Council passes “Hire NOLA” policy for city contractors

Council passes “Hire NOLA” policy for city contractors


With a unanimous vote, the New Orleans City Council passed Mayor Mitch Landrieu's "Hire NOLA" policy Thursday.

It requires companies who sign contracts with the City of New Orleans to use city agencies to recruit Orleans Parish residents and disadvantaged workers when they hire new employees.

Private businesses, unions, and contractor associations support the ordinance, according to senior advisor for economic opportunity, Ashleigh Gardere.

"The mayor's goal is that the people of New Orleans rebuild New Orleans and so we have to pick a measure that really ensures that people are participating," Gardere said.

The ordinance establishes partnerships with several local and national organizations to connect job seekers with positions available, including:

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans:

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana:

The city will also create a new agency to be called “Strive New Orleans.”