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Happy New Year from Green Coast

By Green Coast on 31 Dec 2013

This has been a year of significant change and accomplishment for Green Coast Enterprises. As we look forward to a New Year, we wanted to thank our clients, lenders, investors, tenants, friends, and partners for the opportunity to work with you to make New Orleans and the Southeast a better place to live and work. We also wanted to comment on what has past and where we are headed.

First, we had some significant staffing changes in the last year. We said goodbye to our partner and co-founder Reuben Teague, who returned to New York to pursue new opportunities with Prudential Social Investments. We also saw long-time GCE staffers Rebecca McGilvray and Zach Lamb move on to new opportunities. And in the wake of these departures, we have reshaped and grown the company adding an exciting new set of team members to carry our work forward. We have already profiled Jackie Dadakis, the Managing Director of GCE Services, in this blog. We will be profiling other newer staff and partners in the coming days including: Ramsey Green, Alexandra Snedeker, Joe Ryan, Gina LaMacchia, Frank Burkhardt, Darcelle Hull, Stephanie Mezynski, and Greta Garner.

We also saw some very exciting physical accomplishments in the last year. First, our Community Green development at Washington and Broad is now finished and occupied by local businesses and a social enterprise incubator, not to mention ourselves. In addition, we have benchmarked and inventoried every public building in New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. We have completed our first of several historic retrofit projects, turning a blighted duplex into a home that is now happily occupied. We have saved Wilson Charter School thousands of dollars on their utility bills, and have begun helping the Recovery School District to lower the bills for several more schools. We have begun redeveloping an abandoned high-rise in downtown New Orleans with our partner the Crescent City Community Land Trust, creating an affordable, mixed-use building while preserving the beauty of the original structure.

While I am proud of our accomplishments, I realize that none of this would have been possible without the help of all of you. So as this year draws to a close, we thank you for all of your support. Whether you have been an investor, tenant, client, partner, or a cheerleader, we appreciate each and every member of the Green Coast family, and hope that you will continue to work with us as we transform New Orleans and the Southeast. Together, we can accomplish bigger and better things in 2014. Happy New Year!

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