Our Progress

The City of New Roads continues to offer more economic opportunities and a better quality of life for those living and working here!

Tourism continues to be our city’s focal point.  We host thousands of visitors each year at our many festivals, restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.  The Harvest Festival has become our signature event, bringing in 60,000 people each October and generating more than $750,000 in economic benefit.  Our beautiful city is also home to several triathlon competitions, one of the state’s largest car shows, and the popular Market at the Mill and Fourth of July boat parade and music festival.

The city has begun implementing its newly approved Comprehensive Master Plan, which will further bolster our economic development efforts and improve public services.  Development and implementation of the plan is being funded by a $250,000 state grant.

The city is currently promoting an industrial site for investment. See the video to learn more:

We recently announced construction of a new $4.6 million Best Western hotel, which will be located on Memorial Boulevard.  The new franchised facility will created more lodging capacity with conference space, as well as new jobs.  Our city will soon complete construction of its third road in as many years, continuing to enhance local infrastructure, making our city safer and easier to navigate.  And we recently announced plans for the investment of $8 million in the construction of a new development for 48 single and multi-family homes.

The city has also taken steps to assure its financial stability by taking over its own power plant operations and securing a wholesale power purchase arrangement with NRG, one of the nation’s leading energy producers.  NRG is local Fortune 200 Company that manages a local office and oversees two power plants in the area.  We are proud to partner with a local employer that is seeking new ways to invest in our community.

At the same time, our city is providing employment opportunities through our summer employment programs.  This is the 13th year the city has sponsored the youth program and third year of the senior citizen program.  Both employment programs offer qualified individuals up to 20 hours of paid employment per week for a six-week period during the months of June and July.

More than ever before, New Roads is the place to be!

4John James Audubon Bridge Opens (The Advocate news story)