Economic Opportunity

As New Orleans earns more federal and state funding for coastal protection, there are growing demands for trained labor in the water management sector. Click the links below to learn more about workforce training opportunities, higher education credentials, and trends and data related to the growth of the local water sector.


 
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WORKFORCE TRAINING

 

Youth Training


Louisiana Green Corps

Louisiana Green Corps and Home by Hand created the New Orleans Stormwater Training Corps to prepare opportunity youth for careers in green infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Groundwork New Orleans

Groundwork New Orleans prepares teenagers and young adults for careers in green infrastructure through their Green Team and Ground Crew programs. Participants gain training and earn income. Learn more here.

Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses


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Groundwork New Orleans prepares teenagers and young adults for careers in green infrastructure through their Green Team and Ground Crew programs. Participants gain training and earn income. Learn more here.

Propeller Water Challenge

Propeller, a local small business incubator, hosts their yearly Water Challenge as an opportunity to explore solutions to Louisiana’s water problems through entrepreneurship. To learn more about how to get involved in the Water Challenge, click here.

 
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HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Local University Programs


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The University of New Orleans offers two graduate level certificate programs related to coastal water management: the Graduate Coastal Engineering Certificate and the Graduate Coastal Sciences Certificate. Courses are taught both online and in-classroom, and certificates are earned after completing the required four courses (12 credit hours). Learn more about the programs here.

Dillard Urban Water management certificate program

Dillard University is the first in the state to offer a a graduate certificate program in Urban Water Management. This program aims to prepare individuals for a future career path in water management with government agencies and private industries. Courses completed in the certificate program can count as general electives at Dillard University, regardless of a student’s major. Learn more here.


 
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TRENDS & DATA

 

Data Reports


State of the SEctor: Water Management 2016

Greater New Orleans Inc., which focuses on regional economic development, released the second report in a series known as State of the Sector, which follows trends in the local workforce and labor demands. In 2016, GNO Inc. found that the water sector is expected to increase by as much as 23% over the next decade, depicting a growing demand for middle skill jobs and an opportunity for citizens. Read the full report here.

the coastal index: june 2017

With an influx of state and federal funding devoted to coastal protection and redevelopment, the Data Center sought out to quantify the current state of Louisiana’s water sector in order to predict industry growth and labor demands. To learn more about the growth and development of the coastal water sector, read the report here.

Sectoral shift: an unprecedented opportunity in water management

This report by Greater New Orleans Inc. not only examines predicted growth trends in the water sector over the next ten years, but also offers a series of recommendations and pathways to ensure that New Orleanians are the most qualified candidates for job openings in water management. In order to develop a trained workforce, there must be credentials and workforce trainings offered through local universities and organizations. Learn more here.