Harahan's Resilience and Progress: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments and Optimism
Updated: Mar 23
As we reflect on the past year, it becomes evident that despite facing numerous challenges, including two hurricanes, and a pandemic, our city is now better prepared for the future than ever before. This progress has been made possible through collaboration with Parish officials, our representatives in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C., and our private sector partners, making the uphill battle more manageable.
Our dedicated City Hall team has played a crucial role in our community's betterment, earning recognition at two separate Parish events – one in Jefferson Parish and another in Washington, D.C. Their hard work and positive spirit are truly contagious.
Let's take a moment to acknowledge some of the incredible achievements from the past year:
Successful launch of the inaugural Restaurant Week
Another fantastic Harahan Music Festival despite challenging weather
Steady growth in sales tax revenue, breaking year-to-date records almost every month
Completion of the largest infrastructure project in decades – the Wilson Street Project – ahead of schedule
Takeover of the Sewer Plant, leading to long-term savings for the city
Official announcement of the Zeringue Park Revitalization Project
Establishment of the "Harahan Art Fund" for beautification projects
Exploration of Friendship City Agreements with international communities similar to Harahan
Commencement of work on the city's ballfields with various upgrades planned for 2023
Senior Center improvements, including roof and awning repairs, and kitchen remodel planned for 2023
Initiation of a city-wide Wayfinding signage campaign
Submission of over $11 million in reimbursement and replacement costs from Hurricane Ida, with funds now being received
Submission of over $6.2 million in Capital Outlay for the upcoming session
Receipt of a $256,000 Federal Reimbursement grant for infrastructure and an additional ~$525,000 in 2022 Capital Outlay
With the unwavering dedication and positive outlook of our team, 2023 is shaping up to be another remarkable year for Harahan. Please read the 2022 Harahan Annual Report for more detail on Harahan's accomplishments in 2022.