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Baton Rouge area projected to add 5,100 jobs in 2019, chamber’s analysis says

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge area is projected to add 5,100 jobs in 2019, with low unemployment, rising incomes and population gains in play.

Capital Region Median Income at All-time High

Baton Rouge, La. (December 13, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today presented its 2019 Economic Outlook at its Regional Stakeholders Breakfast.

Money for fixing Baton Rouge roads, new mental health facility OK’d by voters

The Advocate – A pair of tax proposals for road improvements and a mental health facility cruised to easy victories in Saturday’s election.

Ahead of road tax election, BRAC says traffic tops list of issues in Baton Rouge

The Advocate – Traffic is the top obstacle for business growth in the Capital Region for the third straight year, according to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s 2019 Economic Outlook.

Biggest concern for Baton Rouge business owners? Traffic.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – For the third year in a row, a Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) survey indicates business owners think the biggest obstacle in the way of economic growth in Baton Rouge is traffic.

Three Years Running, Traffic is the Biggest Obstacle to Economic Growth

Baton Rouge, La. (December 6, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released a key finding from its 2019 Economic Outlook report citing traffic as the top obstacle for business growth in the Capital Region. This

Incubator inclusion: Research Park, Innovation Park looking at collaboration

Business Report – The Research Park Corporation, LSU and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber have retained local consulting firm Emergent Method to study ways the RPC and LSU’s Innovation Park can work together more closely in an effort to create a better “entrepreneurial ecosystem” in Baton Rouge.

LSU has grown in these entrepreneurship metrics, study says

The Advocate – LSU has seen “significant” growth in several entrepreneurship and innovation metrics, including invention disclosures and patent applications, in recent years, according to a new report from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

BRAC report: LSU innovation culture is improving

Business Report – On the heels of Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, which wrapped up Friday, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber this morning released its annual entrepreneurship and innovation report that shows LSU saw significant growth in invention disclosures received, new patent applications filed and issued U.S. patents between 2012 and 2016.

BRAC Releases Report on LSU Tech Transfer

Baton Rouge, La. (November 19, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published its annual entrepreneurship and innovation report, focusing its attention on Louisiana State University’s (LSU) performance in key technology transfer and commercialization metrics.

Latest public school challenge? How to narrow ‘pretty good gap’ in classroom technology

The Advocate – A little-noticed state task force is assessing the adequacy of public school internet access and other education technology, and what it would take to make Louisiana a national leader.

BRAC Releases Initial Regional Analysis of 2017-2018 School Performance Scores

BATON ROUGE, La. (November 9, 2018) — In response to the Louisiana Department of Education announcing 2017-2018 school performance scores, BRAC today released an analysis on performance of the 13 school districts within the nine-parish Capital Region.

IBM expands referral bonuses, holds job fairs to meet hiring targets for Baton Rouge center

The Advocate – IBM is in the midst of a recruitment push for its high-profile Baton Rouge client innovation center to meet a 800-job hiring goal by next summer and avoid paying penalties to the state.

BRAC analyzes labor supply and demand in the nine-parish Capital Region

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released the annual workforce report, which takes a look at where the workforce was, where it is now and where it is heading.

BRAC Publishes Annual Workforce Report

Baton Rouge, La. (November 1, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published its annual regional workforce report which provides insight on high-demand skilled occupations and associated training.

BRAC Releases Endorsements on Statewide Ballot Referendums

Baton Rouge, La. (October 30, 2018) – Today, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced supportive positions on Amendments 2 and 4 that will appear on the November 6 statewide ballot.

Lanny Keller: BRAC becomes ‘constructive leader’ and the envy of others in Louisiana

The Advocate – Quarrel if you will with some of the tough stances taken over the last decade or so by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, but few are likely to contest the architectural judgment of BRAC President Adam Knapp on his own building.

BRAC backs two constitutional amendments

Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today announced its support of two of six proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot, saying it remains neutral on the other amendments.

BRAC to open up workspace to local startups, organizations in 2019

Business Report – Can’t afford a swanky downtown office space? Come next year, you might be able to rent a desk or two in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s revamped Laurel Street headquarters, BRAC officials revealed this afternoon during a tour of the new digs.

Get first look at Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s new $3.5M office ahead of grand opening party

The Advocate – After a $3.5 million construction project that took just under a year, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber has set up residence in a bright new office with high ceilings and plenty of open space for collaboration.

BRAC 2019 economic outlook survey to provide regional economic data

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber 2019 economic outlook survey is open and local business leaders are encouraged to add their economic data.

BRAC launches economic outlook survey, invites business leaders to participate

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber on Tuesday launched its 2019 economic outlook survey and is inviting business leaders from the Capital Region to participate. 

BRAC Launches 2019 Economic Outlook Survey

Baton Rouge, La. (October 23, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today opened its 2019 economic outlook survey and invited business leaders from the Capital Region to complete it.

Louisiana International Trade Week & Jubilee coming to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Louisiana Welcome Center will be a busy place on November 8.

International Trade Week bringing events to Baton Rouge

The Advocate – The second annual Louisiana International Trade Week and Jubilee, a New Orleans event scheduled for early November, is bringing a daylong series of events to Baton Rouge.

Another step forward for major ExxonMobil expansion as Baton Rouge council OKs tax exemption

The Advocate – ExxonMobil cleared another obstacle Wednesday night in its effort to secure a multi-million-dollar property tax break for a proposed expansion when the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council voted unanimously to reduce the project’s tax liability for 10 years.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber helps launch tech apprenticeship program

The Advocate – Apprenticeships in high-demand tech occupations are available through Apprenti Louisiana, a pilot program of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in partnership with NexusLA and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Facebook stops in Baton Rouge to help small businesses grow

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Facebook took a trip to Baton Rouge Friday to help out some of the businesses that make up a huge part of the local economy.

New tech apprenticeship program launched in Capital Region

Business Report – Louisiana’s first registered technology apprenticeship program launched this morning in Baton Rouge.

BRAC working to grow tech talent through technology apprenticeship

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is starting Louisiana’s first first registered technology apprenticeship with the help of NexusLA and The Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Baton Rouge tech workforce getting boost from state’s first registered tech apprenticeship program

The Advocate – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, General Informatics and Eatel are among the first wave of companies taking part in a highly touted program aimed at boosting the technology workforce in Baton Rouge.

BRAC Partners in Launch of Technology Apprenticeship Program, Apprenti Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (October 4, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), in partnership with NexusLA and The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), today announced the launch of Apprenti Louisiana, the state’s first registered technology apprenticeship.

New tech apprenticeship program launched in Capital Region

Business Report – Louisiana’s first registered technology apprenticeship program launched this morning in Baton Rouge. Economic development officials hope it will strengthen and grow the pipeline of getting Capital Region residents into positions with technological companies.

Baton Rouge tech workforce getting boost from state’s first registered tech apprenticeship program

The Advocate – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, General Informatics and Eatel are among the first wave of companies taking part in a highly touted program aimed at boosting the technology workforce in Baton Rouge.

BRAC disputes ranking showing Baton Rouge to be slow growing

Business Report – Officials with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber dispute the methodology used in a ranking that found Baton Rouge to be the sixth-slowest-growing mid-size city in America.

IBM exec: Baton Rouge ‘right place’ to change the world through tech

Business Report – Now is the time to change the world through technology, an IBM executive told area business leaders this afternoon, and Baton Rouge is the “right place” to do it—a potentially difficult task, given IBM’s historic troubles with meeting its local employment quota, though one new leadership is willing to undertake.

FuturePAC Endorses School Board Candidates

BATON ROUGE, La. (September 19, 2018) – This week, FuturePAC announced its endorsement of seven candidates for the upcoming school board election in East Baton Rouge Parish. The primary election will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2018.

BRAC PAC endorses three incumbents, three challengers for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board

The Advocate – The political campaign arm of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber has endorsed candidates in six of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board races on Nov. 6, an endorsement that comes with a contribution of $2,500 to $5,000 per campaign.

CRISIS supports Baton Rouge mayor’s road tax proposal

Business Report – CRISIS, the Baton Rouge area business-led coalition for transportation improvements, today joined the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in its backing of Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s proposed half-cent sales tax in East Baton Rouge Parish for transportation infrastructure.

BRAC, business coalition endorse road tax on Dec. 8 ballot to ease Baton Rouge traffic woes

The Advocate – Both the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and CRISIS, a business coalition created to fight traffic, announced support this week for a half-cent sales tax for road improvements that Baton Rouge voters will face on the Dec. 8 ballot.

BRAC announces support for MoveBR

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) on Tuesday announced its Board of Directors has voted to support MoveBR, a dedicated half-cent sales tax in East Baton Rouge Parish for transportation infrastructure. The proposition will be on the ballot on December 8, 2018.

BRAC in favor of road improvement sales tax

Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today announced its Board of Directors has voted to support MoveBR, a dedicated half-cent sales tax in East Baton Rouge Parish for transportation infrastructure.

BRAC Announces Support for MoveBR

Baton Rouge, La. (September 11, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced its Board of Directors has voted to support MoveBR, a dedicated half-cent sales tax in East Baton Rouge Parish for transportation infrastructure.

BRAC Board Releases Position on Proposed Baton Rouge City Council

Baton Rouge, La. (September 5, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that its Board of Directors has voted to oppose the formation of a Baton Rouge City Council, in response to recent statements by local groups promoting the concept and pursuing an election for its formation.

Exxon’s tax exemption request lands support from Louisiana board

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – ExxonMobil’s proposed $500 million-plus expansion of its Baton Rouge plant is gaining fuel, with state officials endorsing the company’s request for a property tax break.

