Support Small Business Saturday 11/25

As a culture-based economic driver, the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District represents the historical legacy of the N. Claiborne commercial corridor and the transformational vision of community-led solutions.

With the first Phase of the CCID project near completion, Ujamaa EDC is thrilled to host its first event in the new “CID Backatown Plaza” as part of the nation’s Small Business Saturday shop local campaign. Funded partly by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the CID marketplace offers custom kiosks, enhanced green infrastructure, new lighting and sewage connections and convenience sinks for its vendors. The Small Business Saturday pop-up event will have a live DJ, two live art installations, and 25 local vendors representing a diverse array of retail, food, arts, crafts, and New Orleans specialty items. 

Date:            Saturday, November 25, 2023  Time:               11am – 5pm 

Location:            Orleans & N. Claiborne Avenue –“Under the Bridge” 

Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District

An extension of the Ujamaa Economic Development Corporation, the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District (CID) is a 19-Block transformation of the elevated I-10 expressway along Claiborne Avenue from Canal Street to St. Bernard Avenue in New Orleans. Under Executive Director Nyree Ramsey’s leadership, the Ujamaa Economic Development Corporation was organized with a mission of equitable redevelopment of the Claiborne Corridor and adjacent communities. Built with green infrastructure, in addition to being a world-class market with arts, crafts, produce, and seafood vendors, the CID includes classrooms and exhibit space, interactive technology, and educational demonstrations. It will be a site for youth programming, health, environmental, and social services, community projects, workshops, and special events for the residents of the Claiborne Corridor.

As a culture-based economic driver, the CID supports native entrepreneurs and culture bearers in achieving equitable and sustainable community development goals. With a foundation of innovation, it is a resident-driven effort focused on providing direct pathways to business ownership, workforce development, and community capacity building through fulfilling the need for neighborhood serving retail and enhanced neighborhood services.