayor Cantrell Joins 10 Other Mayors to Head Up Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force

On Wednesday (April 29), C40 Cities announced Mayor LaToya Cantrell as one of the 11 mayors confirmed to participate in the newly launched Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, to drive forward a sustainable, equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Other members of the task force are: Mayor Giuseppe...

Resources for Black-Owned Businesses Amid Covid-19

On Friday, April 24, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an additional $310 million in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program after the first $349 million was exhausted. Many Black-owned and small businesses were left out of the first round of funding. Thanks to the efforts of the Congressional Black...

Another 374 Cases Brings Statewide Total to 27,660

Feds Commit to Providing 200,000 Tests Per Month to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C. today (April 29) to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss Louisiana’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Edwards is one of a handful of governors invited to meet one-on-one with the...

Legislators Approve Plan to Expand Absentee Voting

Though Grateful for the Step Forward, Advocates Continue to Push for More Comprehensive, Less Restrictive Plan With summer elections coming up amid concerns related to the spread of the deadly  coronavirus, the Louisiana Legislature recently expanded absentee ballot voting. The emergency elections plan submitted by Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin...

Mayor Cantrell Announces $50 Million Small Business Loan Fund for Southern Businesses With Goldman Sachs, Hope

Mayor Cantrell announced Friday, April 24 that Goldman Sachs has committed $50 million as part of its 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to loans for small businesses in New Orleans and across the south, in a partnership with Hope Enterprise Corporation, a leading community development financial institution (“CDFI”). Applications are currently being accepted...

Health Equity Taskforce Gets $500,000 to examine Disparate Impact COVID-19 on Black Louisianans

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday (April 24) that the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce will get $500,000 from the Governor’s COVID-19 Response Fund to examine causes and solutions to the high rate of deaths from the coronavirus within Louisiana’s African-American community and other impacted populations. At one point during...

Liberty Bank and Trust Acquires Kentucky-Based Metro Bank

Liberty Bank and Trust Company, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, announced on April 22 that it has finalized a merger agreement and has acquired the assets and banking relationships of  Louisville Development Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Metro Bank, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.   The acquisition is a continuation of Liberty Bank’s...