Exxon wins state approval for tax break on potential Baton Rouge expansion worth more than $500 million

The Advocate – ExxonMobil on Wednesday won approval for a multimillion-dollar property tax break on a potential Baton Rouge plant expansion the company said is worth between $500 million and $1 billion.

BRAC moves back into expanded downtown digs

Business Report – Nearly one year after breaking ground on an expanded headquarters at Laurel and 6th streets downtown, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber has completed the $3.5 million project.

New STEM collaborative comes to the Capital Region

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and several industry giants have partnered with the school systems in East and West Baton Rouge parishes to launch a regional STEM collaborative called Gen Ready. 

BRAC Applauds Launch of Regional STEM Ecosystem, Gen Ready

BATON ROUGE, La. (August 27, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) joins ExxonMobil, DOW Chemical, BASF, The Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools, and West Baton Rouge School System in announcing the launch of Gen Ready, a regional STEM collaborative for the Baton Rouge Area.  

Thermaldyne to build $50 million, 75-job West Baton Rouge reclamation plant

Business Report – Thermaldyne is investing $50 million in a West Baton Rouge industrial waste reclamation plant set to open later this year, bringing 75 new jobs, said the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in an update announcement today.  

Thermaldyne to Open West Baton Rouge Plant in 2018

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Thermaldyne CEO Randall Tolbert today announced that the environmental solutions company has made a $50 million investment in West Baton Rouge which will allow Thermaldyne to open the plant in late 2018. The project will bring 75 new jobs with an average salary of $80k, plus benefits.

Thermaldyne to move forward with $50 million, 75-job West Baton Rouge reclamation plant

The Advocate – Thermaldyne, the environmental services firm that announced a $19 million industrial waste reclamation plant in Port Allen three years ago, says the facility will finally open later this year after spending $50 million on the project. 

Thermaldyne to Open West Baton Rouge Plant in 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (August 20, 2018) – Thermaldyne CEO Randall Tolbert today announced that the environmental solutions company has made a $50 million investment in a West Baton Rouge reclamation plant, set to open in late 2018.

BRAC Releases Statement Following Carolyn McKnight’s Retirement Announcement

Baton Rouge, La. (August 13, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released the following statement by BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp on BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight’s announced retirement.

Baton Rouge teachers learn about STEM jobs for students through BRAC externship program

Business Report – This summer, Baton Rouge area high school students might be traveling for vacations, packing their duffel bags for camp or picking up a few extra dollars working a part-time job.

Opportunity Zone program expected to boost investment in low income areas of Baton Rouge

The Advocate – Rules for a federal Opportunity Zone program that aims to boost private investment in low-income areas are expected to be released at the end of the month.

Leadership Baton Rouge Announces Class of 2019

Baton Rouge, LA (August 2, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the members of its Leadership Baton Rouge class of 2019.

BRAC Graduates 2018 InternBR Cohort

Baton Rouge, LA (July 30, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) on Friday graduated 24 participants from its InternBR program.

BRAC 2018 InternBR Cohort concludes with 24 graduates

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – BRAC’s InternBR program is now finished and 24 individuals graduated on Friday, July 27. 

Baton Rouge Chamber urges School Board candidates to ‘stop handwringing’ on universal early childhood education

The Advocate – The Capital region’s foremost business lobby says it supports placing a tax proposition on the ballot that would pay for “universal early childhood education” in Baton Rouge.

BRAC Announces Election Platform for EBR School Board

Baton Rouge, LA (July 26, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published its election platform for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board election.

BRAC releases platform for EBR school board candidates

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – Baton Rouge Area Chamber released its platform of education and economic policies that they consider to be important for any candidate for the East Baton Rouge School Board to adopt.

PacTec to Expand Clinton Manufacturing Site, Surpass 100 Jobs

Baton Rouge, La. (July 25, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today joined Gov. John Bel Edwards and PacTec Inc. President Mike Schilling in announcing the company will make a $2.5 million capital investment to expand its Clinton manufacturing site.

BRAC Congratulates Shintech on $1.49 Billion Project in Capital Region

Baton Rouge, La. (July 24, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) congratulates Shintech Louisiana LLC on the company’s announcement today that it will invest $1.49 billion in Iberville Parish to develop a new chlor alkali and vinyl chloride monomer production facility.

Brown Eagle Announces Expansion at North Baton Rouge Facility

Baton Rouge, La. (July 18, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) joined Brown Eagle CEO Lela Mae Wilkes today in announcing the startup of a new bulk solids contract packaging facility. 

Brown Eagle spends $8.5 million to transform north Baton Rouge warehouse into packaging facility

The Advocate – Logistics company Brown Eagle will start up a new bulk solids contract packaging facility at the former Baton Rouge Beer Agency building in north Baton Rouge. 

Cortec Announces $2.5 Million Expansion at Port Allen Facility

Baton Rouge, La. (July 12, 2018) – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Cortec LLC executive Larry Chauvin announced the company will invest $2.5 million to expand its industrial coatings facility in Port Allen.

Gov. Edwards, LED, and BRAC pleased with Cortec expansion in Port Allen

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33 ) (FOX 44) – A manufacturing company has announced it will invest $2.5 million to expand one of its facilities in Port Allen.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber awards $45,000 through Teacher Externship program

The Advocate – Area teachers graduated in June from Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Teacher Externship program. Each teacher received a $1,000 stipend from participating partner companies.

BRAC Awards $45,000 Through Teacher Externship Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 19, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) graduated 45 teachers this month from its Teacher Externship program. Each teacher received a stipend of $1,000, provided by companies partnering in the program.

BRAC challenges community to donate, help improve crime fighting techniques

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Baton Rouge is no stranger to crime or the efforts to fight it. Last year, the city saw a record of 104 homicides, but a new crime fighting approach involves the community making donations for change.

How Baton Rouge landed its deal with Via Airlines

Business Report – Baton Rouge Metro Airport was about 99% of the way through securing a deal with Via Airlines before calling in the local business community to seal the deal.

LABI, BRAC lay out priorities for third special session

Business Report – For the business community, it’s well past time to put the state budget to bed, where they hope it will sleep undisturbed for the next year.

Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2018 

Baton Rouge, La. (June 6, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) concluded its 32nd year of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program on Tuesday, June 5, graduating 38 participants from the 2018 class into its alumni base of more than 1,000. 

Baton Rouge business community joining in Dialogue on Race Louisiana discussion tonight

Business Report – Nearly 100 local business leaders, managers and employees are expected this evening for an event that seeks to answer the difficult question of how to have a productive community conversation on the issue of race.

LABI, BRAC optimistic about today’s Louisiana Checkbook vote

Business Report – Louisiana Checkbook, the financial transparency website that would allow taxpayers to see where their state tax dollars are being spent, is up for a vote in the House today.

BRAC Issues Emergency Preparedness Recommendations for Businesses

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 1, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released its annual recommendations to help businesses prepare for weather emergencies.

BRAC Announces 2018 InternBR Cohort

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 29, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the 2018 cohort of InternBR, presented by Gallagher.

Newsmaker of the week: BRAC’s Canvas trip

Business Report – If Baton Rouge wants to evolve and grow, the business community must lead the way. That was the key takeaway of the civic and business leaders who traveled to Cincinnati for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Canvas Benchmarking Workshop.

BRAC disclosed 2018 Teacher Externship participants

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber looked through over 80 teacher, counselor and administrator applications finalizing a list of individuals who will participate in this year’s Teacher Externship program. 

BRAC Announces 2018 Teacher Externship Cohort

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 24, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the cohort for its fourth annual Teacher Externship program.

Baton Rouge leaders hoping to bring home redevelopment ideas from Cincinnati Canvas trip

Business Report – More than 100 Baton Rouge civic and business leaders are in Cincinnati today to learn about what the Midwestern city has done over the past 18 years to remake itself in the face of blight and economic disparity.

Baton Rouge leaders hoping to bring home redevelopment ideas from Cincinnati Canvas trip

Business Report – More than 100 Baton Rouge civic and business leaders are in Cincinnati today to learn about what the Midwestern city has done over the past 18 years to remake itself in the face of blight and economic disparity.

Litter cleanup coming this weekend to Baton Rouge’s Plank Road, Evangeline Street corridor

The Advocate – Gaping potholes, overgrown grass and broken curbs in a north Baton Rouge corridor should receive some TLC this weekend during a beautification project.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber voices opposition to St. George incorporation

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber board has voted to formally oppose the incorporation of the proposed city of St. George.

BRAC Board Releases Position on Proposed City of St. George

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 15, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that its Board of Directors has voted to oppose the formation of a new city in the southeast portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

State Economic Development Leaders Endorse New Constitutional Convention

The Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL) organization is calling for legislative action to set in motion a new Constitutional Convention as early as feasible, preferably in 2020.

BRAC Announces Inaugural Diversity Star Award Recipients

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 9, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced recipients of its inaugural Diversity Star Award at its sold-out Diversity in Business luncheon.

Diversity goals should tie into corporate goals, expert says

The Advocate – Businesses need to make sure their diversity goals are aligned with the company’s mission, a leading diversity expert said Wednesday.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Briefs for May 6, 2018

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting applications until 5 p.m. May 31 for its 2019 class of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program.

BRAC Launches Baton Rouge Toolkit

BATON ROUGE, La. (April 26, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today launched the Baton Rouge Toolkit, a place-based marketing resource for local companies to use in conjunction with their human resources strategies.

BRAC launches ‘toolkit’ for local firms

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber on Thursday launched the Baton Rouge Toolkit, a new “place-based” marketing resource for companies in the region.

BRAC Congratulates Twistlock on Entry into Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, La. (April 24, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) welcomes Twistlock, a cybersecurity firm that develops security platforms for cloud-native environments and software containers, to Baton Rouge.

