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 corridor by promoting the economic, residential, and cultural development of its diverse surrounding neighborhoods. We do community development for collective impact.
As a state-designated Main Street, Broad Community Connections is working to address long-standing needs on the historic corridor—many of which existed prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Broad Street runs through several of the city’s most vibrant and culture-bearing neighborhoods, including the Treme, Mid-City and Lower Mid-City, Faubourg St. John, and the 7th Ward. Some of the organization’s projects include The ReFresh Project, an innovative fresh food hub at Broad and Bienville Streets, The Iconic Signage Project, an ongoing partnership with local artists and businesses which provides businesses with neon signs reminiscent of the corridor’s heyday as a primary route into New Orleans, and several zoning and beautification projects which have supported the revitalization of the corridor.
Broad Community Connections has been an accredited 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.
Broad Community Connection’s mission is to revitalize Broad Street from Tulane Avenue to Bayou Road as a vibrant commercial district, bringing together the surrounding neighborhoods and promoting their economic, residential, and cultural development.
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.
Commercial Revitalization Coordinator
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.