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St. Bernard Parish Economic Development . Rebecca Martin Executive Director. 100 Port Blvd., Suite 10 Chalmette, Louisiana 70043 [email protected] Office:  504-277-4009 Cell:  504-952-2233 Fax:  504-277-4065. Overview.

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St bernard parish economic development
St. Bernard Parish Economic Development

Rebecca MartinExecutive Director

100 Port Blvd., Suite 10

Chalmette, Louisiana 70043

[email protected]

Office:  504-277-4009

Cell:  504-952-2233

Fax:  504-277-4065


St. Bernard Parish is located in the Southeastern part of Louisiana just four miles from Downtown New Orleans and borders Orleans and Plaquemines Parishes. Largely surrounded by water and marshland, St. Bernard includes 465 square miles of land and boasts one of the largest and richest wetland ecosystems in North America. Wildlife, fisheries, and agriculture have always influenced the culture of our region, and with the growth and expansion of New Orleans, St. Bernard has come to develop a major industrial and petrochemical industry, as well as increased port, commercial, and retail businesses. St. Bernard Parish’s population is currently estimated at 36,000 and includes the communities of Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux, Violet, Caernarvon, Contreras, Delacroix Island, Hopedale, Kenilworth, Poydras, Reggio, Sebastopol, Shell Beach, Toca, Verret, and Yscloskey.

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Profile Summary

St. Bernard Parish turned in the strongest rate of growth statewide from mid-2008 to mid-2009. Its mid-2009 estimate of 40,655 residents marks a boost of nearly 3,000 people since mid-2008, an 8 percent increase.

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Profile Summary

2010 Census -- St. Bernard population fell by 47% from 2000 (due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005)

Public education

St. Bernard Parish School Superintendent, Doris Voitier, 2007 recipient of the JFKProfiles In Courage Award, received at the JFK Presidential Library

Universal 4-Year Old Program

11 Primary & Secondary Schools

Full Cultural Arts and Athletic Programs at Each School

All 2nd Graders Learn to Swim

21st Century Technology in Every Classroom

Maumus Center--under design—Katrina Museum, Planetarium, Interactive Science Exhibits focusing on study of storm surge, wetlands, and hurricanes

Full Districts Accreditation with Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)

3 Private Schools

Public Education

Primary and secondary education

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools experienced outstanding academic growth since Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard was the only school district in Louisiana to see all of its schools meet their state required growth targets. The district was also 1st in the increase of the percentage of schools scoring a performance score of 100 or more and experienced the 3rd highest academic growth rate among all state public school districts.

Chalmette high school

9 2007 recipient of the th Grade Academy – achieving a 95% graduation rate

School Based Health Care Center—named among best in state

Nationally Recognized Pre-Engineering Program

Comprehensive Cultural Arts and Athletic Programs

Honors Classes/Advanced Placement Courses and Dual Enrollment with Nunez Community College (approx 500 students per semester)

2010—Approximately 50% of Graduates Received TOPS Scholarships and Received over $4 million in Academic Scholarships

Industry Based Certifications including Pharmacy Tech

High School Program aimed at restoring wetlands, storm surge protection

Chalmette High School

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Chalmette High School 2007 recipient of the

In 2009 & 2010 U.S. News and World Report CHS was named one of America’s best high schools based on test scores and other factors. CHS earned a bronze medal as one of 39 schools in Louisiana to make the list, and one of only 4 in the state's largest football classification, 5A.

State-of-the-Art Physical Fitness Equipment and Programs –synthetic turf installed on playing field

350 Seat Cultural Arts Center Theater

2 Libraries—Chalmette High School and Parish Public Library

Nunez community college
NUNEZ COMMUNITY College 2007 recipient of the

1 of 7 in the state

Approx 2000 students per semester

Dual Enrollments with Chalmette High (approx 500 students per semester)

Articulation agreements & concurrent enrollment with area four-year institutions

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Nunez Community College 2007 recipient of the

Industrial Tech Program (PTECH) first of its kind accredited by Association of Technical Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE—formerly NAIT)

Conoco Philips—750 applicants—150 interviewed—10 of 15 hired were Nunez PTEC H Graduates

State –of-the-Art Labs—Nursing, Biology, Welding, HVAC, Electrical, and Culinary Arts

Joint Program with Tulane University—Distillation Towers (PTECH)

Quality of life

  • Medical Services 2007 recipient of the

  • Public Safety

  • Housing

  • Recreation

  • Tourism and Culture


Medical services
Medical Services 2007 recipient of the

St. Bernard Parish Hospital Services District

40 Bed Hospital and 40,000 sq ft Medical Office Complex

(completion early 2012)

All funds secured by State & Federal Grants

Public safety
Public Safety 2007 recipient of the

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

St. Bernard Parish boast the safest, low crime, community in the State of Louisiana (according to Neighborhood Scout a national Realtor relocation advisor)

St. Bernard Parish Fire Department

State of the Art Fire Stations – All stations rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina

Housing 2007 recipient of the

St. Bernard provides housing opportunities from moderate to upscale development.

St. Bernard boasts the most affordable home market in Metropolitan New Orleans

Average house cost St. Bernard is $102,000 (1300-1500 sq ft 50’ X 100’ lot)

Average Cost of 2500-3500 sqft$250,000

Recreation 2007 recipient of the

Val-Riess Park

All new facilities—bike trails along levees, State of the Art Tournament Fields for soccer, football, baseball

Summer Activities for non sport participating children available

Tourism and culture
Tourism and Culture 2007 recipient of the

We are 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans!

Chalmette Battlefield & National Cemetery

St. Bernard State Park – fishing, hiking, swimming, camping

Batture over looking the Mississippi River

Redfish Cup

Los Islenos – Original Settlement of St. Bernard Parish

New Farmer’s Market located in Historic Arabi

New Tourism Office and Tourist Center

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St. Bernard Parish Economic Development 2007 recipient of the

St. Bernard Port – Home of acres of potential Industrial access to Mississippi River, Rail & Truck.

Industrial : Murphy of USA , Chalmette Refining, LLC, Amstar Sugar Refinery