Returning for a third year, the Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy will bring together economic development practitioners, the business community, elected officials, and thought leaders for a day focused on building a stronger economy. Presentations from national and local speakers will spotlight best practices and big ideas for the future of economic development.

Event Details

Statewide Economic Development Summit, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Networking Reception Monday, February 26, 2018 • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

New this year, the Summit will feature a cocktail networking event the evening before the main program. During the registration process, attendees will have the option of adding a ticket for the networking reception ($10/person).


L’Auberge Casino Hotel
777 L’Auberge Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Discounted room rates will be available for Summit attendees the evening of Monday, February 26, 2018 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel.

Discounted room rate: $119
Hotel Reservations: 1-866-261-7777
Group code: RBRAC


Online registration will be available until the event is sold out or 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 22.

Individual Summit ticket $90
Reserved Summit table of ten $900
Individual networking reception ticket $10


More speakers to be announced. Check back frequently or follow BRAC on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor,
Harvard Business School

Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor of Louisiana,
Office of the Governor

Joseph Parilla

Brookings Fellow,
Brookings Institution

Gray Swoope

President & Chief Executive Officer,
VisionFirst Advisors

Don Pierson


John Jones

Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations,

Michael Hayes

Government & Industry Affairs Manager,
Sasol North America

Terrell Boynton

Director of New Orleans Digital Transformation Center,
DXC Technology

Rebecca Gehman

Director of Talent Attraction,
Development Counsellors International

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

Mayor-President of Baton Rouge,
Office of the Mayor-President

Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell

Mayor-Elect of New Orleans

Mayor Ronny Walker

Mayor of Ruston,
City of Ruston


View the full 2018 Summit agenda. Check back frequently for speaker updates, presentation announcements and all other event details.