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About The Coastal Index Dashboard

In 2007, Louisianans developed the country’s first Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration. Leaders project that billions of dollars will be spent on the coast over 50 years, including federal and state investments, and penalties from the BP oil spill. Such a massive investment of funds has the potential to catalyze the development of a new economic cluster. The purpose of The Coastal Index is to begin to quantify the size of the water management sector in Southeast Louisiana and to assess the strength of key factors known to affect the formation of vibrant economic clusters. In addition, it highlights how wetland deterioration has altered the social geography of the region. This Coastal Index dashboard provides the most up-to-date data for the indicators published in the original Coastal Index publications. For more background and analysis, be sure to read The Coastal Index available at this link.

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The Data Center, a project of Nonprofit Knowledge Works, is the most trusted resource for data about greater New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. Founded in 1997, we provide fully independent research and analysis to offer a comprehensive look at issues that matter most to our region. Our work makes available a toolbox of fact-driven, well-researched data that moves beyond anecdotal experiences to uncover root causes for our region’s challenges. With a mission of democratizing data, The Data Center has, and continues to be, an objective partner in bringing reliable, thoroughly researched data to conversations about building a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable region.

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The Data Center would like thank the staff of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District for their time and expertise in sharing data on contracting and answering follow-up questions. Thanks also to the advisory committee for the 2017 Coastal Index for leadership, insight, and contribution to the content included in the Coastal Index Dashboard.