Great Places Award - Jena, LA

Jena Municipal Office

Jena receives 2013 'Great Places in Louisiana' award

The annual awards program, now in its fourth year, recognizes organizations, communities and local governments that are working to make their community livable for people of all ages and abilities.

The judges' panel was comprised of seven national experts and professionals from a variety of fields who closely evaluated each nomination using specific criteria that defines a livable community or community program. Judges critiqued affordability, accessibility, community engagement, walkability, and public transit among other measures.

The Town of Jena was recognized and awarded for it's growth plan 'Jena's Vision'

  • A plan to widen US 84 and bypass this small town galvanized community leaders and residents to rethink Jena's growth and vitality. Community leaders and residents came together to create a strategic plan for the town called Jena's Vision.
  • Jena's Vision plan successfully implemented a pilot streetscape project with the LA Department of Transportation and Development and a seven mile walking and biking trail that connects the Senior Citizens Center, The Council on Aging, a fitness center, a farmers market and a community garden.
  • After a lengthy public hearing process about US 84 bypassing the town, the LA Department of Transportation and city officials worked together to create a couplet plan and keep downtown a vibrant place.
  • Jena's Vision also helped bring a new elementary school to a site immediately adjacent to downtown and accessible to all seven miles of Jena's Vision Trail.
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