Posted October 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM by Amanda Frentz
Bob Becker, CEO
Today New Orleans City Park’s CEO, Bob Becker, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research. The Excellence in Government Awards took place at the The Westin Canal Place.
Established in 1994, the BGR recognizes government employees for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving. Winners have a minimum of 15 years in service and are dedicated public employees who deserve great recognition for their accomplishments.
Bob took the helm of City Park in 2001, at a time when the Park was facing difficult financial circumstances.
In early 2005, Bob led the team to create the Park’s Master Plan for the future: City Park 2018.
He was at the helm in August of 2005, when hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees, in his words, ‘annihilated the Park.’ He led the team to push through the devastation and to keep pushing the Master Plan forward. Bob made a vow saying, “We’re going to make it better than it was before. We’re going to build a world class Park.” The Master Plan called for money to be raised and improvements to be made. A target date of 2018 tied the plan to the city of New Orleans’ 300th birthday.
Bob is still at the Park’s helm pushing forward. At the employee lunch marking the 5th Anniversary of Katrina Bob said, “People like to get behind winners. City Park is a winner.” We should all strive to be winners like Bob Becker. New Orleans City Park is proud to call Bob our leader. Congratulations Bob Becker!
Please click here to learn more about the Park's Master Plan.
Who is the Bureau of Governmental Research?
Good government requires constant vigilance on the part of the governed. That’s where BGR can help. They are an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to gathering information on government and other public issues. Their research professionals analyze government policies, finance, management, and administration, and present the facts to the public. They shed light on complex issues and facilitate productive debate, thereby encouraging excellence in the various governments operating in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. They arm you with the information you need to make decisions about the future and well-being of our region.