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New Orleans One Of Americas Fastest Growing Cities

If you are a resident of New Orleans, then you are located in the fastest growing city in America, according to NerdWallet. While the country is still experiencing the harsh backlash from the economic recession and financial deficit, New Orleans is unique in that it’s on the incline and enjoying the benefits.

Why New Orleans is on the rise

This classification was calculated using three factors: population, employment and income. Specifically, population was measured according to the growth in the working age population, employment was measured by the growth in the percentage of employed residents and income was measured by the growth in median income for workers.

Some of the biggest contributing factors to New Orleans’ progressive status NerdWallet cited is their educational improvements, tourism industry and entrepreneurial popularity. According to NerdWallet, “in the past 10 years, the percentage of eighth grade students passing Louisiana’s LEAP test has more than doubled.” Universities in New Orleans are dedicated to public service and civic volunteerism. A great example of this is Tulane University’s GIST program that connects seventh grade girls with female role models and mentors in STEM fields.

New Orleans has become a destination for startup companies in progressive fields like online and technology as well as the film production industry. The emergence of these industries in New Orleans has elevated the level of commerce and in turn poured that much more into the local economy. As a result, business in New Orleans is thriving and better than ever.

If you aren’t already living here, consider moving to an apartment in New Orleans to be part of this thriving community. There are many excellent 1st Lake apartments for rent in the New Orleans area that will position you in the center of all the action.

River Ridge Apartments Throw A Memorial Day Celebration

1st Lake’s apartment communities know how to show their residents a good time. This Memorial Day, two River Ridge apartment communities held their first annual event to celebrate this American holiday.

The Citrus Creek East and Citrus Creek West apartments in River Ridge held a joint Sprinkler Day for Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sprinklers were set up on the communities’ tennis court area, and both children and adults enjoyed cooling off and playing games around the sprinklers on this hot and sunny afternoon. Citrus Creek also provided smaller sprinklers for the younger children, toddlers and babies to enjoy the cool mist. The older children had fun running through the larger sprinklers, and some brought their own water blasters and other toys to play with.

The adults enjoyed the cool sprinkler mist as well, plus a cherished Louisiana summertime tradition – snoballs! Cox Communications sponsored a snoball food truck called Sno 2 Geaux for the residents during Sprinkler Day. Nothing beats this icy sweet treat during a hot summer day. The snoballs were a wonderful surprise for the children and adults alike.

The event was such a hit, that 1st Lake will bring Sprinkler Day back again for a second year in 2014. If you enjoy great residential perks like these, consider being a member of a 1st Lake apartment community. Check out the many apartments for rent in River Ridge and other great neighborhoods in the Greater New Orleans area.

1st Lake Properties Helps Oklahoma Tornado Victims

The team members at 1st Lake Properties are gathering their resources to help the victims of the tragic tornadoes that recently tore through Oklahoma.

It all started with an idea from the grounds maintenance technician at the Sugar Mill West apartment community in Kenner, Tony Vezinat. Tony wanted to provide some help to the Oklahoma tornado victims, stating “I just wanted to give something to these people who have been through such a tragedy.  I feel blessed to have survived Hurricane Katrina and can understand their loss and suffering at this time.”

Bringing his desire to help out the people of Oklahoma to the attention of the Sugar Mill West manager, they formed a company team member challenge to aid the victims. 1st Lake Properties has challenged its team members to donate to the fund that Tony started and in return, they will be able to participate in a “Wear Your Jeans To Work Day,” and of course enjoy the satisfaction of knowing their contribution goes to a very important cause. To cap it off, Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago’s Restaurant donated four gift certificates to add to a drawing for the team members who donate to the fund.

Michele Shane L’Hoste, President of 1st Lake Properties, is impressed by her generous team members. “We have been involved in several community projects, and I am always amazed at our 1st Lake team members’ willingness to give.”

The team member challenge began on June 1 and will run through June 14. If you would like to be a part of a philanthropic community like the ones at 1st Lake Properties who look out for those in need, check out the available apartments in the New Orleans area and contact 1st Lake Properties today!

Kenner Apartments Pay It Forward

Some of 1st Lake Properties’ Kenner apartment residents are up to doing good deeds again. The Lakes of Chateau Estates South apartments in Kenner recently participated in a fashion fundraiser and residents there are currently participating in a cell phone drive benefit through the middle of April.

The residents of The Lakes of Chateau Estates South in Kenner are active altruists, doing their part for others again after making donations to the Coats for Kids Foundation back in December and January. Residents of this Kenner apartment rental community recently participated in the “Paint the Mall Red” fashion show for Heart Health Awareness. Lakes of Chateau Estates South partnered with Sugar Mill apartments in Kenner for the event where speakers and vendors from various businesses were in attendance for the cause. The Lakes of Chateau Estates community offered a Mardi Gras igloo packed with parade essentials for a giveaway at their table.

Currently, the Lakes of Chateau South residents are running a cell phone drive to benefit the Metropolitan Shelter for Women and Children. They are asking for cell phones in any condition to donate to the shelter. The residents have already made generous donations to the shelter which will use the funds raised in the areas that need it most.

The Lakes of Chateau Estates South apartments in Kenner offer a serene, resort style environment with a beautiful private lake bordering the property. While the community is within a short distance from New Orleans, these Kenner apartments offer seclusion from the big city. The interiors are filled with modern appliances and floor plans including bay windows, washer/dryers, fireplaces, storage and more.

1st Lake Properties is currently running a special at the Lakes of Chateau Estates for a free vacation if you rent one of their Kenner apartments today. Call now for details on this special offer!

1st Lake Communities Get A Fresh New Look

Several 1st Lake Properties communities are about to debut a fresh new look. Some exciting renovations have been underway to creatively expand the interior space at many New Orleans area apartment rentals and to give the exteriors a facelift.

Current and prospective residents will be delighted to find extra space converted into sunrooms, offering plenty of natural light and nice outdoor views. These improvements have been made to the Cypress Creek and Willow Creek apartments in River Ridge, the Lakes of Chateau Estates South apartments in Kenner as well as the Camelot Court and Windmill Creek North Metairie apartment rentals. Also included in the Windmill Creek renovations are washers and dryers in each apartment for added convenience.

Residents of these apartments will be able to use this new space for a number of purposes, whether it’s for a guest room, office space or reading room. The new additions don’t stop there. In addition to these extra sunrooms, each building has been resided and repainted with new colors, with even more beautiful outdoor landscaping.

Now residents will have even more to enjoy at home at the rustic and peaceful New Orleans area apartments both very conveniently located in great neighborhoods close to New Orleans.