BRAC praises increasing enrollment capacity in EBRPSS schools

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) advocated for increases in the capacity of East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRPSS) schools.

Cyber security company opening software engineering office in Baton Rouge, to hire 20

The Advocate – Twistlock, a cyber security firm with major corporate and government clients, plans to open a global engineering center in LSU’s Innovation Park and hire 20 people. 

BRAC President to give keynote address at 20th BRCC Commencement

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) President and CEO is scheduled to speak at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) on Friday, May 25.

BRAC Issues Public Policy Commentary Advocating for EBRPSS Capacity Increases

Baton Rouge, LA (April 24, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today issued a public policy commentary praising the positive progress of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in increasing enrollment capacity in the South and Southeast portions of East Baton Rouge Parish.

BRAC Publishes Annual Education Report Card 

Baton Rouge, La. (April 16, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released an education report card that analyzes public K-12 performance in the Capital Region for the 2016-2017 school year.

BRAC Opens Applications for Fourth Annual Teacher Externship Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (April 11, 2018) —  The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that applications for its fourth annual Teacher Externship program are now open at brac.org/externship through Wednesday, May 9.

BRAC Announces Speakers for Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop

Baton Rouge, La. (April 10, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the speaker lineup for its upcoming Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop, scheduled for May 20 – 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BRAC Opens Applications for InternBR Program

Baton Rouge, La. (April 2, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the return of InternBR, an initiative of its Talent Development Department designed to provide area student interns with professional development focused on leadership and communication skills. InternBR is presented by Gallagher.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Briefs for April 1, 2018

The Advocate – Business Briefs

BRAC Diversity in Business Event to Feature Former General Electric Executive

Baton Rouge, La. (March 29, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced Deborah Elam, president and CEO of Corporate Playbook and former chief diversity officer of General Electric, as the keynote speaker for its Diversity in Business event scheduled for May 9. The event is presented by ExxonMobil.

BRAC Confers Annual Awards, Releases Annual Report at Shareholders’ Meeting

Baton Rouge, La. (March 28, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) yesterday announced recipients of its annual awards and released its 2017 Annual Report at its Shareholders’ Meeting.

BRAC released annual report and gave awards at shareholders’ meeting

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Tuesday, March 27.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber accepting nominations for leadership program

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting applications for its Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program Class of 2019.

BRAC Releases Positions on EBRPSS Tax Renewal for April 28 Election

Baton Rouge, La. (March 27, 2018) – At its annual Shareholders’ Meeting this afternoon, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) will announce its support for two of three propositions that will be on the April 28, 2018 ballot in East Baton Rouge Parish, each renewing part of a 1-cent sales tax for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS).

BRAC grades Baton Rouge school tax proposals

The Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is supporting two of the three tax renewal measures the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System is placing on the April 28 ballot.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber endorses two of three school tax measures on April 28 ballot

The Advocate – With an election just a month away, East Baton Rouge School Superintendent Warren Drake admitted Tuesday that he has fallen short in explaining to the public some parts a 1-cent sales tax voters will be asked to renew on April 28.

ITEP committee eyes compromise formula for controversial tax break

The Advocate – Members of a Baton Rouge committee will try to forge a compromise over how to handle the controversial Industrial Tax Exemption Program after discussing three competing proposals Monday that have emerged in recent days.

Baton Rouge ITEP committee makes progress but puts off guidelines vote until April

The Business Report – An East Baton Rouge Parish advisory committee charged with devising guidelines for local taxing authorities to follow when evaluating applications for the Industrial Tax Exemption Program moved closer this morning to agreeing on a final set of criteria for awarding the lucrative incentive.

BRAC announced applications for 2019 class of BR leadership program are open

brproud.com – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced that the 2019 class of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program is now open.

Baton Rouge officials hope to reach compromise on controversial industrial tax break Monday

The Business Report – An East Baton Rouge Parish committee hopes to finalize rules Monday that will determine the amount of property tax abatements eligible manufacturers can expect to receive under the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program, or ITEP.

Matt Watson proposes compromise on ITEP guidelines in advance of Monday meeting

The Business Report –
Metro Councilman Matt Watson has proposed a set of criteria to evaluate applications for property tax abatements under the state Industrial Tax Exemption Program that he says strikes a balance between a more generous set of guidelines proposed by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and more stringent ones put forth by the community organization Together Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Area Leadership Opens Nominations for Class of 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (March 22, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that applications for the 2019 class of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program are now open at brac.org/leadership.

Job creation becomes a point of debate on tax exemptions for manufacturers

The Advocate – Manufacturing executives and Together Baton Rouge activists faced off Monday as each side tried to persuade a group of local leaders to buy into their perspectives about industrial tax exemptions, which is Louisiana’s costliest incentive program.

ExxonMobil: Major investment hangs in the balance, as opposing sides square off over ITEP

The Business Report – The war of words over how Baton Rouge should handle Industrial Tax Exemption Program requests continues to rage. Nearly three dozen speakers with very different perspectives on ITEP weighed in this morning on how East Baton Rouge Parish should structure its criteria for granting property tax abatements to manufacturers.

‘A stranglehold that holds us back:’ New Orleans economic development leader calls for constitutional convention

The New Orleans Advocate – The head of the region’s largest economic development group on Wednesday called for lawmakers to hold a constitutional convention to rewrite the rules that limit options for Louisiana’s taxes and government spending.

BRAC Announces InternBR Employer Workshops

BATON ROUGE, La. (March 12, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced an employer workshop series to help area companies further connect with millennial talent via internships.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Briefs for March 11, 2018

The Advocate – Weekly business briefs feature 2018 Canvas agenda and Diversity Star Award applications.

ITEP committee making slow progress establishing policy for Baton Rouge

The Business Report – An East Baton Rouge Parish committee tasked with establishing criteria for granting property tax breaks to local manufacturers under the Industrial Tax Exemption Program again deferred voting on a matrix proposed by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, saying it will take up the matter Monday, March 19.

Tackling transportation ‘crisis,’ constitutional convention headline BRAC legislative priorities

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is once again making the region’s transportation “crisis” one of its top priorities for the upcoming regular legislative session, and is continuing the call for funding to build a new Mississippi River bridge.

BRAC Announces 2018 Legislative Priorities

Baton Rouge, La. (March 08, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced five priorities for which the organization will advocate during the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

SG launches new website to promote Baton Rouge community

The Daily Reveille – LSU Student Government has created a way to bridge the gap between campus and the Baton Rouge community through a brand-new website.

St. George budget reveals how new city would be funded, amount of revenue Baton Rouge would lose

The Advocate – A projected budget for the proposed city of St. George in the southeastern part of the parish shows that organizers expect revenue of about $58 million in the first year, and that the incorporation would cut nearly $29 million from the general fund for Baton Rouge’s City Hall.

New jail, mental health center top East Baton Rouge DA’s list to curb crime

The Advocate – Members of the Baton Rouge business community pledged money to reboot the city’s anti-gang program Friday, while criminal justice leaders issued a report calling for larger community investment in expensive projects like a new jail and center to treat the mentally ill.

BRAC Announces Director of Governmental Affairs and Special Projects

Baton Rouge, La. (March 1, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) this week announced Logan Anderson as Director of Governmental Affairs and Special Projects.

Companies explain why they picked Louisiana at BRAC’s economic development summit

The Business Report – Leaders from companies representing three of the biggest jewels in Louisiana’s economic development crown—Sasol, CenturyLink, and DXC Technologies, which is developing a facility in New Orleans—discussed the many reasons they chose to invest in Louisiana over competing markets at a panel discussion earlier today at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Annual Statewide Economic Development Summit.

Statewide Economic Development Summit kicks off in Baton Rouge

The Business Report – Leadership, inclusive growth in the age of disruption and economic drivers are among the topics being discussed at the 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit, which kicked off in Baton Rouge this morning at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel.

Baton Rouge Mayor Broome hopeful for future infrastructure tax, regional projects with New Orleans

The Advocate – East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said Tuesday she hasn’t given up hope of passing an infrastructure tax at some point, while she and New Orleans mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell said they want to work together for regional goals.

Ascension Chamber names Barker Dirmann as president, CEO

The Advocate – The Ascension Chamber of Commerce has named Barker Dirmann as its president and chief executive officer.

BRAC unveils proposed ITEP matrix; Together Baton Rouge lays out desired criteria

The Business Report – As East Baton Rouge Parish moves slowly toward deciding how to handle the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber today outlined a proposed matrix to evaluate the program.

Facing a new set of rules, ITEP stumbles forward

The Business Report – Dec. 12, 2017, was a historic day for Louisiana’s lucrative Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

BRAC Opens Applications for Diversity in Business Award

Baton Rouge, La. (February 15, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced details of a new Diversity Star Award to spotlight and honor regional businesses that champion diversity and inclusion.

Redevelopment Authority adding employees, commissioners

The Advocate – The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, which had its staff shrink down to two employees for the past few years, has added three workers with new support from the city-parish.

Baton Rouge Metro Council agrees to fund $300,000 disparity study; City Hall says local business could benefit

The Advocate – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council agreed Wednesday to fund a $300,000 disparity study of City Hall’s purchases, contracts and bids with small and disadvantaged businesses, a move Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s administration said could lead to more local companies doing government business.

BRAC Releases 2018 Canvas Agenda

BATON ROUGE, La. (February 13, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released the agenda for its tenth Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop, which will take place May 20-22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The agenda is available online at brac.org/canvas.

Agenda set for 2018 Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop

The Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has set the agenda for its 2018 Regional Canvas trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 20-22.

