St. Bernard Parish Economic Development . Rebecca Martin Executive Director. 100 Port Blvd., Suite 10 Chalmette, Louisiana 70043 www.stbernardforward.org [email protected] Office: 504-277-4009 Cell: 504-952-2233 Fax: 504-277-4065. Overview.
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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.
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.
2010 Census -- St. Bernard population fell by 47% from 2000 (due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005)
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 SchoolsPublic 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.
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 protectionChalmette High School
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Los Islenos – Original Settlement of St. Bernard Parish
New Farmer’s Market located in Historic Arabi
New Tourism Office and Tourist Center
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