There are over 145 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. These entities vary in their origin, operation, and oversight, and they accumulate over time.
The NOLA Satellite Government is an ongoing and interactive project of research and transparency in city government.


With this website we seek to provide in one location a database with accurate and comprehensive information on the system of satellite government that operates in New Orleans. We understand satellite government to be the diverse array of boards, commissions, public trusts, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities. We distinguish between these satellite entities and core agencies and departments of city government, which are not included in this database. We have also not included entities that are essentially subcontractors for the city.

For an entity to be considered a satellite, it must satisfy one or more of the following characteristics:

(1) They were created by local or state law.
(2) They expend significant public funds, acquired either through revenue-raising powers of their own or via appropriations or grants received from or on behalf of city government.
(3) They depend on government agents or appointees for some members of their boards or administrations.
(4) They are regulated by public rules for their operations, staffing, budgeting, or oversight.