Baton Rouge creating ITEP approval process; State mulls tax break changes

The Business Report – Baton Rouge officials are expected to create a matrix to evaluate a controversial tax break for manufacturers in the coming weeks, part of the parish’s newfound voice in the 80-year-old Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

Mullens to Replace Kearny as Capital One’s Baton Rouge Market President

ABL Advisor – Capital One Bank announced that Ric Kearny, Capital One’s Baton Rouge Market President and Manager of Commercial Banking for Southwest Louisiana and North Central Louisiana, will retire in early March after more than 26 years of service to Capital One.

Baton Rouge’s Adam Knapp: Focus on results — not rhetoric — with Louisiana incentives

The Advocate – The Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) has been hotly debated lately. As a 15-year veteran of Louisiana economic development policy, I want to turn down the heat and focus on the serious questions of how and why public policies help grow prosperity for individuals and communities.

Blight committee mulls harsher penalties, begins studying issue

The Business Report – A group of government and business leaders today raised the possibility of bolstering enforcement and changing policies surrounding blight in the parish, part of a multipronged effort to stem the widespread and long-standing issue.

Ric Kearny retiring from Capital One Bank; David Mullens named replacement

The Business Report – Ric Kearny—Capital One’s Baton Rouge market president and manager of commercial banking for southwest and north central Louisiana—is retiring from the bank after more than 26 years, the financial institution announced this morning.

BRAC joins coalition backing ‘Louisiana Checkbook’ to track government spending

The Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is among a coalition of chambers of commerce, business associations and other groups backing the “Louisiana Checkbook,” a proposed website that would track government spending.

Economic Development Summit to feature governor, major industry representatives

The Business Report – Gov. John Bel Edwards and representatives from Sasol, DXC Technology and CenturyLink are headlining the 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit taking place Feb. 27 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge.

BRAC Announces Agenda for 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit

BATON ROUGE, La. (February 1, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the agenda for the upcoming Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy, to be held on Tuesday, February 27, at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. The full agenda is available at brac.org/edsummit.

BRAC announces agenda for Statewide Economic Development Summit

brproud.com – BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced their upcoming Statewide Economic Development Summit agenda on Thursday.

Regional gas tax idea taking shape, says Rep. Steve Carter

The Business Report – Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, says he welcomes the help and support of businessman Jim Bernhard, who vowed in a speech Wednesday to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to throw his time and money into solving Baton Rouge’s chronic gridlock, among other problems.

BASF spending $150M to double MDI production at Geismar chemical complex

The Business Report – BASF will make an initial investment of $150 million to construct a new unit at its Geismar chemical complex as part of a plan to double its capacity to produce a chemical used in foams and other materials for construction, insulation, automotive and packaging goods.

What’s next after $600 million road plan clears hurdle, including I-10 widening in Baton Rouge

The Advocate – Gov. John Bel Edwards’ $600 million plan to widen Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge and other road projects cleared its first hurdle Wednesday.

BASF Expands Geismar, Louisiana, Chemical Complex

Area Development – BASF will invest in the development of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, capacity at its Louisiana chemical complex in Geismar, Louisiana.

Executive Spotlight Q&A: Kelly Bienn

The Baton Rouge Business Report – Q&A with Kelly Bienn, BRAC’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Briefs for Jan. 28, 2017

The Advocate – Summit speaker discussing transportation

Level Up video game lab eyes additional funding to expand services

The Advocate – The Level Up video game lab has been given tentative approval of $96,000 by Research Park Corp.’s board of directors for an expansion that it hopes will boost the local gaming industry.

Baton Rouge chamber focusing in 2018 on transportation funding, growth sectors, productive incentives, quality of place

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber plans this year to focus efforts on transportation funding; business development in targeted growth sectors such as health care, agricultural technology and manufacturing; ensuring incentives provide return on investments; and quality of place.

BRAC Releases 2017 Results and 2018 Strategic Plan

Baton Rouge, La. (January 22, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published its 2018 strategic plan following a presentation to the Baton Rouge Press Club. The full plan may be accessed at brac.org/strategicplan.

BRAC puts focus on securing funds for traffic fixes and targeting growth sectors in 2018

The Business Report – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber says it closed on 12 economic development projects last year that resulted in 683 jobs, $29.7 million in annual payroll and $593 million in capital investment for the nine-parish Capital Region.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber names new board chairman

The Advocate – Banking executive Frederic “Ric” Kearny is the 2018 board chairman for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. He succeeds Lee Jenkins, vice president of Performance Contractors, Inc.

BRAC Applauds Funding For Traffic Relief

Baton Rouge, La. (January 12, 2018) – Today, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) will join Governor John Bel Edwards, DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, and Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome for the announcement of $600 million dollars through a bond issue dedicated to transportation infrastructure.

BRAC lauds plan to rebuild, widen ‘worst traffic chokepoint’ in Baton Rouge

The Business Report – A large swath of Interstate 10 between the Mississippi River Bridge and the I-10/I-12 split is set to be rebuilt and widened as part of a $600 million infrastructure package that will be announced today by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration.

Harvard Business Professor to Deliver 2018 Economic Development Summit Keynote

Baton Rouge, LA (January 9, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School’s Ernest E. Arbuckle Professor, will serve as keynote speaker at the 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on February 27.

Research Park Corp. plans ‘deep dive’ on role of organization

The Advocate – The departure of Research Park Corp.’s top executive will be used to do a “deep dive” with stakeholders to look at Baton Rouge’s system for helping foster fledgling tech businesses, the organization’s executive committee chairman said Monday.

Sharon Weston Broome to hire consultant to study government efficiency, taps Raiford to lead traffic improvement plan

The Business Report – Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is planning to hire a consultant in the first quarter of the year to study ways to make city government more effective and efficient.

Baton Rouge’s biggest 2017 business stories: Industrial boom winding down, health care picking up & more

The Advocate — The Baton Rouge area continued in 2017 to grow its economy while thousands of homeowners and businesses worked to recover from the damaging August 2016 flood.

Latter & Blum Inc. adds Lafayette-based company to expand Acadiana operations

The Acadiana Advocate — Latter & Blum Inc. is set to acquire Lafayette-based Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate, a move that will strengthen the company’s share of the Acadiana residential and commercial real estate market.

West Baton Rouge leaders target retail development need, traffic issues

The Advocate — West Baton Rouge Parish leaders have embraced a new plan for development they hope will improve the daily lives of residents across the river from Louisiana’s capital city while also easing traffic snarls that bedevil the parish.

BRAC Names 2018 Board Chair, Frederic Kearny

Baton Rouge, La. (December 22, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Frederic ‘Ric’ Kearny will serve as chair of the board for the organization in 2018.

Capital One’s Kearny to chair Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Advocate — Ric Kearny, the Baton Rouge market president of Capital One Bank, has been elected to chair the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Arts Council on a mission to make arts and culture critical to the vitality of Baton Rouge

The Business Report — In April of this year, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge rolled the dice on a new project: retooling its longstanding Fest-for-All arts festival into a mixed-genre event and relocating it from its traditional location on North Boulevard to River Road, closer to the Mississippi River.

New rules for casinos could spur growth in Baton Rouge market

The Business Report — Changes being sought to Louisiana gaming laws—like allowing riverboat casinos to move onto land—could help grow the Baton Rouge market, economic development officials said today.

BRAC Announces SVP of Business Development

Baton Rouge, La. (December 19, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) this week announced Russell Richardson as its new Senior Vice President of Business Development. Richardson previously served as BRAC’s regional director of business development, assisting companies and communities engaged in economic development projects.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area People in Business for Dec. 17, 2017

The Advocate — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has named Emilia “Emi” Gilbert as senior vice president of investor development, overseeing fundraising efforts and cultivating support of BRAC’s five-year strategic plan.

BRAC, Mayor’s office teaming up for beautification effort

The Advocate — An initiative to beautify high visibility sections of East Baton Rouge Parish will kick off this weekend in the College Drive/Perkins Road corridor.

Finding small business financing in Baton Rouge harder than in other cities

The Business Report — Small businesses in the Baton Rouge area have a harder time gaining financing for expansions when compared to their peers in five similarly-sized metropolitan areas, and need help preparing the documents required for loan applications.

BRAC pushes changes to help boost small businesses’ access to capital, opportunity

The Advocate — Area small businesses need more help preparing the documentation that helps secure loans and would-be entrepreneurs more financial education to help them avoid credit problems that could cripple a startup.

BRAC Releases Access to Capital Report

BATON ROUGE, La. (December 14, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released its inaugural Access to Capital report. The report is available online at brac.org/reports.

Downtown Baton Rouge to get more residential housing in 2018

The Business Report — After landing several hotel and apartment developments and a crop of new restaurants in recent years, downtown is continuing the trend in 2018, when it is expected to add at least 200 residential units and welcome the Courtyard Marriott.

People on the Move: Baton Rouge General names vice president of marketing and communications

The Business Report — Meghan Parrish has been named vice president of marketing and communications by Baton Rouge General Medical Center/General Health System. The new job for the former director of marketing and communications was detailed in the current Moving Up section of Business Report.

Pilot program aims to clean up Baton Rouge’s high-traffic corridors

The Business Report – A group of government and business leaders is spearheading a “pilot program” to beautify the city, with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber hoping to bolster the region’s quality-of-place for attracting businesses.

Baton Rouge is transforming from a college town into a gaming hub

VentureBeat – Though well-known for its diehard sports fans, excellent cuisine, and epic tailgates, Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge has leveraged its film production industry, research university, existing tech incubators, and low cost of living to become an emerging southeastern hub for the video gaming industry.

Forum 35 hosts Community Impact Breakfast for Baton Rouge leaders

The Advocate – Forum 35 held its Community Impact Breakfast for Baton Rouge leaders and community members Nov. 14 at Boudreaux’s Catering Hall. The focus was on the organization’s vision for the city and priorities for the future.

