Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni hopes you love going to the Office of Motor Vehicles. Not just any OMV, but the new one that recently opened in Kenner’s Rivertown.
“I look at this as a major economic engine for this area. It’s one of the biggest things we have to draw a lot of people in,” Yenni said.
Yenni hopes people who handle their driver’s license business at the new OMV will also notice the restaurants, galleries and other businesses in Rivertown. He thinks people will return to enjoy the rest of what Rivertown has to offer. He’s also hoping the area can receive Main Street Community recognition, which could lead the way for grants and tax incentives for further revitalization in the area.
Also at Wednesday afternoon’s OMV ribbon cutting ceremony was Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne who shares Yenni’s hopes for Rivertown.
“I think the mayor and his staff have done an excellent job of being poised to become a Main Street Community. And I think that does have the potential to bring people here,” Dardenne said.
The Commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles, Stephen Campbell, also attended the ceremony. He said Louisiana is dealing with severe budget issues but the state is still doing what it can to modernize the OMV.
Some states offer everything from telephone reservations to smart phone apps for drivers. Campbell says people who want to avoid the wait at the OMV in Louisiana have other options.
“Check our website and go out there and look at the things you can do online that don’t necessitate you come into an office,” Campbell said.