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.
Dec 8, 2016
On Tuesday, December 6, Jerry Bologna (JEDCO President & CEO) and Robert Edgecombe (GCR, Inc. Urban Planner and Consultant) spoke at a BGR Breakfast Briefing in Jefferson Parish.
Edgecombe presented Jefferson Parish demographic trends in relation to regional and statewide trends. Bologna followed with JEDCO’s plans to respond to those trends with new housing, transportation, and employment strategies. Both focused on five growing industry clusters that offer economic development opportunities to the parish.
Nov 30, 2016
Today, the Bureau of Governmental Research elected seven new directors at the organization’s annual members’ meeting, held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.
Nov 10, 2016
Released in 2015, BGR’s report The $1 Billion Question: Do the Tax Dedications in New Orleans Make Sense? serves as a critical fact base for Lee Zurik’s Finding the Funds. The investigative series looks into Convention Center taxes. For BGR’s complete analysis, read The $1 Billion Question.
In July 2016, the national Governmental Research Association gave BGR the Most Distinguished Research award for The $1 Billion Question. The report provides a first-ever comprehensive view of where local tax revenues go.
Click to watch Part 1 of Finding the Funds now.
Nov 2, 2016
On October 27, 2016, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge ruled in the City’s favor on how to apply the pension benefit calculation formula for City firefighters. The matter stemmed from a 2013 report in which BGR revealed that the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund was applying the benefits formula on more generous terms than those spelled out in state law.
Oct 18, 2016
The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) 2016 Annual Luncheon will offer a captivating conversation around serious news coverage in these challenging times, including commentary on this political season. The November 30th event will feature CBS News President David Rhodes and is an exciting opportunity for the engaged citizens of greater New Orleans to receive a unique, national perspective.
Sep 22, 2016
On Thursday, September 22, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne spoke at a BGR Breakfast Briefing at IBERIABANK.
Jul 28, 2016
BGR won two awards from the Governmental Research Association at its national conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
May 12, 2016
Today at noon, BGR will present its 2016 Excellence in Government Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Canal Barge Company, Inc. is sponsoring the awards program. Established in 1994, the awards program recognizes government employees and citizens for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving.
Jan 27, 2016
On Wednesday, January 27, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed the crowd at a BGR Breakfast Briefing sponsored by IBERIABANK. Mayor Landrieu addressed looming financial challenges and local tax revenues. See a short clip here.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Sheraton Metairie New Orleans
4 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70001
President & CEO
Urban Planner and Consultant
Please join us to hear JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna and Robert Edgecombe, GCR, Inc. Urban Planner and Consultant, discuss population and demographic trends in Jefferson Parish as they relate to future economic development plans.
Thanks to IBERIABANK, the Breakfast Briefing is free to the public, but space is limited. Let us know if you plan to attend by Thursday, December 1. To make a reservation, email email@example.com or call (504) 525-4152, ext. 108.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St.
BGR is pleased to announce that CBS News President David Rhodes will be the guest speaker at the 2016 Annual Luncheon. Mr. Rhodes oversees the news division and all news content for the CBS Television Network, CBS digital platforms and CBS News Radio. This includes the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, Face the Nation, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.
Table sponsorships are available for $1,250.
Table sponsorships in the premium area are available for $2,500.
Individual seating is available for $125.
Table sponsorship includes:
• Acknowledgement in all promotional materials
• Listing on BGR’s website
• A table for 10 at the luncheon
For reservations or more information, contact: Amanda Kaiser, Communications & Development Manager, 504.525.4152, ext. 108, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BGR is grateful for the support of this year’s event sponsors, Whitney Bank and Latter & Blum Inc., and to our host, the New Orleans Marriott.
Adams and Reese LLP
Anne and King Milling
Auto-Chlor Services LLC
Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Dr. Nicolas G. Bazan
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC
Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region
Canal Barge Company, Inc.
Chaffe & Associates, Inc.
Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans
Crescent Bank and Trust
Crescent Capital Consulting, LLC
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
Favrot & Shane/1st Lake Properties
Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc.
Hardy and Eleanor Fowler
HCA MidAmerica Division
Johnson Rice & Company L.L.C.
Jones Walker LLP
King, Krebs and Jurgen
LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors
Leidenheimer Baking Co./NOLA Holdings, LLC
Liberty Bank and Trust Company
Liskow & Lewis
Loyola University N.O.
MAC Real Estate, LLC
Methodist Health System Foundation.
Murphy Institute – Tulane University
New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans
NOLA Media Group
Ochsner Health System
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Peter Mayer Advertising
Mr. and Mrs. R. Hunter Pierson, Jr.
Port of New Orleans
Premium Parking Service
Reily Foods Company
River Birch LLC
Royal Honda – Vernon Brinson
Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
Standard Mortgage Corporation
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
The Helis Foundation
The Laitram Corporation
The New Orleans Advocate
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Vorhoff CPA, LLC
Mr. Michael B. White and Mr. Terry White
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Pan American Life Center
601 Poydras St.
20th Floor Atrium
State of Louisiana
Commissioner of Administration
Please join us to hear Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne, discuss the state budget crisis, steps toward solvency, and how the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana affects the outlook.
Thanks to IBERIABANK, the Breakfast Briefing is free to the public, but space is limited. We anticipate maximum attendance, so please reply early. Let us know if you plan to attend by Tuesday, September 20. To make a reservation via email, click here or call (504) 525-4152, ext. 108.
Feb 13, 2017
Nov 17, 2016
In On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Taxes, December 10, 2016, BGR examines and takes positions on four dedicated taxes up for renewal: a sales tax for parish sewerage, road and drainage projects, law enforcement and municipal governments in Jefferson; and three property taxes for parish drainage, recreation and public schools.
Oct 20, 2016
In Reducing the Cost of Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Pension Reform in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, BGR explores the changes to public pension benefits policymakers can make to reduce the costs and risks associated with the pension plans. The report is the fourth installment in a series of BGR pension reports.
May 11, 2016
In Convention Center Bill Highlights Need to Rethink Local Taxation, BGR addresses a bill that would grant taxing authority to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s economic development district. The release calls for a comprehensive re-evaluation of Orleans Parish taxes, with an eye toward aligning tax revenues with the city’s most pressing needs.
Apr 27, 2016
In One Plus One: The Dual Authorizer Structure and the Future of New Orleans Schools, BGR seeks to inform lawmakers and the public about the charter authorizing structure in Orleans Parish and the potential risks that accompany a diminished role for the state in charter management. (The report is the second in a series on school governance; the first, The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, is also available on this website.)
Mar 2, 2016
In It’s Time for Common Sense on Nonprofit Exemptions, BGR calls on the Louisiana Legislature to address overly broad language in the state constitution that is costly to both local governments and taxpayers.
Nov 10, 2015
In The $1 Billion Question: Do the Tax Dedications in New Orleans Make Sense? BGR presents a comprehensive picture of where local tax dollars are going in Orleans Parish. The report provides breakdowns of tax dedications by entity and by purpose, and gives examples of problems that can arise when tax dedications are established with little planning and accountability. It also makes recommendations to help ensure existing tax revenues are deployed optimally.