Capital Region expected to add 4,500 new jobs next year

The Business Report — The greater Baton Rouge region is expected to gain 4,500 new jobs in 2018, a smaller gain than in previous years but a sizable continued rebound from 2016, according to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber 2018 economic outlook.

BRAC Releases 2018 Economic Outlook

Baton Rouge, La. (December 6, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today presented its 2018 Economic Outlook at its Regional Stakeholders Breakfast. The report is available online at brac.org/reports.

BRAC Announces New Senior Vice President of Investor Development

BATON ROUGE, La. (December 5, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Emilia “Emi” Gilbert has joined its executive team as Senior Vice President of Investor Development.

With new refinery manager, four women now leading ExxonMobil Louisiana operations

The Business Report – The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery will have its first-ever female manager at the start of the new year when Gloria Moncada takes on the role, which will add yet another woman to the top ranks of ExxonMobil’s Louisiana facilities.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber trip planned for Cincinnati to explore best practices

The Advocate – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is Cincinnati-bound.

BRAC Announces 2018 Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop Destination

BATON ROUGE, La. (December 4, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced Cincinnati, Ohio, as the destination for its tenth annual Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop. The trip is scheduled for May 20-22, 2018.

CRISIS proposes familiar solutions to address Baton Rouge traffic woes

To address the Capital Region’s persistent transportation issues, the region’s leaders should deploy a holistic strategy that includes enhancing the capacity and efficiency of the area’s transportation system, increasing travel choice and management, and improving transportation performance through strategic policy and partnerships.

Slowly but surely: Baton Rouge ITEP committee taking shape

Nearly a month after Mayor Sharon Weston Broome issued an executive order creating a committee to review applications for the controversial ITEP program, the panel is beginning to take shape.

CRISIS Releases Capital Region Mobility Strategy

Baton Rouge, La. — CRISIS, the Baton Rouge area regional business-led coalition for transportation improvements, today released a new Capital Region Mobility Strategy (CRMS) report aimed at taking Baton Rouge out of the basement of transportation rankings and making it a model city for mobility and long-term resilience.

BREW keynote speaker Ryan Holiday reveals how to build a lasting brand

The brands that have stood the test of time are still so relevant today that you may forget just how old they are.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber headquarters being renovated into $3.5 million Center for Economic Development

A long-awaited $3.5 million redesign and expansion of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s downtown headquarters are underway, a move that officials say will allow the city to better compete for business prospects.

BRAC Announces New Center for Economic Development

BRAC today announced details of its plan to redesign and expand its downtown location into the Center for Economic Development, a $3.5 million project that will reimagine the space as an iconic, modern business hub with nearly 11,000 square feet of space.

The South Louisiana Economic Council stays ahead of the curve during the oil slump by shifting focus

Unlike a lot of economic development groups, the South Louisiana Economic Council is more about business retention than attraction these days. Given the post-2014 slump in the “bread and butter” industry of oil and gas, it was left with little choice.

Opinion: Louisiana Students Look Beyond High School With Workplace-Based Learning and Micro-industry Engagement

Expanding workplace-based learning (WBL) is rightly becoming a priority for school districts and charter schools across the country. Nothing makes academic subject matter more relevant and compelling than its application in the real world.

Got a question for Baton Rouge’s next police chief? Public interviews set for candidates

The committee that will help select the next Baton Rouge police chief is now preparing questions for the remaining nine candidates, who will be interviewed in two public forums over the next three weeks.

Boost to the East Baton Rouge hotel occupancy tax on the November ballot

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – After it failed last year, will Baton Rouge voters now support a new hotel tax?

Baton Rouge plan of government review begins this week

A panel this week will begin a monthslong process of reviewing the Baton Rouge plan of government, a process Mayor Sharon Weston Broome hopes to use to make changes to the police chief position.

BRAC Announces Support of EBR Ballot Referendum for November 18 Election

Baton Rouge, La. (November 3, 2017) – With early voting starting today, BRAC announced its support of the tourism infrastructure proposal, one of five ballot referendums that will go before voters of East Baton Rouge Parish on November 18.

BRAC Announces 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy

BATON ROUGE, La. (October 30, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that, in collaboration with the state’s regional economic development organizations, it will host the third annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

News roundup: Registration opens for BRAC’s third annual economic summit

Now open: Registration is open for the third annual Statewide Economic Development Summit.

Dow Chemical dedicates $2 Billion in Louisiana investments

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the dedication of $2 billion in new chemical manufacturing investments by The Dow Chemical Company in Louisiana.

BRAC Issues Public Policy Commentary Defending the Industrial Tax Exemption Program

Baton Rouge, LA (October 26, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today issued a public policy commentary defending the Industrial Tax Exemption Program and its pivotal role in sustaining economic growth in the Capital Region.

The new Baton Rouge residential hotspot: Living downtown

Andrew Fitzgerald, Katie Pryor and John Kirby are the poster faces of downtown living in Baton Rouge. That’s nothing official, mind you, but they no doubt fit the profile: Young professionals with promising careers living at the swanky Commerce Building apartments, located within walking distance of their offices in the heart of the arts and entertainment district.

Baton Rouge creating committee to review industrial tax exemption applications

After hearing sharply different opinions over whether industrial tax exemptions are ripping off government or encouraging economic development, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued an executive order Wednesday creating a committee that will review future applications for the program.

BRAC Launches 2018 Economic Outlook Survey

Baton Rouge, La. (October 23, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today opened its 2018 economic outlook survey and invited business and community leaders from the Capital Region to complete it. Responses will be compiled in BRAC’s 2018 Economic Outlook, a decision-making tool for businesses throughout the nine-parish region. The survey will remain open through Friday, November 10, at brac.org/economicsurvey.

Louisiana Business: Baton Rouge outlook, New Orleans #2 favorite, Edwards to Harvard

Louisiana business news for today: Baton rouge economic outlook, New Orleans tourism, Louisiana governor goes to Harvard.
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BRAC begins 2018 economic survey

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has started its 2018 economic outlook survey of business and community leaders in the Capital Region.

BRAC Announces Connect, a New Community-Connector Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (October 11, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today announced the launch of Connect, a web-based community-connector program.

‘Business Report’ Publisher: Baton Rouge deserves a national search for next airport director

Will Baton Rouge “think different” and consider all of the talent available in America to lead its airport—or promote the No. 2 as it has often done?, Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister asks in his latest column.

BRAC announces new community-connector program

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – Officials with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber have announced the launch of Connect, a web-based community-connector program.

Incumbent raises most so far in race for East Baton Rouge School Board seat

Incumbent Mike Gaudet has raised the most money so far in the Oct. 14 special election to replace Barbara Freiberg on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, but one of his opponents, Belinda Davis, is close behind.

New economic district for north Baton Rouge hires two top officials

The newly formed Baton Rouge North Economic Development District on Thursday officially hired the administrators who will be charged with spurring investment above Florida Boulevard.

BUILD IT Coalition Supports Constitutional Amendment No. 3

Baton Rouge, La. (September 29, 2017) – Today, the BUILD IT coalition announced its support for Constitutional Amendment No. 3, which will require all new gas tax revenues be dedicated solely to the construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure projects.

BRAC Releases Positions on Statewide Ballot Referendums for October 14 Election

Baton Rouge, La. (September 29, 2017) – With early voting starting tomorrow, BRAC today announced its support for two of three proposed statewide constitutional amendments. BRAC is neutral on the other amendment appearing on the October 14 ballot.

Long-proposed Redevelopment Authority, Office of Community Development shake-up finally wins approval

The way Baton Rouge revitalizes communities and fights blight changed dramatically on Wednesday with the success of a long-proposed realignment of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, the Office of Community Development and the Housing Authority.

FuturePAC Endorses Candidate for EBR Parish School Board

BATON ROUGE, La. (September 27, 2017) – Today, FuturePAC announced its endorsement of Mike Gaudet, one of three candidates for the upcoming East Baton Rouge Parish School Board District 7 special election.

Our Views: Another glitch on road funding

The roads won’t build themselves.

The Bicentennial Postcard

Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial year, Visit Baton Rouge in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 225 Magazine are releasing the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Postcards.

BRAC Names Executive Vice President, SVP of Economic Competitiveness

Baton Rouge, La. (September 15, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) this week announced changes to its executive leadership team.

BRAC Releases Statement Following BTR Failure at Metro Council

Baton Rouge, La. (September 14, 2017) – BRAC today released the following statement by BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp following the failure of the Better Transportation and Roads (BTR) plan at last night’s Metro Council meeting.

BRAC Cites Congestion Relief Analysis in Announcing Support for EBR Transportation Plan

Baton Rouge, La. (September 13, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced its board’s support for the Better Transportation and Roads (BTR) plan, a $445 million proposal aimed at improving infrastructure and mobility in East Baton Rouge parish.

Tax break changes stir pot

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ heart was in the right place when he decided to give local government agencies a voice in giving prospective manufacturers tax breaks. However, his effort to solve one problem may have created a process that will cause even more problems.

BRAC Publishes Annual Regional Workforce Report

BATON ROUGE, La. (September 5, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published its annual workforce report summarizing skilled occupations with the highest projected demand for 2018

Hey Louisiana, when the topic is comparing tax burdens: Don’t mess with Texas

Louisiana is forever measuring itself against Texas—especially when it comes to taxes—but where would you fare better?

WAGUESPACK: With Hurricanes And Floods, It’s Best To Pay It Forward

Many have stepped up to help us over the years when hurricanes and floods and other disasters have devastated Louisiana. The horrific summer of 2005, dominated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, left an indelible mark

BRAC applies for permit to remodel office building

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has applied for a permit to remodel its downtown office building and expand it by nearly 2,000 square feet.

