Returning for a fourth year, the Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy will bring together economic development practitioners, the business community, elected officials, and thought leaders for two days focused on building a stronger economy.

Event Details


October 22 – 23, 2019


L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge
777 L’Auberge Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Discounted room rates are available for Summit attendees on a first-come, first-served basis the evening of Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. Accommodations are limited.

Discounted room rate: $109
Hotel Reservations: 1-866-261-7777
Group code: RBRC19
Room reservations available until October 1, 2019


Prices will increase on August 2. Ticket pricing includes access to programming for both days of the Summit, the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, and networking reception.

Regular Registration (expires September 30)
Individual two-day ticket: $220
Reserved table of 10: $2,200

Late Registration
Individual two-day ticket: $260
Reserved table of 10: $2,600

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Registration ONLY
Individual forum ticket: $50

Agenda at a Glance

Day One: October 22
New this year, the Summit will kick off with a day of breakout sessions and workshops for interactive problem solving and bench marking.

Close out the first night with a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum and networking reception, complimentary for Summit attendees.

Day Two: October 23
Anchored by a keynote address by Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, the second day of the Summit will feature presentations, panels, and thought leadership on economic development issues impacting communities around the state.


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

Welcome Address

Economic Development in the Age of New Localism 

Federal Trade Myths and their Impact on Louisiana’s Economy 

Accelerating Inclusive Entrepreneurship: The Opportunity and Challenge

Maintaining a Growing Economy: Policy Opportunities and Challenges

Top Mistakes Places Make: A Site Selector’s Perspective


Interested in sponsoring the Statewide Economic Development Summit? Contact Michelle Mahaffey at