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For New Orleans to become a world-class city, and for the region and State to progress, we must overcome critical challenges. Forward New Orleans provides a mandate to city leadership on the most significant of those challenges. This document was created by more than 30 civic, neighborhood and business organizations that represent the diverse landscape of New Orleans. These organizations are unified in expecting city leaders to manage toward, and strive for, excellence in city government.
Forward New Orleans imposes an overriding requirement of redirecting city government toward reform. It embodies the cornerstones of all effective government: accountability, transparency, efficiency and the appropriate exercise of fiduciary responsibility. We want our elected officials to be committed to these principles.
During the 2010 campaign, representatives from Forward New Orleans asked each of the Mayoral and City Council candidates to pledge their support for the reform mandates outlined in the Forward New Orleans platform
. Almost unanimously, our newly elected officials signed the pledge during their candidacy
Forward New Orleans has continued to monitor the Administration and City Council’s progress since the 2010 election, routinely publishing the results of its assessment. You can read the Second Progress Report, a review of the Administration’s efforts, from May 2011 here.
In February 2012, a Third Progress Report was published to assess the actions of the City Council with regard to the Forward New Orleans principles. The results are encouraging and we commend the Council for taking positive steps to support the mandates in the Forward New Orleans platform. We remain encouraged that we are receiving real change that is motivated by a desire to achieve effective government.
The Fourth Progress Report, issued September 2013, is our final assessment before the next round of municipal elections. We conclude this endeavor with the same level of optimism that we had at the start and congratulate our elected officials, our coalition members, and the many citizens who remain informed and engaged.
We ask that you join us in presenting Forward New Orleans as the collective will of the citizenry and to require our elected officials to continue moving toward accomplishing these mandates. This time we must be certain our officials are aligned with principled reform. This time we must move our New Orleans forward.