RELEASE: Mayor Landrieu To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017
Contact: D’Seante Parks
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mayor Landrieu Will Receive The Award At the True Blue Gala
Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that Mayor Mitch Landrieu will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the True Blue Gala on Saturday, August 26th. Each year the party honors leaders who have given freely of themselves to make this world better for others.
“Mayor Landrieu has consistently been a strong leader in our community,” said Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “During his tenure as mayor, the city has made great improvements due to the high ethical standards he implemented in city contracting, and his prioritization of public safety and fiscal responsibility. Though we know this is just the beginning of his work in public service, we couldn’t think of a better person to honor this year.”
Landrieu is entering the final year of his second and final term as Mayor of New Orleans. In May 2010, when Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans , the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one of America’s greatest comeback stories. He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and critical infrastructure. Landrieu brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the City’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in development. His top priority has been public safety– reforming the police department and implementing a comprehensive murder reduction strategy. Landrieu served as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor for two terms. Prior to that he served 16 years in the Louisiana Legislature. In 2015, Landrieu was named Public Official of the Year by Governing. Inducted in June 2017, he currently serves as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Senator John Breaux, Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Kathleen Blanco, Felicia Kahn, and Elsie Burkhalter.
The True Blue Gala will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LouisianaDemocrats.org.