The City of Natchitoches Office of Community Development oversees capital projects that enhance the community. Such projects include the oversight of the recent rehabilitation of Front Street, sign installation and the renovation of City Hall. The department is responsible for preparing and tracking annual Capital Outlay Budget requests to the State of Louisiana for infrastructure improvements.
The Office of Community Development serves as the City’s economic development liaison, helping developers find suitable properties, infrastructure and incentives for their projects. Community Development works directly with the Natchitoches Economic Development Commission to foster development opportunities in the area. To learn more about such opportunities, please visit www.natchitochesonthemove.com.
The City’s beautification crew, maintenance crew and carpentry shop fall within the department’s responsibility. A licensed horticulturist and assistant are responsible for the landscaping and upkeep of City properties including the Natchitoches Events Center, gateway entrance signs and hanging flower baskets found in the Natchitoches Historic District. Maintenance staff members are responsible for making repairs to City-owned buildings and properties. The department is routinely assisted in their efforts through an inmate crew from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
The City of Natchitoches Office of Community Development is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Natchitoches Events Center
The Natchitoches Events Center, a 40,000 square foot convention and events facility, is under the supervision of the Office of Community Development. For more information about the Natchitoches Events Center, please call (877) 238-7502 or click here www.natchitocheseventscenter.com.
Natchitoches Arts Council
The Natchitoches Arts Council is housed within the Office of Community Development. The Arts Council is a volunteer organization whose objective is to enhance the arts and promote Natchitoches as a cultural and artistic center of high quality.
One of the main functions of the Natchitoches Arts Council is the selection and sale of the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster, which first began in 1980. One poster is selected annually and sold in celebration of the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival and Festival of Lights.
Posters are on sale for $35 each and miniature versions of the poster are sold for $3 each. Through the years, proceeds from the poster sales have benefited such groups as the Natchitoches Art Guild, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony and community theater. Funds that are raised also provide scholarships to students at Northwestern State University pursuing a degree in creative and performing arts. Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis to upper-level students who are pursuing a degree in Fine Arts, Music or Theater.
Previous year posters are still available for purchase in limited quantities. To view previous posters, please click here. For more information or to purchase a Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster, please call the Office of Community Development at (318) 357-3838 or complete a poster order form and return to the Natchitoches Arts Council. To view a poster order form, click here.