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PitchNOLA Looking for Lots of Progress

Propeller, a local business incubator and the New Orleans Redevelopment Office are looking for a few good ideas for their Lots Of Progress competition. Part of Propeller’s PitchNOLA initiative, the challenge offers $7,500, provided by Entergy, pro bono assistance from Propeller, and the opportunity to lease or purchase one or more lots from NORA. 


Created as a way to generate interest in the thousands of empty lots dotting the city, the pair are looking for individuals or business presenting innovative ideas that are sustainable and a benefit to the community. “The goal [of the competition] is to activate vacant lots in neighborhoods across the city,” according to Jeff Hebert, NORA’s Executive Director. “We look forward to applications that will expand economic opportunity  while respecting the culture of our neighborhoods.” 


Ideas can range from variety of different uses such as pop up restaurants, outdoor fitness centers, pocket parks, urban farms and permanent structures. Zoning of the 15 properties available include commercial, light industrial, and business. Anyone is welcome to apply, as long as proposals meet eligibility guidelines.


Selected finalists will participate in a live pitch of their proposals at Propeller on August 19. A panel of judges will decide on a winner. The judges include Entergy President Charles Rice, Tara Herandez, president of JCH Development and Sean Meenan, of Habana Outpost notoriety. 


Submissions are due by July 15 at 4pm. Applicants can apply online at Propeller’s website. There is no application fee. 

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