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Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans Receives FONO's 'Hero of the Storm' Award - June 27, 2008

FONO today announced that Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, a local group responsible for many successful regional reforms post hurricanes Katrina and Rita will receive FONO's 'Hero of the Storm' award.

Formed shortly after the storms in November 2005, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans is a voice for change and renewal for Greater New Orleans and Louisiana. The group serves as a platform and resource for citizens to take action to rebuild Greater New Orleans. Its founders, a group of citizens who were enraged after the state legislature failed to pass levee board reforms after the storms, have brought about positive regional change.

Their successful campaigns include consolidating the many local levee commissions into one, now called The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority; and combining the seven New Orleans assessors’ offices into a single office. Today, they are working to address crime, education and ethics reform, and have helped to create the New Orleans Crime Coalition and Court Watch NOLA as part of these efforts.

Citizens of 1 Greater New Orleans will join the other ‘Hero’ award recipients and will be honored before the national media, key leaders and delegates from across the country at events FONO is planning for the Democrat and Republican national conventions in August and September. The events will celebrate New Orleans by offering participants the chance to sample some of Louisiana’s unique music and cuisine, as well as raise awareness about the state of the region three years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. FONO Board member and actor John Larroquette will host the events, along with John Breaux, James Carville and Donna Brazile at the Democrat convention in Denver, and Billy Tauzin, Tommy Thompson and Mary Matalin at the Republican event in Minneapolis.

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