VOIP, Web portals, geographicBy David F. Carr | Posted 2006-03-06 Email Print
City officials saw disaster preparedness as a job for another day. Then Katrina struck. In the six months since the hurricane blew apart the city, New Orleans officials have been improvising a plan to put its information infrastructure back together. Hereinformation systems all play a role in New Orleans' recovery">
City of New Orleans Base Case
HEADQUARTERS: New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112
PHONE: (504) 658-4000
BUSINESS: Governing a major port city known for jazz and its nightlife before 80 percent of the city was flooded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER: Greg Meffert
FINANCIALS: The city is facing a projected deficit of $358.6 million because of vanished tax revenue and increased expenses.
CHALLENGE: Recover from one of the biggest natural disasters in U.S. history. Use technological efficiencies to compensate for the layoffs of more than 3,000 city employees, or about half the municipal workforce.