Bureau of Governmental Research
Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
BGR Wins National Awards for Research
Aug 12, 2014
BGR won three awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA) at its national conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
New Orleans Marriott
Acadia and Bissonet Ballrooms
555 Canal St.
BGR is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Annual Luncheon. Mr. Duncan has served as education secretary since 2009. He previously served as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
Table sponsorships are available for $1,000.
Table sponsorships in the premium area are available for $2,000.
Individual seating is available for $100.
For reservations or more information, contact: Selva Riemann, Office Manager, 504.525.4152, ext. 101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BGR is grateful for the support of this year’s event sponsor, Whitney Bank, and to our host, the New Orleans Marriott.
Filed under: Annual Luncheons
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Westin Canal Place
100 Iberville St., New Orleans
If you would like to attend, RSVP by Tuesday, October 14 to email@example.com or (504) 525-4152, ext. 101.
A special thanks to Canal Barge Company, Inc. for sponsoring this event. Due to the generosity of our sponsor, the event is free of charge.
Thank you to the Westin Canal Place for hosting the awards program.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of BGR’s Excellence in Government Awards 2014:
Robert W. Becker
Chief Executive Officer
New Orleans City Park
Katherine L. Cain
Manager of Strategic Performance and Partnerships
City of New Orleans
Jared E. Munster
Director, Department of Safety and Permits
City of New Orleans
James E. Ruckert
Chief Financial Officer
Port of New Orleans
Thomas M. Stone
Saint Bernard Parish
Charles E. West
Director, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team
City of New Orleans
Established in 1994, this annual program recognizes government employees for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving.
Filed under: Excellence in Government Awards
Oct 13, 2014
In A Trojan Horse in the Draft CZO: Article 5 Puts Years of Planning at Risk, BGR describes the article on Planned Development Standards in the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance and the problems it poses.
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 2, 2014
In this letter to the City Planning Commission, BGR focuses on Article 5 of the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance, which would allow a wide array of exceptions to the zoning rules under vague circumstances in various neighborhoods across the city. BGR argues that, as written, Article 5 creates an Achilles’ heel in the draft CZO and potentially opens the way for a return to the let’s-make-a-deal approach that has plagued land use decision making in years past.
Aug 26, 2014
Following the city’s announcement that it will begin a fourth Request for Proposals process to redevelop the former World Trade Center building, BGR calls for a new approach: selling the building to the highest bidder.
Jul 25, 2014
On July 22, 2014, hundreds of citizens and a number of government officials turned up at a citywide meeting hosted by the Fix My Streets campaign and the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association to discuss options for addressing New Orleans’ bumpy street network. The dialogue centered on the need to determine the condition of city streets, to devise a rational approach to prioritizing and paying for roadwork, and to uncover new funding sources to meet the enormous costs. A key point in the discussion was the need to bring more properties into the tax base.
BGR has in recent years grappled extensively with the issues surrounding the city’s failing streets and other infrastructure needs. To inform the current dialogue on these issues, we have created this online portal to provide the public with easier access to several key BGR reports.
The first, Street Smarts: Maintaining and Managing New Orleans’ Road Network (2008), discussed the weaknesses in the city’s management of its street network and described what a good pavement management system looks like. It also explored several funding options.
The second report, The Price of Civilization: Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans (2010) arose out of a concern that the city’s infrastructure needs were receiving inadequate attention. It described the city’s capital needs and the factors that affect the local capacity to meet those needs.
A third report focused on a particular exemption that is ripe for reform. The Nonprofit Margin: Addressing the Costs of the Nonprofit Exemption in New Orleans (2011) estimated the impact of the nonprofit exemption and discusses the range of options for mitigating that impact.
Also included here is a related release focusing on the city’s tax base.
As BGR noted in The Price of Civilization, the infrastructure funding gap underscores the importance of carefully marshaling and spending what was available. It is essential to re-evaluate and strategically deploy limited available resources and to develop a coherent, prioritized citywide plan for addressing unmet infrastructure needs. It is also essential to find ways to bring sanity to exemptions and broaden the pool of contributors to the revenue base in Orleans Parish. Going after the same group of taxpayers again and again will not solve our problems.
BGR is currently working on a report that will take a comprehensive look at the revenue structure in Orleans Parish. It will examine how much revenue various sources generate, how the revenue is allocated, and the extent to which the revenue is dedicated to specific purposes. The report will also explore potential new revenue sources.
Jun 10, 2014
In an open letter to the Jefferson Parish Council, BGR comments on a proposed ordinance that would change the parish’s process for awarding nonprofessional service contracts.
May 28, 2014
In this open letter to the Louisiana State Legislature, BGR expresses concern that SB 469 might permanently deprive the residents of coastal Louisiana of significant claims against the oil and gas industry and others. It provides a list of questions in need of answers before the House of Representatives votes on the bill.
May 15, 2014
In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would require the regional flood protection authorities to get the governor’s approval before hiring special counsel. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.
Apr 22, 2014
In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would allow the governor to unilaterally remove members of regional flood protection authorities for vague reasons. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.