Broad Community Connections is a community development organization revitalizing Broad Street by promoting the development of its diverse neighborhoods.
Broad Community Connections is a non-profit, community development organization devoted to revitalizing the Broad Street as a vibrant, equitable, and inclusive commercial corridor by promoting the health and economic, residential, and cultural development of its diverse surrounding neighborhoods.
Broad Community Connections works to build community capacity and address structural challenges on the historic Broad Street corridor, which runs through several of the city’s most vibrant and culture-bearing neighborhoods, including the Tremé, Mid-City and Lower Mid-City, Faubourg St. John, and the 7th Ward.
We utilize three broad (get it?) strategies to achieve our mission: we convene partners and community members to build capacity and encourage accountability; we develop and lead high-impact direct programming; and we are thought-leaders on a range of policy and advocacy fronts for issues that affect the Broad Street neighborhoods and communities like them throughout New Orleans.
Broad Community Connections was founded and received its 501(c)(3) designation in 2008 in order to address long-standing community revitalization needs that were only exacerbated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization was deliberately constituted to be as inclusive, equitable, and expansive as possible, and the composition of its Board of Directors and the range of BCC’s programming continues to reflect that aspiration.
We have developed $35M in high-impact community real estate development projects, including the ReFresh Project, a community health hub, and the Rose Collaborative; helped to organize and support over 120 small businesses in the Broad Street commercial corridor; produced a range of community events, including the Broad Flea, the Broad Street Brewhaha, the Bayou Road Community Bike Fest, and NOLA Drive-In and other community movie nights. We created The Iconic Signage Project, an ongoing partnership with local artists and businesses which provides businesses and organizations with neon signs reminiscent of the corridor’s heyday, and we have also advocated for and supported the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority's Façade Renew program, which has invested $1M to improve small businesses and properties on Broad and Bayou Road. BCC has also led a number of planning and land use efforts, including preserving historic commercial buildings, supporting residents to shape investment and development in their neighborhood, and beautify the Broad Street communities (we've planted over 150 trees on Broad and in the surrounding neighborhoods).
Broad Community Connections is the state-designated Main Street on Broad Street, and has been accredited as a Main Street organization since 2009. Main Street is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and focuses on transforming the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts through neighborhood organization and partnerships; promoting community pride and the uniqueness of the neighborhood; urban design for a safe, inviting environment; and strengthening and diversifying economic assets.
ReFresh Community Engagement Coordinator
VISTA Commercial Revitalization Coordinator
ReFresh Community Farm and Market Fellow
Board of Directors
Broad Community Connections’ board came together to deliberately draw together the diverse set of interests and stakeholders on Broad Street and in the surrounding communities, including the businesses and property owners, residents, organizations, and institutions.