LSU Student Government shares plans for upcoming school year

While many University students return to campus, one group has worked all summer to ensure everyone’s return and the subsequent school year goes exceptionally well.

BRAC Commentary Challenges Mischaracterizations of Manufacturing Tax Incentive

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Baton Rouge Area Leadership Announces Class of 2018

Baton Rouge, LA (August 8, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the members of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Class of 2018.

BRAC Announces Around the Table Sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish School System

BATON ROUGE, La. (August 3, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today opened registration for Around the Table, presented by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, being held Thursday, September 28.

BRAC Signature Speaker Series to Feature Former Mayor of Pittsburgh

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BRAC Announces Partnership for External Image Initiative

BATON ROUGE, La. (August 1, 2017) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced a partnership to elevate the region’s image through an earned media strategy.

Two key questions remain in long-awaited Pecue Lane expansion, I-10 exchange

After nearly a quarter of a century of fits and starts, a plan to build an interchange at Interstate 10 and Pecue Lane is inching ahead amid questions on funding and when the work will be finished.

BRAC Graduates 2017 InternBR Cohort

Baton Rouge, LA (July 28, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today held a graduation ceremony for the InternBR program’s Class of 2017.

New taxes require time and specifics

The new mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish wants to put a proposed 5-mill property tax on the Nov. 18 ballot for road improvements.

BRAC undecided on Broome’s transportation tax proposal

While the Baton Rouge Area Chamber was out in front of a proposed statewide gasoline tax to fund new transportation infrastructure projects earlier this year, it’s holding off on whether to support Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s proposed dedicated property tax to fund local road and traffic control projects until the mayor releases more details about her plan.

East Baton Rouge School Board receives conflicting advice over industrial tax exemptions

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board heard two very different approaches Thursday on how much control it should retain over its newfound power in the granting of industrial tax exemptions.

Letters: Grateful for leadership on justice reform

On behalf of the members of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Committee, I want to express our sincere gratitude to all the legislators who supported the criminal justice reform package recently signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards, and specifically those who authored and co-authored the legislation.

Leaders grapple with challenge of reinvigorating north Baton Rouge

A year ago today, the police killing of Alton Sterling set off protests, national media attention and new laws and initiatives aimed at reforming the relationships between police and the communities they serve.

Nearly 550 acres in Industrial Park certified by LED

ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana Economic Development Director Randy Rogers was understandably disappointed when Tropical Storm Cindy forced the cancellation of the official unveiling of the parish’s proposed industrial park site.

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicks off $7.9 million project for Baton Rouge vocational technology facility

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday kicked off a $7.9 million project to fix up a north Baton Rouge vocational technical facility with the goal of better teaching industrial crafts for waiting jobs.

Baton Rouge Area Leadership program graduates 31st class

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber graduated its 31st Baton Rouge Area Leadership program class on June 6. The 41 graduates join the program’s alumni base of more than 1,000.

North Capital Region Concludes its Third Annual Teacher Externship Cohort

Cohort of teacher externships gives educators hands-on experience in skilled craft

BR Leadership graduates 41

Forty-one future community leaders officially graduated June 6 from the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program, a program of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, during a celebratory dinner at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center.

State needs to leverage BP funds to create new coastal restoration industry, report says

Louisiana is on track to receive at least $8.7 billion from BP over the next 15 years for coastal restoration efforts, a move that will create thousands of jobs and protect important industries such as fisheries, ports and energy.

Next debate on a higher gas tax? Likely be 2021, at the earliest

The death of the push to raise Louisiana’s gasoline tax not only ended the issue for 2017.

It likely killed any chance for such an increase in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as well.

BRAC Reacts to End of Legislative Session: “Massive Missed Opportunity” on Transportation Infrastructure Solutions

Ascension economic development group hopes to move forward on MegaPark site

DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Economic Development Corp. officials said Wednesday they hope an upcoming meeting with the landowners of 17,000 acres on the west bank of the parish will lead to a mixed-use development there one day.

Baton Rouge Area Leadership Marks 31 Years, Graduates Class of 2017

Baton Rouge, La. (June 7, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) concluded its 31st year of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership program on Tuesday, June 6, graduating 41 participants from the 2017 class into its alumni base of more than 1,000.

Lanny Keller: Louisiana House’s ‘snowflake’ right-wing caucus brought so-called retribution on itself

A political, not a meteorological, miracle has brought snowflakes in the State Capitol in June. A political, not a meteorological, miracle has brought snowflakes in the State Capitol in June.

BRAC Issues Emergency Preparedness Recommendations for Businesses

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Funding concerns push new bridge plans back

BATON ROUGE – Plans for a new Mississippi River bridge are being pushed back again after the gas tax failed to gain support in the state’s legislature.

Stephanie Grace: Gas tax debacle shows Legislature failing at big things, and small

With the partial exception of criminal justice reform, the waning legislative session will go down as one in which lawmakers failed to do big things.

What’s plan B? Baton Rouge business leaders try to regroup in wake of gas tax failure

A statewide business coalition that pushed for a new gasoline tax to fund badly needed road and bridge projects around the state knew they were facing an uphill battle before the Legislature.

BRAC Releases Statement on Failure by Louisiana House to Pass Transportation Funding Bill (HB 632 by Rep. Steve Carter)

Controversial, long-shot bid to raise Louisiana’s gasoline tax dies

The five-month campaign to upgrade Louisiana’s jammed roads and bridges by raising the state gasoline tax died Wednesday with little fanfare in the Louisiana House.

May Washington Update: Senate Hearing on Ozone Standards

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on May 23 focused on the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (S. 263) and the Ozone Regulatory Delay and Extension of Assessment Length Act (S. 452).

BRAC Announces 2017 InternBR Cohort

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BRAC Testifies Before Federal Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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BUILD IT Coalition Commends Legislators Supportive of Transportation Investment

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La. gas tax hike comes to life but faces challenges

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Our Views: 17 cents a small price to pay for Louisiana’s desperate road woes

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Bill to hike Louisiana’s gas tax by 17 cents, raise $510M, clears House committee

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Provident Protoncare To Develop $85 Million Advanced Proton Therapy Center In Baton Rouge

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Early Louisiana high school graduates could earn scholarships after bill clears House panel

A bill aimed at rewarding high school students who graduate early, and supply dollars for Louisiana’s depleted child care aid program, won approval in the House Education Committee Tuesday.

Baton Rouge goes ‘Rogue’ with new production studio

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Push for Louisiana gas tax hike faces steep hurdles as leaders ramp up campaign

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BRAC Announces Support for EBR School System Millage Renewals

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East Baton Rouge school performance dips, Capital Region increases in BRAC report card

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BRAC Publishes Annual Education Report Card

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Pretending state doesn’t need higher gasoline tax delusional, Gov. John Bel Edwards tells business group

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Millennials, Gen Zers key to attracting new companies

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BR chamber intern program returns

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Daily Baton Rouge Area Business Honors for April 9, 2017

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In drive for gas tax hike, first and key battle is in the Louisiana House

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Local group joins coalition for better roads

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Two gas tax hikes in the works, and one would require voter approval

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Just ahead of gasoline tax debate, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, 21 others back at least $500 million hike

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Business Leaders Announce Statewide Transportation Coalition

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Our Views: Louisiana traffic problems ‘an urgent issue’; legislators, take note

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North Baton Rouge workshop scheduled

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BRAC Announces Return of InternBR Program

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BRAC Announces 2017 Legislative Priorities

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Volunteers encouraged to sign up for inaugural Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR cleanup day

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Report: Bad, congested Louisiana roads costing drivers thousands in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

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Leadership program accepting applications

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Mayor’s parish-wide cleanup set for April 1

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BRAC Confers Annual Awards

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Can boot camp, pitch competition spur investment in north Baton Rouge?

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Conscious Venture Lab Brings Conscious Capitalism® BootCamp to North Baton Rouge

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Infographic: Louisiana’s SoLA Super Region

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Baton Rouge rises to No. 2 in ‘Site Selection’ national ranking

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Baton Rouge Area Ranked No. 2 Mid-Sized Metro Nationally

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Statewide economic summit scheduled

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BRAC pushing education officials to address approaching tech sector workforce shortage

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BRAC cites need for computer science courses to meet demand for tech workers

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BRAC Issues Public Policy Commentary Advocating for Robust, Rigorous Computer Science Education in High Schools

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Baton Rouge Area Chamber accepting nominations for leadership program

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Baton Rouge Area Leadership Opens Nominations for Class of 2018

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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome takes on her toughest job yet as she tries to unite a city-parish divided by race, class and geography

The ‘Louisiana Chemical Corridor’ is coming to fruition with the help of LSU’s new Industrial Innovation Center

BRAC Announces Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy

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Lanny Keller: Here are some upcoming challenges for Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge economy, others

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Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area People in Business for Feb. 12, 2017

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Washington D.C. best chance for new direct flight from Baton Rouge this year

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Business Recovery In Baton Rouge After The Floods

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SG’s LSU Local initiative issues survey to improve Baton Rouge for students

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29 more small businesses receive flood aid from Rebirth fund

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BRAC Names 2017 Board Chair, Lee Jenkins

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BRAC Releases 2016 Results and 2017 Strategic Plan

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BRAC Releases 2017 Economic Outlook

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Hood Container Of Louisiana Announces New Jobs, Significant Upgrades To Facility In St. Francisville

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BREW celebrates innovators, entrepreneurs this week

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EPIC Piping opening adds spark to parish comeback

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Baton Rouge outpaces several peer cities in entrepreneurial activity

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Baton Rouge area adds 8K businesses over five-year period, BRAC says

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BRAC Releases Report on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Capital Region

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Baton Rouge area business leaders predict GOP-led government will be good for business

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BREW about more than just entrepreneurs

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Business response to Louisiana’s fight over LGBT workplace protections not expected to mimic backlash to North Carolina

Council on Aging, BREC, St. George Fire taxes on Nov. 8 ballot

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To grow, small businesses should seek advice, take advantage of local resources

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Our Views: A cleaner city is a better city

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Business executives sharing experiences

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BRAC says no to Council on Aging, yes to BREC

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Master P to Host Benefit Concert to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

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North Shore ‘visioning’ study suggests merging 7 organizations

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BRAC on ballot measures: ‘No’ to Council on Aging; ‘Yes’ to tuition autonomy for higher ed

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BRAC’s ‘Big Think’ scheduled Nov. 15

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BRAC Monthly Lunch to Feature Small Business Executives

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Most of Baton Rouge’s mayoral hopefuls, including White, pledge to oppose breakaway city

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Mayoral candidates say less traffic, cleaner city can lure business to Baton Rouge

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Most of Louisiana’s $438M in disaster aid expected to be spent on housing assistance

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Baton Rouge area traffic congestion a ‘cancer,’ new Mississippi river bridge needed, BRAC leader says

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Our Views: Despite flood, Baton Rouge’s growth will continue

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From the Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Feat. Rachel Pierson Delamain of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

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BRAC Launches 2017 Economic Outlook Survey

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HVS Market Pulse: Baton Rouge, LA

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BRAC’s Big Think to Explore Conscious Capitalism

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Jeff Cherry returns for BRAC’s Big Think at BREW with a message about conscious capitalism

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BRAC Releases Annual Workforce Report

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Angel investors outline advantages of privately funding new companies

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Lanny Keller: A new city hall awaits a new mayor-president

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Report cites Louisiana worker-training successes, says skilled-craft jobs losing stigma

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Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund Awards Second Round of Grants

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Rebirth Fund awards another $200K in grants to businesses impacted by August flood

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Angel investing in Baton Rouge to be examined at BRAC monthly luncheon

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50 small businesses get $200,000 in flood-aid grants

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Meanwhile, over at BRAC …

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BRAC Announces Election Platform

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BRAC releases its priorities for Baton Rouge mayoral and Metro Council elections

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Informational coffee highlights planning, permitting, development for Zachary realtors

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Widen roads? Build new ones? You decide: Green Light Plan makes its way onto ballot

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5 shootings, 5 cities: The black-white financial divide

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5 shootings, 5 cities: The black-white financial divide

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Holden defends recent trip to Panama

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Baton Rouge business leaders, elected officials headed to Panama this morning for economic development trip

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Louisiana Governor Visits White House To Request Federal Aid

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LA State Wire: A list of the members of the Restore Louisiana Task Force

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Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund Awards Grants

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Baton Rouge business community’s heavy hitters still up in the air on mayoral race

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Baton Rouge area business owners slow to apply for SBA disaster loans

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BRAC urges state education department to increase workplace experience opportunities for high school students

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BRAC: In order to meet federal standards, require high school students to get workplace experience

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BRAC Issues Public Policy Commentary Urging Inclusion of Workplace Experiences in Federal Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation

Baton Rouge, LA (September 6, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today issued a public policy commentary urging the Louisiana Department of Education to incorporate into its Every Student Succeeds Act implementation

The federal emergency loans Louisiana isn’t getting

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Metro Council to consider ordinance that would require fewer homeowners to elevate their properties

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BRAC Names Dirmann to Governmental Affairs Position

Baton Rouge, La. (September 2, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Barker Dirmann has been named governmental affairs and special projects manager for the organization. Previously, Dirmann held positions within the Office of the Governor and other state agencies.

BRAC Names Director of Business Development

Baton Rouge, La. (September 2, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Donnie Miller was named Director of Business Development for East Baton Rouge.

Mormon Helping Hands show up by the thousands to help with Louisiana floods

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Virtual Schoolhouse links businesses to classrooms

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Baton Rouge Chamber says President Obama’s proposed ozone standards would harm economy

All but two of the nation’s top performing metropolitan area economies — including Baton Rouge — wouldn’t meet ozone limits if the Obama administration moves forward with proposed air quality standards, according to a new report from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

BRAC Announces Virtual Schoolhouse Platform

Baton Rouge, LA (September 1, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the launch of BRAC’s Virtual Schoolhouse, an online platform to pair businesses with classrooms based on teacher-provided lesson plans and industry-offered expertise.

Open or shut, restaurants took on losses in the flood

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Capital Region businesses grapple with the impact of Baton Rouge’s worst natural disaster ever

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A call for help: Baton Rouge small businesses devastated by 1000-year flood

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New Louisiana Flood Data Reveals The Damage Is Far Worser Than Anyone Anticipated

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Recovery promises to be a lot easier for the area’s large, big box retailers than for local independent businesses

Latest Numbers Show Louisiana Flooding Was Worse Than Initially Thought

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Baton Rouge Chamber, La. Assoc. of Business and Industry and other business groups team up to help small business with Rebirth Fund

Louisiana Lawmakers to Determine Flooding Response … Garret Graves hopes floods spark broader discussion over disaster response

Why Beyonce Dedicated Her Video Of The Year Award To New Orleans — The City Is Facing A Crisis

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Recovery will happen, but local landscape is changed forever

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Much like post-Katrina, a major homeowner aid package could make or break flood recovery

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Helping Businesses Get Back On Solid Ground

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Business groups team up to help small businesses with Rebirth Fund

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Livingston Parish will likely relax restrictions on mobile homes and travel trailers in residential neighborhoods after flood

LA Business, Economic Development Groups Launch Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund

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Fund now open for small businesses affected by flooding

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The Latest: Flood grants available for small businesses

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Louisiana Flood 2016, Update 1

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Saturated ground means more rain could spur more flooding in southern Louisiana: AIR Worldwide

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Saturated ground means more rain could spur more flooding in southern Louisiana: AIR Worldwide

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BRAC, LABI and other business groups team up to help small businesses with Rebirth Fund

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You Need the Civil Society

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“We are all Louisianians now:” Tulane, Louisiana communities unify during historic floods

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Practice and Procedure: State and Federal Tax Extensions Available for Louisiana Taxpayers Affected by Historic Baton Rouge Floods

Rebuilding After Louisiana Floods Will Require Government Permission Slips

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Document Flood and Fire Damage to Ease Insurance Claims

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Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund launched

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Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund

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Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund Launched

Baton Rouge, La. (August 24, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) announced the creation of the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund

Jewish groups mobilize in Baton Rouge to aid flood victims

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Bill Nye Takes Umbrage With CNN’s ‘Climate-Change Denier’ After The Louisiana Floods

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Obama Promises Louisiana Flood Victims National Support During Visit … Fema says it has given more than $127 million to people hit by historic flood

‘Who’s with us?’: NOLA Medical Group creates One Louisiana Fund for small business relief

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Statistics show greatest impact of flooding was in EBR Parish

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Statistics show greatest impact of flooding was in EBR Parish

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Interactive map: Find your address, see where parts of Baton Rouge flooded

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New BRAC figures show more than 146k Capital Region homes in flood-impacted areas

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Devault Foods Swept Into Action By Floods in Baton Rouge

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Thousands still in shelters after record Louisiana floods

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Thousands still in shelters after record Louisiana floods

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BRAC Updates Analysis of Potential Magnitude of the Flood’s Impact on Baton Rouge Region

Baton Rouge, La. (August 22, 2016)– The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) updated its preliminary analysis of the potential magnitude of the flooding on the Baton Rouge Area, based on new information from East Baton Rouge.

Furniture industry rises to help flood victims

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Mapping the Extent of Louisiana’s Floods

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Significant Digits for Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

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Q&A on the News

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Experts predict ‘crazy’ housing market, population shifts in Baton Rouge after historic flooding

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Louisiana Takes Stock Of The Damage After Devastating Flooding

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Report: 110,000 homes worth $20 billion in flood-affected areas

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Why Louisiana politicians could face hurdles in fight for federal disaster recovery dollars

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Flooded-out children adrift, traumatized … Homes damaged, schools closed, routines altered after Louisiana Disaster

58 percent of Baton Rouge Parish inundated

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Find resources and information to help guide you through flood recovery

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BRAC Programs Promote Talent Development

Baton Rouge, LA (August 9, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) held a graduation ceremony for the InternBR program’s inaugural Class of 2016 on Friday, August 5

Baton Rouge Area Leadership Announces Class of 2017

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BRAC Signature Speaker Series to Feature PricewaterhouseCoopers Executive

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BRAC Director Selected for National Fellowship on Education

Baton Rouge, LA (July 19, 2016) – Liz Smith, director of policy and research at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), has been named a 2016-2017 Fellow for the Association of Chamber Executives Fellowship for Education Attainment, the program’s first Louisiana participant.

BRAC Announces Quality of Place Program

Baton Rouge, La. (July 12, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), announced its engagement in “quality of place” initiatives today at its Regional Stakeholders Breakfast, as the result of a series of strategic planning meetings with business leaders and community partners.

Second Cohort of Teacher Externships Gives Educators Hands-on Experience in Skilled Craft

Baton Rouge, LA (June 28, 2016) – Twelve teachers from the Baton Rouge Area completed a five-day immersive externship in skilled craft last week as part of the North Capital Region Jump Start Team’s Talent Pool.

Our Views: Bad traffic, dangerous commutes no surprise for Baton Rouge drivers

To paraphrase a great movie line, we don’t need no stinkin’ statistics to know that Baton Rouge is one of the worst towns in America to drive in.

Leadership BR

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Baton Rouge Rises to No. 31 in Site Selection Publication’s National Rankings

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Alumni group to host BRAC

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Volunteers provide facelift at Belfair Montessori Magnet School

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Edwards announces transportation task force, names Louisiana DOTD chief Shawn Wilson as co-chair

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For BRAC, more wins than losses in regular season

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Alumni group to ‘Think Bigger’ with BRAC

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BRAC Issues Emergency Preparedness Recommendations for Businesses

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 7, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released its annual recommendations to help businesses prepare for weather emergencies.

InternBR Program Underway

Baton Rouge, LA (May 31, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the curriculum and schedule for the inaugural class of InternBR, a professional development program for area interns.

Paychex plans to expand Baton Rouge office, add 100 jobs

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BRAC Congratulates Paychex on Baton Rouge Expansion

Baton Rouge, LA (May 26, 2016) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) congratulates Paychex on today’s announcement of a 100-job expansion at its Baton Rouge location.

Senate-passed charter school restriction approved by House committee

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Registration open for GNO-BRAC trip to Panama

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Wal-Mart exec hails worker diversity

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Lanny Keller: A new commuter line makes sense for Baton Rouge to Crescent City

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Wal-Mart exec reiterates need to close pay gaps, overcome workplace discrimination

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Baton Rouge’s tech sector sees expansion

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BRAC shows support for rail

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Developers can begin submitting for tax abatements after council overrides Holden’s veto

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BRAC policy statement supports passenger rail service from Baton Rouge to New Orleans

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BRAC makes its case for Baton Rouge-New Orleans passenger rail service

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Summit seeks to improve economic development ties in Louisiana

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Collaboration, workforce development among hot topics at Statewide Economic Development Summit

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Despite some opposition, the Baton Rouge Health District is moving forward with a big vision for growth under its first executive director

Capitol Region school district 2014-2015 average scores declined by 4% BRAC says

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BRAC announces annual award winners

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1 Million Cups entrepreneurial and pitch program to launch in Baton Rouge

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Edwards, Entergy Louisiana president top Economic Summit agenda

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BRAC introduces InternBR program

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Baton Rouge chamber starting training program for student interns

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is starting a program designed to provide area student interns with professional development and training.

InternBR is an eight-week initiative of the organization’s talent development department.

The program will take place in June and July and include lunch-and-learn sessions, extended outings and a graduation ceremony. Applications will be accepted through April 22.

Adam Knapp guest column: How special session could endanger Louisiana economic progress

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Economic development can occur in north Baton Rouge, officials say

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Shell Chemical Plans $717 Million Olefins Manufacturing Plant in Geismar, Louisiana

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Higher wages indicate strong, growing economy in Baton Rouge metro area, BRAC says

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Shell Chemical breaks ground on Major Louisiana Expansion

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Lanny Keller: State Capitol politics threaten Baton Rouge’s growth, prosperity

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BRAC, LED still hopeful Belgium company will follow through on planned $150M facility in north Baton Rouge

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Louisiana’s new economic director to strengthen state’s focus on small business development

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Baton Rouge business community grapples with how much it’s willing to give up as Louisiana budget battle looms

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BRAC learns a lesson about region’s outside perception after losing major project

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Hospital CEO: Budget cuts could devastate healthcare

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La. moves up in innovation rankings

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Gov. Edwards to be Keynote Speaker at Statewide Economic Development Summit

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BRAC joining other regional chambers to host statewide economic development forum

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Statewide economic development summit set

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BRAC releases new five-year economic development plan to improve traffic, local image

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What Will Baton Rouge Be When It Grows Up?

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Lanny Keller: In face of oil collapse, Louisiana’s path is clear: We must use our brains

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Louisiana should tackle transportation woes during special session, BRAC leader says

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Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference planned for 2016 BREW

When Dima Ghawi moved to Baton Rouge about three years ago while working for IBM, she found there were no groups dedicated to women in business or women in leadership.

BRAC, state agencies offering small business credential through Louisiana Jumpstart Program

High school students in Louisiana who want to own their own business in the future can now gain valuable skills through a new credential program created by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in collaboration with other statewide agencies, teachers and experts.

Quality of life improvements, traffic solutions top BRAC’s new five-year strategic plan

With an ever-present eye toward its regional competitors, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber unveiled today its new five-year regional strategic plan, which calls for drastically improving transportation in the region while retaining top talent to move the nine-parish Baton Rouge metro area forward.

Baton Rouge Area chamber announces five-year regional growth plan

The past two years have been the best for the Baton Rouge economy in terms of new job growth for at least 20 years. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber unveiled a new five-year strategic plan that aims to build upon that growth.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber names Hatcher chief of staff

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has promoted Lauren Hatcher, its marketing director, to a new chief of staff role.

BRAC taps Lauren Hatcher as new chief of staff after Erin Monroe Wesley’s departure

Lauren Hatcher has been named the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s new chief of staff, a position in which she will coordinate BRAC’s annual business planning process and meet with various stakeholders, including board members and investors.

Baton Rouge lands BlueLine Associates’ Software Development Office

BlueLine Associates will establish a new software development office at the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge, creating 40 new jobs with an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits.

Anedot draws out-of-state angel investors, but will other Louisiana startups do the same?

Baton Rouge-based fundraising platform Anedot’s recent deal with a Dallas-based angel fund — equity for expertise — marked a rare instance of a Louisiana startup drawing out-of-state backing.

Trappey named BRAC chair

Ann Forte Trappey, chief executive officer and president of engineering firm Forte and Tablada, has been named chair of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber board for 2016.

Our Views: Big growth in region brings traffic snarls, headaches

Is the Baton Rouge metropolitan area going to choke on its growth? That may put the problem in too strong terms, but clearly a lot of growth — physical construction and sprawl, as well as population growth — is a 2016 challenge for the region.

A new coalition called CRISIS joins business and industry to tackle the traffic problem

The Capital Region has long had serious traffic problems, and business leaders have long complained about government’s inability to fix them. A new business-backed coalition is hoping it can help find and implement the solutions before things get too much worse.

Our Views: Outlook up for holidays despite continued hardships around low oil prices

Holiday shopping is in full cry now, with the million twinkling lights along Canal Street in New Orleans marking a festive beginning to the Christmas season — even as south Louisiana’s economy faces some challenges, including low oil prices.

LSU professor and media trainer for LSU athletes shares his ‘Golden Rule’ of personal branding

If business is good, chances are you are likable, says Tommy Karam, senior instructor in the department of marketing at LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.

Small chemical to develop new linear alpha olefins manufacturing unit

The unit – what will be the fourth added to Shell’s Geismar plant – has the capacity to produce up to 425 kilotons of alpha olefins per year, making the Geismar site one of the largest olefins producers in the world, according to the release.

Small Business Saturday grown to $14 billion event

Mom-and-pop businesses across south Louisiana will get their chance to shine on Small Business Saturday, which has grown to be a $14.3 billion event since it was established five years ago.

Motivation to get into business should transcend money matters, Big Think panel says

Businesses looking to make their mark need to be worried about their impact on and relationships with communities, employees and stakeholders—not just their bottom line and relationships with shareholders.

Our Views: Both candidates for governor back trust fund protections for road spending

Promises are cheap and $12 billion is an awful lot of money. What is encouraging is that the two major candidates for governor pledged a commitment to transportation problems when challenged by a Baton Rouge-based group of major employers.

BRAC’s big think brings BREW into home stretch

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week is heading into the home stretch today with BRAC’s Big Think kicking off this morning at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Baton Rouge-area employment projected to rise by up to 9,000 jobs in 2016

The Baton Rouge metro economy is projected to add between 5,000 and 9,000 jobs in 2016, continuing the steady pace of growth that has been going on for several years.

Baton Rouge area economy expected to expand by up to 2.2% next year

The Baton Rouge metro area’s economy is growing at a faster rate than predicted at this time last year, but workforce development concerns and issues related to transportation and infrastructure threaten to hamper future economic growth, Baton Rouge Area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp said this morning during the unveiling of BRAC’s 2016 Economic Outlook.

Baton Rouge group encouraged as governor’s candidates pledge to find solutions to road, bridge problems

Officials of a coalition of Baton Rouge area business groups said Tuesday morning they are encouraged that both candidates for governor have pledged to find ways to solve road and bridge problems.

BRAC: Research must remain a priority for Baton Rouge to continue as a regional economic leader

Baton Rouge must continue to make spending on innovative and academic research a priority if it wants to continue to grow and maintain its regional standing as as an economic leader, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber says in a study released Thursday.

Planning growth by focusing on transportation

If there’s one thing Baton Rouge residents can agree on, it’s that traffic is a huge challenge, clogging roads and choking economic growth.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans leaders partner to make super region

Business leaders say it just makes sense to brand Baton Rouge and New Orleans as one big metropolitan area. They say that will put more eyes on the region and bring in more business as well as jobs

Baton Rouge, New Orleans to eventually join together as one metro statistical area,economic development leaders predict

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas will eventually become a single metropolitan statistical area, or MSA, which will be a boom for economic development, predicts GNO Inc. President Michael Hecht, who joined Baton Rouge Area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp in an address to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge today on the rise of the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Super Region.

LA: The Martin-Brower Co. Breaks Ground on $16M Flood Logistics Facility

Gov. Bobby Jindal and The Martin-Brower Company LLC highlighted the start of construction for Martin Brower’s $16 million food distribution facility in Walker. Company officials led a groundbreaking ceremony at the Livingston Industrial Park on U.S. Highway 190, where Martin Brower will build a 142,000-square-foot logistics facility for state-of-the-art distribution to quick-service restaurants in a three-state region.

BRAC announces support for renewing EBR library tax

BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced Monday they supported renewing a property tax which covers more than 98 percent of the East Baton Rouge Library system’s budget.

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week returns for fifth year with pitch completions, panel discussions and networking events

Now in its fifth year, Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week returns next month with a number of familiar events as well as some new ones, as revealed this morning by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.